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Holding Out for a Hero

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Amy Wright, a 20-year-old MBA student at the University of Mobile, on the Millennial generation’s need for a hero—and for personal responsibility:

We, the Millennials — a generation that is roughly defined as those born between the late 1980s and early 2000s — have been raised through a time of political turmoil. Consequently, my generation understands that it takes personal responsibility to preserve a free society in a tumultuous world.

As we step into adulthood, we realize that preserving freedom is no easy task in a pluralistic society that isn’t entirely sure how it defines “freedom” anyway. Are we free to relegate our personal responsibilities to a wavering and transient government; or are we free to adhere to an enduring God-given standard of right and wrong, if we so choose?

George Bernard Shaw said, “liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” We cannot be free without being responsible. Each of us has a personal responsibility to manage our freedom wisely. We are responsible for our own actions, and we are responsible to raise the next generation to manage their freedom wisely as well. If we let the government take our responsibility into its own hands, then my generation and the generations to come will not have the freedom of personal responsibility.

My generation is the next to decide how freedom will be defined for our own children, and we need a leader to lay a firm foundation for us to build on.

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(Via: The American Spectator)

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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