Friday, July 3, 2020

True Liberty

Friday, July 3, 2020
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master because you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Romans 6:13-15

Freedom. We have the freedom in this country to do a lot of things. But now, some freedoms have been taken temporarily because of a Pandemic – for the greater good. Freedom means sacrifice comes first. There cannot be freedom without sacrifice. Jesus sacrificed His life for us so we could be free from our sins – forever. Just as sacrifice comes before freedom, responsibility comes after freedom.

Paul had told the Roman believers that they were free from the penalty of their sins because of God’s grace. They were saved – no longer chained to their sins – but justified before God strictly because of their faith. We are all bound by our sin until we are set free in Christ. But because we know there is grace, does that mean we can do whatever we want?  Paul told the believers By no means! 

When we are free from our sin, we become servants of God – bound to Him by His blood sacrifice.  We have a responsibility to Him from this point on. We are free, but we cannot just live as we choose. We have a book of law to follow and a Savior to serve. True freedom is really the responsibility to do the right thing. 


Liberty is freedom which is constrained by ethical and social law. Liberty is based upon authentic freedom which gives people the freedom to do what is right and good.  Liberty is true and ultimate freedom.  This nation was founded on the premise of liberty. The First Amendment guarantees the right of Americans to speak freely, to assemble, to petition, to publish, and most importantly, to practice their religion in peace. The First Amendment does not give someone the power to do whatever he or she wants – one still must operate within the bounds of a moral order, even under a society that promotes liberty.


License means basically that freedom is a sort of anarchist chaos where everyone does exactly what he or she wants regardless of the effect on others. License is inauthentic freedom. More simply, license is “freedom from.” It is the freedom from any restraint whatsoever. 

License is false freedom. A total lack of restraint leads to anarchy and chaos in any society. Imagine a city without traffic lights or stop signs. Absolute chaos would ensue – some of which we are witnessing today.

A society based upon license is corrupt and unjust and will not last.  Moral license, the idea that one should be allowed to do and act as he or she pleases, is promoted in society by a host of virulent influences. Because of these influences, modern society is based on the delusion that license is true freedom.  Margaret Sanger’s infamous slogan “No Gods! No Masters!” is a perfect expression of the license that pervades our culture.  Society rejects God and scorns obedience to any moral or natural law.  

But liberty – the true liberty that a Christian worldview provides – is fundamentally freeing. Kept within the boundaries of faith by Christ, the Christian is free to be truly happy as he or she explores the wonders of God’s creation, within the moral bounds which Christ has set. The Christian who follows God's commands is free - in a way which those who are bound to their own desires can only dream of.

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

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