We live in a great country that was established on the very conviction of freedom. But, as Americans, do we have the same idea about freedom that our founding fathers did? I am convinced more today than ever before that we have a very selfish, twisted view of freedom.
Today I was watching Jim Caviezel’s Testimony. If you don’t know who Jim Caviezel is, he is the man who played Jesus in ‘The Passion of the Christ’ directed by Mel Gibson. In this interview he said something that hit home to me. I have been praying for the people of our country and I have watched the selfish, twisted view of freedom play out before me over the years. Jim said, “Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom exists not to do what you like, but having the right to do what you ought.”
I agree 100% with him. The Bible says in John 8:36 (ESV) “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” This is a verse that really excites me. I am free. Romans 8:2 (ESV) “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” That is liberating news, especially to the person crushed by the guilt and weight of their sins. Too many use this freedom to do what they like as Jim Caviezel pointed out. What does God say to do with our freedom?
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16 (ESV)
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 (ESV)
” This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (ESV)
“For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 7:22 (ESV)
There are many, many more verses that keep with the same idea. Our freedom is from sin and death. Our freedom is the right to do what we ought, to be a servant of Christ, to love one another.
Let freedom truly ring in your life. Love God. Love others.
By His Grace,