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Forgiving Ahab

Naboth’s vineyard and God’s justice

The strangest thing about freedom in America is not how invisible it is to a foreigner or how cherished it is by those who live there but how frequently it’s portrayed as being under threat. Unlike almost every other country in the world, America went through the 20th century without being invaded or living under totalitarian government, and it left the century with the same constitution with which it entered it. Yet nowhere else is public discourse so saturated with the rhetoric of freedom being in daily peril. When one political party looks to be elected, the right of abortion on demand is seen as on the point of being snatched away. When another party looks to be elected, the right to bear arms is said to be in dire jeopardy. When America is attacked by an unknown force, the president assumes that the attack comes from parties who “hate our freedoms.”

 

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