Sunday, August 24, 2008

What’s Freedom to You?

FREEDOM – it’s one word that I like saying out aloud. It’s amazing that a single word can project so much power, inspiration, and emotion! What snaps in your mind when you hear the word FREEDOM?

For many, freedom would mean having the liberty to live and do whatever they want without being restricted or subjected to anyone. You probably think the same. True, that’s one perspective of freedom. But is that the only kind of freedom you are thinking of?

I was moved to reflect on my own views after reading an article in “Tomorrow’s World”, a very enlightening Christian magazine. The article really made an impression on me. Most people, in the Western world especially, think that we should be liberated from the “old” moral values of the Bible. They want the kind of freedom to do whatever they want, with no care of the consequences and how it’ll affect society.

For the past decades, secular social scientists have been arguing that religion is irrelevant, and that people should be set free from the oppressive restraints of Bible values. Many claim that sexual pleasure should be sought and enjoyed by anyone, anytime, anywhere, and with no restrains. “Enlightened” thinkers redefine marriage as “any arrangement acceptable to the parties who seek to be involved”. If you ask me, I’d say straight out that this is not the kind of freedom I’d want and fight for.

And what do you think are the consequences of such “liberation"? The depressing statistics of broken families, drug abuse, juvenile crime, sexually transmitted diseases, youth suicide and poverty, and whatnot! This is precisely what I’m getting to.

Rather than liberate society, a society that chooses to cast off all biblical restraints will find itself crumbling – and yet there are so many mindless people out there who blindly continue to promote such destructive ideas. It’s a sad, sad thing. How can God help us if that’s the way we want our freedom?

Someone once said, “Freedom is not the right to do what we want to do; it is the power to do what we ought to do.”

Ponder on the quote. God wants to set us free inside out. This world is broken. You can never be truly liberated if the freedom you want is one set by the crappy standards of this world. The devil is a nasty liar who’s trying to confuse us and twist our values inside out. How is it that people so badly want freedom to do things that will end in the destruction of their lives and others?

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1

Freedom is the power to do what we ought to do in God’s will. Someone once said, “If you love God, you can do anything.” But do we really love God with all our heart?

You choose.

Choose freedom.


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