Franklin D. Roosevelt: What Is Freedom For All?

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Viana Waldner
L. Waldner
6 Jan. 2016
Freedom for All? Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” Statements like this stir up a feeling of passion and pride in the hearts of Americans for all our privileges. Freedom has obviously always been a desire encrypted deep within our minds. We demand ourselves to be the highest priority and the liberty to do what we please to be of utmost importance. We have fought desperately to obtain the freedom we have, and much blood has been shed for its cause. America is known around the world for its emphasis on freedom and liberty for all, and what a flattering reputation that is.
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God almighty in his most holy and wise providence, hath so disposed of the condition of mankind, as in all times some must be rich.” He believed that God designed it so that people have different walks in life, including their wealth or lack thereof. As a respected founder of the early American society, Winthrop’s idea could easily have influenced the actions taken by those who eventually organized the United States of America. Fast forward to 400 years later, and you’ll see this mindset has changed drastically. George Bush, in a speech after the 9/11 attack, declared that the God-given right of every person is to enjoy personal and political freedom. This is a drastic contrast to Winthrop’s idea that God orchestrates in his great wisdom the pleasures a person is allowed; he believed that it is not someone’s own job or responsibility to make for himself the life he…show more content…
People began trusting their own reasoning and science above the infallible word of God, and scripture like Ephesians 6:5-9, that says “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.”. This scripture obviously says that some people are slaves, and
Waldner 3 they must serve God regardless. These verses were being disregarded for the first time during the Enlightenment, replaced by self-righteousness. Rather than contentment, people began making demands, because they believed they had particular rights just for being human. This obviously doesn't reflect God’s idea of serving and loving Him no matter the situation. So how does this affect modern thinking in society today? America today still believes that she is the superiority to everyone else and American arrogance is a well-known trait
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