“Tuesday Mornings, Prop 8 (#5) at Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power, and welcome to our “Tuesday Mornings, Proposition 8” series. We’re going to be picking up from where we left off last week, especially in light of all the comments I received. So if this is your first time joining us, and if you feel at all like you’ve jumped into the middle of our conversation, feel free to check out last Tuesday’s blog to get caught up. So grab your cup of coffee and come on in and bring with you an open mind and heart. And before we start, please let me assure you, I’m learning as we go and I do not claim to have all the information, just a passion and a purpose derived from curiosity and experience.

So last week I ended our time on the subject of our freedom and our rights, and that has been lingering in my mind all week. I received several comments last week – a big thank you to all of you who shared your thoughts and kept it respectful and clean – and there’s one comment that really made me think. It reads: “It’s a ‘choice’ how to live one’s life/lifestyle. And I agree with the freedom of choice, who could be a benefactor on life insurance policies, health/dental plans, etc. It’s our money we earn and that should be an equal right to anyone. That is a choice also. That’s part of the issue with this and personally, I don’t think that’s fair. However, a vote is a vote, period. However any of us as citizens view this Prop. 8., believers/non-believers, New Age, Buddahists, etc. my vote should count and not be overturned.” (Sue Gomez)

So this comment sort of collides with these questions that have been running rampant through my mind this past week: So where is the line between freedom and abuse of freedom? Are our rights based upon our freedom? Or is our freedom based upon our rights? In other words, which came first? Historically speaking, our freedom came first and then our rights were established by our forefathers. “Freedom” was known before the 12th century.

So let’s examine the definition of freedom, and try and cover all four corners, historically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines freedom as: “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous; the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken; improper familiarity; unrestricted use; a political right.”

Now all of those definitions cover three corners, historical, physical and emotional, so I’ll look to my Hebrew and Greek concordance to get a Biblical/spiritual definition for the word freedom. The first mention of “freedom” is found in Leviticus, which is Old Testament; therefore I’ll use the Hebrew concordance which translates to chuphshah, and it is defined as liberty from slavery – and though this is a definition for Old Testament times, we can apply it to our life today for a form of slavery is anything that has control over us. So when I look up the first mention of “liberty” in the Old Testament, and then I check for its Hebrew translation, it says “spontaneity of outflow and so clear, and – OMG, the next definition for liberty is “pure.” I’m so not making that up; that’s what it says.

Okay, let’s keep digging for the Greek/New Testament definition for “freedom.” Interestingly, according to the New King James version and my concordance, the word “freedom” comes up two times; once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament. So the Greek word for “freedom” is politeia – do you see the word root for political – and it means commonwealth. Politeia also signifies the relation in which a citizen stands to the state, the condition of a citizen/citizenship. It goes on to describe the apostle Paul’s citizenship, and then it says that “politeia,” besides private rights, included: “(1a) exemption from all degrading punishments; (1b) a right of appeal to the emperor after a sentence…”

Wow, I don’t know about you, but my head hurts. Freedom sounds like such a small word, but as you can see, it has such huge implications, many possibilities, and there’s so much to think about.

Again, please feel free to leave your comments, but please be clean and respectful, even if there’s something you don’t agree with. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow as I finish up with September’s WOW, words of wisdom, and then Wednesday, we’ll pick up with the “A Psalm a Day” series.

Have a beautiful day



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13 Responses to ““Tuesday Mornings, Prop 8 (#5) at Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

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    You go girl! I can’t wait for comments on this one. So often, I wonder why nudity or cursing or public displays of affection have become “freedoms of expression”. “They” claim “they” have “their” right to cause shock and awe and we are in “their” way … just as I have had a smoker tell me that if I don’t like the smoke, I should just hold my breath.

    It’s difficult for us to express our feelings about this freedom issue. We want our freedoms respected just as “they” do. In this process, our freedoms have been abused.

    I so appreciate your research and insight.

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