The Way of Freedom

[The following is substantially the text of the Christian Science program presented on Sunday, January 17, over the Columbia Broadcasting System "Church of the Air." The speaker was Glenn L. Morning.]

At the entrance of New York Harbor stands a colossal sculpture which is one of the world's foremost symbolic structures. I speak, of course, of the Statue of Liberty. To the whole world this statue has become a symbol of human freedom. The broken shackles of tyranny molded at her feet, the inscription on the tablet in her left hand, "July 4, 1776," and the torch held high in her right hand—all signify freedom and liberty.

Fundamentally, man's freedom is God-given, as the bible brings out but in human experience men have often had to pay a high price to overcome enslavement and oppression and to bring their lives into accord with their divine right to be free. To the extent that a human government protects men from slavery and tyranny and its laws promote freedom and opportunity for all men, to this extent does it conform to God's government—the rule of His spiritual law of goodness which is impartially and universally available to all.

Great progress has been made in the field of human rights and liberties, but mankind is still seeking release from the despotism of fear, insecurity, poverty, hunger, pain, disease, sorrow, and false appetites. Freedom from discords such as these comes to men as they understand God's law of goodness and are willing to bring their lives into conformity with this law.

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January 23, 1965

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