Is America Still the Land of the Free?

Of a truth, the only real liberty is that Liberty which the Lord Christ grants either to an individual, a family, a state, or a nation, by His Sovereign Grace. For an individual, liberty is granted as a result of regeneration. This liberty is a spiritual liberty from the penalty of sin, and the ravages of sin’s dominion over the flesh. While it is spiritual, it is no less real. Its essence is Divine, and its power is therefore of God, which makes it very real in this life. The liberty one has in Christ is not merely conceptual or theoretical, but actual, with physical, behavioral and emotional evidences attached. cf Gal 5

Since True Liberty is only that Liberty which is under God, a family, state, or nation, en mass, realizes Biblical Liberty when it submits itself to the Law of God as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Contra-wise, whenever an individual, family, state or nation refuses to submit itself to the Law-Word of God, it comes under the frowning providence of God, and is thereby libel to God’s wrath. If repentance is forthcoming, God turns, and re-establishes that entity under His blessing. However, if that entity continues in its rebellion, God judges, and if repentance ultimately fails, He destroys that entity, be it an individual, family, state or nation.

That America has been the recipient of God’s blessing under a Christianize socio-political and economic structure, despite some missteps historically, is without question. Recent America has not been so blessed. Under the present Administration for instance, America has taken a grave-yard spiral downward to almost utter perdition. The proof is evident in every area of American life especially in the ethical arena which suffuses every institution, especially legislation and public policy. While this has been a long time coming it is painfully blatant at this present time.

I found the post below from the Heritage Foundation quite interesting, and thought it would be especially interesting to those Christians, and non-Christian businessmen alike, as well as to those who have a general interest in the economy of our nation. It is posted here without any lengthy commentary so that I might share with the reader the Heritage Foundation’s findings.

Liberty is a precious gift. Whether that liberty is spiritual, cultural or economic, it is both precious and priceless. Since this particular post deals with the economy of our nation my focus is economic. Thus, when our national economic liberty is threatened by those in legislative power, the American people must stand against such an abuse of magisterial power – and it is the people of God that must lead the way by the implementation of God’s Word on the economy.

“Is America Still the Land of the Free?”
The Heritage Foundation

“For the first time in the history of the Index of Economic Freedom, the United States is no longer in the top category of economically free countries, and even places second in the North American region (behind Canada). This year’s score of 78, though high by global standards, is 2.7 points lower than last year, and bumps it to a second tier country of freedom.

What is Economic Freedom?

Economic freedom refers to the ability of individuals to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself. Studies in the Index of Economic Freedom demonstrate important relationships between economic freedom and job creation, per capita income, economic growth rates, human development, democracy, the elimination of poverty, and environmental protection.

What Changed?

The U.S. government’s interventionist responses to the economic and financial crisis that began in 2008 have significantly undermined economic freedom and long term prospects for economic growth. There are multiple factors which affect a country’s economic freedom—government size and regulation, trade restrictions, inflation and price controls, and labor policies, among the few. Economic freedom has declined in 7 of the 10 categories measured.

Uncertainties caused by ongoing regulatory changes and politically influenced stimulus spending have discouraged entrepreneurship and job creation, thereby slowing recovery. Leadership in free trade has been undercut by “Buy American” provisions in stimulus legislation and failure to pursue previously agreed trade agreements with Panama, Columbia, and South Korea. Tax rates are increasingly uncompetitive and massive. Stimulus spending is creating unprecedented deficits. Bailouts of financial and automotive firms have generated concerns about property rights.

Why is Economic Freedom Important?

Economic freedom is crucial to increasing prosperity and creating jobs. Overregulation, taxes, and uncertainty in the market discourage investment—the key factor in creating jobs. The solution to creating more jobs and delivering economic growth sits with entrepreneurs and businesses, not with government decision-makers. Put simply, the public sector can’t match the vitality of the private sector in promoting growth. Governments, even those that promise change, are primarily agents of the status quo. Real change happens when those outside the mainstream have the freedom to try new things: new production processes, new technologies, and new methods of organizing workers and capital.

Furthermore, greater economic freedom has a positive correlation to higher standards of living and GDP growth, less poverty, and good governance. Citizens in economically free nations enjoy greater access to ideas and resources, forces that let all of us exchange, interact and participate in an increasingly interconnected world. The best way to help those in poverty is to give them access to the pursuit of their own dreams and goals, and a stake in their own success.”

One final thought: As to why economic freedom and prosperity for the Saints is important. So that we may establish God’s Covenant and advance His Kingdom on earth – in time and in history. cf Deut 8:18
Pro Rege

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