Freedom rings through this spiritual season, highlighted this week by the observance of major religious holidays.
“This week,” writes Stephanie Fenton, “more than 1 billion Christians, plus millions of Jews … mark some of the most important observances of the year: Easter and Passover. … It’s an auspicious time in other world religions, too. This week, freedom and thankfulness are common themes.” (For more, read Stephanie’s What’s the Spiritual Season?)
Passover, for example, celebrates the exodus of Jews from bondage in Egypt. As part of this observance, Jews often reflect on oppression in the world today and what might be done about it.
This week is the pinnacle of the Christian experience, recalling the message of spiritual freedom – the celebrated entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, his crucifixion by imperial Rome, and his resurrection.
These are stories of religious and political freedom.
But “FREEDOM” can mean many things.
What does freedom mean to you?
I asked my young son that question. “To be away from my parents and not have to follow their rules,” he answered. Ah, I thought, freedom from the tyranny of oppression and arbitrary rule! He’s starting to get the idea.
Survey researchers have not been able to resist posing this same question to the American people. What’s the top response? Religious freedom? Freedom of speech? Freedom of assembly? No, the number one reason given is, “Freedom to do what I want.”
Would that top your list? If not, what would?
Freedom is a core American value. But it has many meanings. And, there has never been a static consensus of what freedom means in America. This week we’ll use our spiritual season to explore the theme of freedom of America. I’m sure you have strong views – and experiences – to share with us, so please do!
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