My spouse and I recently attended a musical entitled "1776". During one of the heated debates the delegate from Virginia called the King of England a 'tyrant' who had taken their freedoms away. The delegate from Pennsylvania objected to the term 'tyrant' and he insisted that the King of England had given them their freedom so he therefore had the right to take away some of those freedoms. The Virginia delegate argued that 'freedom' was a 'God given right' and that no earthly King had the right to take that freedom away.
I could not help but think about the exchange between God and Samuel when God's people rejected Him as their King. God tells Samuel "And the Lord told him: Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their King". The people had rejected God the very Divine being who had delivered them from slavery and given them their freedom.
(I Samuel 8:7)
God told Samuel to warn the people that their new earthly King would take their children and send them to war. He would take the best of their fields, vineyards and animals and give them to other people. The King will oppress you. "When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the King you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day." (I Samuel 8:18)
It seems to me that things have not changed that much. Our Nation has turned its back on God the very Divine being that helped us secure our freedom from the King of England in 1776.
God is the giver of every good gift but our country has rejected Him. Instead we look to our Government (our King) to take care of all our needs and provide for our welfare. We call things that are good bad and things that are bad good. I read the ending of the book and all the earthly Kings will pass away but Jesus the King of Kings will return to claim his own.
I think Joshua said it best when he said "Choose this day whom you will serve but as for me and my household we will serve the Lord."
Your God given freedom allows you to choose whom you will serve.