Have we turned freedom into an idol?

Statue of LibertyWhat is an idol? The word tends to carry the connotation of something bad. But often an idol is something good, just worshipped inappropriately.

Consider money. Is it not good to give money to the poor? Yes, it can become an idol. But so can anything. It is not bad in an of itself.

It’s instructive to consider some of the online definitions of an idol. It is said to be, “a false god” and “a person or thing that is adored, often blindly or excessively.”

Now consider the value of freedom. It is of value, but when we turn it into an ultimate value, have we not crafted an idol for ourselves? How many values, how many children, in our land and the lands of our enemies, are we willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom?

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