Independence and Human Suffering

Today is July 4, when we remember our American forefather’s historic decision to break away from British monarchy, and embark on our own journey of political, religious, and economic freedom. Personally, I often find myself cynnical about this moment–did we really do much to actually affect change in the world? Or was this just one of many usurpations of power in the history of the world? I’ll leave the last answer up to the historians, but I’ll take a stab at the first one. Justin Taylor recently posted two videos on his blog, that pointed to the fact that freedom in fact leads to greater quality of life: less sickness, greater life expectancy, and greater wealth.First watch these:

These aren’t the first statistics I’ve seen that point to the reality that greater freedom, within the bounds of law (particularly democratic republics) leads to world change. I’d like to think that America was one model, albeit deeply flawed and evil at times, that we can celebrate. It should be our prayer that freedom (religious, economic, and political) continues to spread, so that poverty and sickness decrease throughout the world. All the while, let’s long for the day when all poverty will end, when all sickness will cease, and when all tears will dry in the kingdom of heaven.


About Patrick K. Miller

Currently I am living in Columbia serving at the University of Missouri with Veritas, The Crossing's campus ministry. In December 2010 I graduated from Mizzou with a degree in English Literature. My beautiful wife, Emily, works is an Interior Designer with a local firm. I like espresso, 30 Rock, and books. My favorite old dead guys are John Owen, Augustine and Francis Schaeffer. You should read something by them.
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