Photo source: www.google.com ■ By Ronald Ritter / Contributed The tumultuous setting for Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John 8:36 was not unlike the tumultuous time when America’s founders approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The actual military struggle for the American colonists against the tyranny of the British Empire began in April of 1775 at Lexington, Massachusetts. For the Founders, the ideal of freedom applied not only to their spiritual lives but also to their political and national ones. For the Founders, the intimate connection between spiritual and national freedom was a foregone conclusion. They were guided by their strong intellect steeped

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