Man is free, to be sure, but without the true God he is defenceless against the principle of evil. He is a like rudderless ship, at the mercy of the storm, an infant without his mother, a cloud dissolving into thin air. – Hans Scholl/Alexander Schmorell, Leaflet 4 of the White Rose
One of the popular definitions of “freedom” is the ability for one to do whatever one would like, whenever they would like. In the current culture, the idea of following “rules”, such as those set forth in the Bible, seems antithetical to the entire concept of freedom.
However, I believe this interpretation to be somewhat faulty. All actions have consequences. When one looks at the Bible, for instance, many of the “rules” laid out are not so much restrictions to hinder a person’s “fun”, but to allow a person, no matter what the circumstances, to live a life of greater freedom.
For example, our current culture these days seems to want to “celebrate” every type of sexual deviancy, under the pretense that by doing so enhances a person’s “freedom”. However, this is nothing but license, not freedom. The consequences of a radicalization of sexual “norms” obviously leads to a number of consequences not just for the person who has conducted such behavior, but also for society at large. However, in order to compensate for this, those who promote this license also demand that the collective society “level the playing field” by forcing all members to pay for the consequences for this license.
I came across this site, Freedom in the 50 States a little while ago, and find the research to be quite fascinating. My quibble with it, however, is that besides comparing fiscal and regulatory freedoms, they also compare personal freedoms. While this may not seem like a bad thing, if one looks at the subcategories for this, among the positives in this category are states that have “freedoms” for marijuana use, etc., that serve no one in a positive way (this is not including legitimate medical use, which is another topic). Therefore, I’m not surprised that the site was put together by well known Libertarians, and, to their credit, they have set up the map so that any one playing with it can customize it to issues that they think ought to be included.