FREEDOMfree to choose
does not mean endorsement of
someone else’s choice IT IS just their right
to make the choice for themselves
the founding fathers
struggled with how to protect that
to the best of their ability and
they disagreed vehemently over many issues
in their era, it was a time of
• white males—they were land owners, educated
• black males—they were property, uneducated
• women—they were property, uneducated
• native Americans—they were non-entities

FIRST: the question is
what is YOUR definition of “freedom”?
• does it mean my right to define what choices others make so that they line up with my belief system?
• do I demand the right to dictate what choices others make that I strongly disagree with?
• does it mean, like God, leaving people to be “free-will agents” who may make choices that do not line up with my belief system?

SECOND: the question is
how does freedom play out in SHARED areas?
• should I look at “freedom” in shared areas from a different perspective?
example: shooting fireworks in my backyard versus shooting fireworks in a crowd with no restrictions
• does “my rights end where your nose begins” apply in our shared spaces?

CONSIDERATION: allowing others to be free to choose does not mean endorsement of that choice
example: allowing others to choose their marriage partner does NOT mean I approve of or endorse that choice AND I do not have to make the same choice

FREEDOM — free to choose
does not mean endorsement of
someone else’s choice just their right to
make the choice for themselves
Freedom is an individual’s right to choose

(remember WASPs?  — I grew up “knowing” the “ruling class” was                                  White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) are a social group of wealthy and well-connected white Americans, of Protestant and predominantly British ancestry, who trace their ancestry to the American colonial period.  Until at least the 1960s, this group has dominated American society and culture and dominated in the leadership of the Whig and Republican parties.)

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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