Two different versions of freedom

Two different versions of freedom

Originally posted at the Do Everything In Love Community Facebook page

What was said — “So let’s run the race marked out for us. Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents, fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire…”
What is written in Hebrews 12:1b-2a — “…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…”
Hmmmm……where should I fix my eyes? On Christ or the American flag and our American heroes?
What was said “… the author and perfecter of our faith and freedom…”
What is written in Hebrews 12:2a — “…the author and perfecter of faith, who, for the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Hmmmmm……author and perfecter of what, exactly? I’m fairly certain the freedom being spoken of here is more “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and less enduring the cross.
What was said — “…and never forget that ‘where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,’ that means freedom always wins…”
What is written in 2 Corinthians 3:16-17 — 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Hmmmmm….there might be two different versions of “freedom” at work here.