Real Freedom

                   Freedom.  It’s word that swells with emotion within our hearts.  Freedom is synonymous  with America.  The Flag.  July 4th. Fireworks.  

          Freedom speaks of the state of independence.Liberty.  And a lack of restrictions. It is an opportunity to exercise one’s rights.  To pursue your dreams.  To fulfill your spirit’s longing.

          The colossal Statue of Liberty rises up New York City’s Harbor welcoming freedom loving people to our land with these words of hope. 

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”  

          Many celebrated their freedom on the 4th of July with parades, picnics and fireworks.  Political speeches were given.  Prayers were offered.  Blogs were written.  Soldiers were honored.America’s  founding fathers were remembered.  And many enjoyed a day off work with the freedom to do as they choose. 

          I think we need to remember, as Ronald Reagan once said, “ “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” Americahas prospered because God has blessed us.  And we have in the past been governed and guided by a “Judo-Christian” ethic.  However, as we noted in yesterday’s post, that moral foundation is threatened. Abraham Lincoln was right when he warned, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” 

          Yet, there is another kind of freedom.  A force more powerful.  More potent.  More far-reaching.  It is spiritual freedom. 

          In John 8:32 Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

           His Jewish audience disputed Jesus’ claim by saying, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”  

          Jesus’ response was, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.“ 

          Real freedom is not political, social or financial.  Real Freedom is spiritual.  One may throw off the shackles of a tyrannical dictator, but be shackled to sin, in the grasp of  that spiritual tyrant, the Devil. 

          How many people who live in America, find themselves addicted to some habit that is sapping their mental, emotional and physical strength? 

          How many people who enjoy financial freedom, are enslaved to Satan’s allurements of pleasure, power or prestige?

          How many people who advance the cause of political freedom, find they are  slaves of their own private lusts? 

          How many are in bondage to guilt? To shame? To feelings of insecurity?  Inadequacy?  Worthlessness?  Resentment?  Anger?  Or an illicit relationship they wish they could sever? 

          Real freedom is liberation from sin’s shackles.  

          Real freedom is peace produced by God’s saving grace.  

          Real freedom is joy found in the Faith of the Gospel. 

          Real freedom comes from God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

          Throw off the shackles of sin. Know the truth.  Experience real freedom.  In Christ.   He lifts his welcoming hands to the sin burdened soul to a new land of liberty.  He holds high the lamp of Truth. And says, “Come to me.”    

—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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3 responses to “Real Freedom

  1. Excellent truth you’re sharing. Thank you! I found you on the UBC. We’re taking part too – http://theromanticvineyard.com

  2. Lauren Griggs

    Wow Ken that was an amazing blog today (not that all of them arent amazing, but this one was especially touching). I hope you dont mind but i am going to repost this on my facebook as a note so all my friends can read it.

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