As we draw closer to the celebration of Independence Day, our thoughts become more patriotic and our thoughts turn towards concepts of freedom. Truly, one of the great blessings upon the United States of America is our freedom. Throughout our history our freedom has been fought for, bled for and died for. The price to gain and maintain freedom is immeasurable;?
The idea of freedom is not original to humans, no matter how deeply we value or long for it. Freedom originated in the mind of God; being made in His image gives us an intrinsic yearning to live in freedom. This deep and unending desire is fueled by heaven against the tyrannies on earth.
As the History of United States and even the world, has taught us, freedom must be cared for, honored, and valued. This is more than a written code, freedom is a sacred trust. When a person or a nation has embraced freedom, then the responsibility of freedom is also chosen.
The responsibility of freedom is a point that seems to have faded in the current cultural and social shifts. In both the church and society at large freedom is seen as simply doing what seems or feels right or good. Our moral and ethical view is centering on what man calls good, right, fair and gratifying; the eternal standards of God are considered false and harmful. To be truly able to embrace freedom a person and a nation must take responsibility for a standard of what is right that is not rooted in the culture. The standard to which should be held is rooted in eternity and established by the God who has no beginning or end.
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:13-14 NKJV
Please, live in freedom. The true freedom, as one who takes in not only freedom, but also all the responsibility of doing so.