Freedom. It’s something long sought after by all races and creeds. Since the creation of man, we have pursued breaking the bonds that hold us no matter the country, the empire, the race, the ethnicity, the gender, or even the value system or government.
The fact is as humans we want more than we can actually have, more than we can manage or even enjoy. We push the limits of society, religion, science and art, seeking to go where no one has been, accomplish what no one has accomplished, have what no one has had, create what no one has created… we want what we want, how we want it, when we want it and with whom we want it.
Pastor Marty talks often of a certain “s” word that is defined by doing what we want, when we want, how we want, with whom… Sin. Ultimate freedom is doing anything what we want (and so on). But Christ calls us to something else — TRUE FREEDOM. Ultimate freedom is just free will. God has given us that, but there will always be consequences for all actions.
Jesus says in John 8:36, “If the Son sets you free, than you are free indeed,” or in some translations, “truly free.”
Free to do what? Anything? No.
As we look to celebrate our nation’s independence this week I was reminded of a quote from Thomas Jefferson when he said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
He knew that freedom would cost. Liberty comes only at the price of death… So what are the tyrants you’ve allowed in your life? What are the things that must find death so that you find personal freedom?
The Good News is in our personal battles, it’s not our blood that requires spilling. Jesus already did that.
True Freedom is not doing whatever we want. It’s choosing to bind ourselves to something different, something better, SOMEONE greater.