241 years ago today

Imacon Color Scanner241 years ago today, in St. John’s Church in Richmond, Va., a 38-year-old lawyer concluded an impassioned speech urging his audience to fight Britain, with the famous words, “but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Liberty was of utmost importance to Mr. Henry. It is to most of us. Especially as Americans, we like our freedom. We don’t want anyone telling us what to do. We enjoy – and often take for granted – freedoms craved by people in other parts of the world.

Do you feel free? Sometimes, do the responsibilities of life, or the habits you find hard to break or problems you can’t shake free from, make you feel somewhat enslaved? Understandable.

Jesus told listeners in Luke 4:18 he came to the world to “set the oppressed free.” What do you think that means? Read it in context in Luke 4. Check out John 8 and Romans 6 while you’re at it. Some profound thoughts about freedom. Real liberty. A liberty beyond anything Patrick Henry imagined.


241 years ago today

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