February 24, 2019

Live Free by Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves.” (I Peter 2:16 NET)

What a wonderful privilege it is to live in what the songwriter called the “sweet land of liberty.” Many countries around the world say they are free, while imposing what we would consider terribly oppressive restrictions to freedom, especially freedoms regarding religion. We see dangerous trends in America, indicating still worse impositions may be on the horizon, but we are still more free than most. When we have opportunity, I believe we have responsibility to do what we can to preserve that freedom which our ancestors obtained for us at great cost over two centuries ago.

However, we must never try to turn Christian liberty into license for sin. It would surely hurt those brave forefathers if they could see how we now use “freedom of choice” to justify murdering multitudes of innocent children before they are born, and how we use “freedom of speech” to warrant fouling the eyes and ears of our children with widespread pornography and to promote all kinds of immoral behavior in our society in general.

No nation can remain truly free very long after such practices become widely accepted by its citizens. We need to be praying!

Similar warnings apply to the abuse of our spiritual freedom in Christ. As the apostle Paul said and repeated: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable.” (I Corinthians 6:12, and I Corinthians 10:23).

Even though Peter says we are to “live as free people,” indicating we have real liberty, we are nevertheless “slaves of God.” The Greek word translated slave or bondservant, “δοῦλος,” actually means…

“1. male slave as an entity in a socioeconomic context, slave.” BDAG

Our liberty in Christ is not freedom to disobey God’s Word whenever we really want to, or feel like we should, but rather it is freedom from our former bondage to sin.

…though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18).

Post-modernism is permeating our society. Our nation is rapidly becoming anti-Christian in belief and practice. Nevertheless, Christians can still best serve our nation and our Savior by practicing and proclaiming Christ’s saving gospel, promising freedom from sin now, and life with God eternally.

Adapted from ideas expressed by Henry Morris.

 

 

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