Posted by: pastordarren | July 2, 2008

What is Freedom?

This Friday, we will be celebrating our nation’s birthday and the many freedoms that we have as a result of living here.  As we approach this day, I believe it is important to remember what has brought us here to this place and remember the lives that have been given and the lives that have been lost in the struggle to achieve and maintain the freedom here at home and other countries as well.  So many men and women who have believed in the country and what it stands for have willingly given of themselves and sacrificed, as well as their families, so that others may enjoy freedom.  Many times we look at freedoms from things – slavery, oppression, dominance, and the like; and these are things that all people need the freedom from in their lives.  Yet there is another dimension to freedom that we don’t talk a lot about, the freedom to do things.  We have the freedom to do things in our lives that many don’t – to worship freely, to travel freely, to get an education.  These are but an example of the different things that we are free to do in our lives.  Yet we are also free to help and take care of those who are less fortunate, to lift up those who are hurting.  As Christians it is so vitally important that we excerise our freedom not to do what we want, but to do what God has called us to, to love our neighbors and all around us who have need.

As we celebrate this 4th of July, remember to show your freedom by showing love freely in the Spirit of Christ.

I would love to hear what does freedom means to you?

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  1. When I think of freedom, I think about something the Lord has impressed upon me a few times in the last couple of years. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are blessed with a new freedom. Christ does not call his children to live as slaves but as people released from slavery. No more are we slaves to our sin. No more are we condemned to death. We are purchased by the blood of Christ. We are to live in his freedom. The truth of his word offers us freedom. The Holy Spirit living inside us offers us freedom. Yet we often choose to continue to live in bondage. We bind ourselves to the expectations of the world. We are afraid to speak truth. We hide the fact that we worship and serve a mighty God. We allow the sin of our past to control us (even though it is forgiven and forgotten). God calls each of us to live boldly and victoriously. I think that as Christians we often miss that calling. We need to have the courage to be the people of the church that God has called us to be.


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