By Adrian Rogers
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48
As Christian citizens, we must abstain from all that’s wrong and approve all that’s right.
It is character that produces liberty. The reason Americans live in freedom today is because they began as people of character. Don’t let that go past you.
Responsibility and character are two ways of saying the same thing. They’re inseparably linked with liberty. For example, a little baby has no responsibilities. He doesn’t have to worry about anything. Everybody takes care of him. But he has no liberties. He does what he’s told to do. He eats that bland oatmeal and those strained beets. He is bathed and put to bed. No responsibilities…but no liberties.
As he grows in responsibility, he gets more and more liberty. There’ll come a time when his father will give him the car keys. But if he acts irresponsibly with the car, the father takes the keys and his privilege away. If he acts really irresponsibly, he may wind up in jail and all his liberties are taken away. Liberty is responsibility assumed.
A republic is a government for people with character, and only people with character can maintain it. If we lose our character as a nation, we are going to lose our liberty. If we want to remain free, we must be men and women of character, and raise young men and women of character.
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