“Time is the very lens through which ye see—small and clear, as men see through the wrong end of a telescope—something that would otherwise be too big for ye to see at all. That thing is Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves parts of eternal reality.”
Beyond our mortality, in the place where God dwells, there is no time as we know it. Every moment is this moment—every action, every choice, every consequence is known because it is happening now. If that’s hard to wrap your head around, then all is as it should be. You are not meant to understand it.
We are meant, for the present, to live each moment as it comes to us along a line of time. Without the march of time, we would no longer be free to honestly make a choice derived from our will. When we pass from the grip of linear time, we will have made every choice, actually The Choice concerning the nature of our eternity.
As Americans, we like to believe that we are free. In the sense that we live a somewhat less regulated life than most of the world—we are. Since the early 20th century, that becomes less true with each passing day. However, no government has bestowed freedom upon us, and no government may truly take it from us.
We may be financially ruined, isolated, shamed, imprisoned, and even executed, but the choice to suffer these things is ours to make. We may choose to conform to the current thinking and behavior of society, wave with every new breeze, or choose to be the person upon whom the Creator bestowed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Now, life, liberty, and happiness are not abstract notions we define, nor are they social constructs. They are the gift of a Creator and exist for mankind only as divinely designed. We are free to be drunkards, liars, thieves, and murderers, to be as amoral as we choose to be.
That will not engender life, liberty, or happiness. They do not exist outside of God no matter how much we wish they did. In our freedom, we possess the opportunity to grow to resemble God, to fully take on the divine likeness and image of creation, and thus enter into eternal, timeless, reality.
Governments do not make us free, constitutions and declarations do not make us free—choosing to receive the Truth makes us free. Choose freedom every day.
Sic Semper Tyrannis