Four Freedoms –

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

i did not post yesterday and thus the reason for a rare Saturday post. i was sitting minding my own business when i heard the man on the television start speaking about 4 freedoms. It caught my attention and so i continued to listen where i found out that it was an art show and they were featuring Norman Rockwell paintings. The 4 freedoms were the story of how President Franklin D Roosevelt addressed congress on January 6, 1941 regarding the 4 freedoms and Norman Rockwell captured them in 4 paintings. 

When i start on a journey, it’s always good to know where i’m going. Some destinations are easier to define than others. If i’m going to take a road trip then a destination is a somewhat simple matter. As soon as i decide where i want to go, i can look it up on a map, plan my itinerary and i’m off. The destination of spiritual freedom is a bit more challenging. And political freedoms that apply to world governments seem to be impossible. One of the problems with spiritual and political freedom is that they are more of a direction than a destination. It is dangerous for me to say that i have arrived when the object is beyond my reach.

Freedom principles whether spiritual or political apply to many areas of my life. As soon as i “become free” in one area i find that i am still in bondage in another. Becoming free and living free is the journey of a lifetime.

Martha Coakly lost the senate race in Massachusetts. Her story caught my attention because of her processing of the experience. She said, “You do not win all the time, but you put in your best efforts because sometimes it’s more important to travel hopefully, than to arrive.” To accept that it is more important to travel hopefully than to arrive is to capture the spirit of every journey facing mankind.

President Roosevelt was a gifted communicator. On January 6, 1941, he addressed Congress, delivering the historic “Four Freedoms” speech. At a time when Western Europe lay under Nazi domination, Roosevelt presented a vision in which the American ideals of individual liberties were extended throughout the world. Alerting Congress and the nation to the necessity of war, Roosevelt articulated the ideological aims of the conflict. Eloquently, he appealed to Americans` most profound beliefs about freedom.

Prior to this time a man called Paul seemed to speak just as strongly about spiritual freedom and it’s effect on the world. Merrill Tenney says, “Few books have had a more profound influence on the history of mankind than has this small tract, for such it should be called. Christianity might have been just one more Jewish sect, and the thought of the Western world might have been entirely pagan had it never been written. Galatians embodies the germinal teaching on Christian freedom which separated Christianity from Judaism, and which launched it upon a career of missionary conquest. It was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation, because its teaching of salvation by grace alone became the dominant theme of the preaching of the Reformers.”

For me all freedom is spiritual.  The basic definition of “freedom” according to Webster’s dictionary is as follows: (1.) The quality or state of being free: as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. Freedom involves a choice. With that definition in mind here are the 4 freedoms that President Roosevelt shared as his ideas for the world.

“We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way– everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want . . . everywhere in the world.

 The fourth is freedom from fear . . . anywhere in the world.

Like Paul, Roosevelt presented a vision in which the Christian/American ideals of individual liberties were extended throughout the world. Alerting Congress and the nation to the necessity of war, Paul and Roosevelt articulated the ideological aims of the conflict. Eloquently, both appealed to Christians/Americans` most profound beliefs about freedom.

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