Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Stephen L. Richards
Let it never be forgotten that our concept of liberty is a gift. No human is the author of that concept. Many great men have so recognized it as did Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the Declaration of Independence and declared that “men are endowed with certain inalienable rights.” Why are these rights inalienable? Because men did not create the right to liberty! In the exercise of his free agency he may surrender his privileges, and his property, and he may become the slave of others or of the state, but his free agency is as native to him as the air he breathes. It is part and parcel of his eternal constitution, and Jefferson was righter than I think he himself knew when he declared it an endowment which cannot be alienated.
The message which we bear affirms that God is the Author of our inalienable liberty; that men, all men, are of noble lineage, sons and daughters of the Eternal Father; and that liberty is their birthright.
Source: Stephen L. Richards, General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1947. Stephen L. Richards (1879 – 1959) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also served as First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church.
Return to “Called Unto Liberty” Home Page.
Called Unto Liberty is a project of Steve Farrell and The Moral Liberal.
The Moral Liberal recommends Ezra Taft Benson’s: The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner