Freedom

Have we redefined freedom?  As Americans, we appreciate our freedom – especially during the month of July or when reminded of the sacrifice soldiers have made on our behalf.  But I ask again, have we redefined freedom?

Once outside the patriotic theme, freedom is defined subjectively.  Freedom has come to mean one is free to do whatever they want.  Postmodern thought tells us “If it feels good, do it.  You’re free to make your own choices.  Don’t be hemmed in by what society tells you is right or wrong.”

But is that freedom?  Civilized societies believe (no time/space for debate here) that if one uses his/her freedom to the detriment of others, they forego their right to freedom.  They’re kept away from society and their freedom is greatly limited.  In the worst cases, the chance for freedom is taken away for the balance of their physical life.

Paul wrote to the Galatians, 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. (5:13)

If freedom is about me and only me, it’s not freedom at all.  It’s self-serving and leads to what Paul calls to consuming one another.  Freedom is about sacrifice – sacrifice for others.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – Jesus

 

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6 Responses to “Freedom”

  1. Is there true and right freedom without God. The freedom through Jesus surpasses any idea of freedom defined by our world.

    • nmpreach Says:

      You’re correct Diane. Jesus died for those of us (all) who are slaves to sin, so that he might set the captives free. From Genesis – Revelation that’s Good News. Have a great day!

  2. Leah Alexander Says:

    Great post!

    Freedom is a gift to share with others and not to manipulate for “ME”.

    Rights and freedom-those have been issues I’ve been dealing with for a couple of weeks. I’ve had to deal with them many times, but this post came at a great time because I’m up to my nose in documents and old files trying to prepare for court if we need to go. Thanks for sharing. I actually stopped for a break and decided to read this.

    I know! You mean as Christians. But I’m a Christian Grandma, a Christian friend, A Christian relative…….I apply this truth to all aspects of me and all the aspects of my life 🙂

    God bless you Mike.

    • Good morning Leah!

      God has a way with timing. 🙂 I remind our people here of that so often. And you’re right. This is not just about Christians. It’s about all of life. That said, to be a Christian is about following Christ. Christ provides the life. Therefore, Christianity is much greater than anything life can throw at us. Have a blessed day!

  3. Leah Alexander Says:

    I reread the post. One can’t be reminded of freedom too often.

    Quoting from your post, “Civilized societies believe (no time/space for debate here) that if one uses his/her freedom to the detriment of others, they forego their right to freedom. They’re kept away from society and their freedom is greatly limited. ”

    Supervised freedom. 🙂 Everyone has rights and freedom, but if a person chooses to misuse the rights and freedom society helps them out while protecting the freedom of other citizens.

    You said it fine, I just thought I’d toss that in there so you knew I was paying attention. Have a good evening.

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