by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Most of us understand the blessings and responsibilities of physical freedom. As we grow more mature, we see the latter more clearly.
Someone has said that, “Freedom is never given, it is won.” Once obtained, we must do everything we can to retain it.
The American colonists were tired of oppression and the rule of a king in another land. They hungered for freedom and independence. Therefore, farmers laid down their tools and lifted weapons to defeat the world’s most powerful army.
Accordingly, we obtained our freedom and became a sovereign nation.
We are all in a spiritual war and we must fight or be destroyed (Ephesians 6:10-20). The spiritual armor protects us against the forces of Satan (1 Peter 5:8). Christ is the pure light and we must ride with him, if we will find victory (John 8:12).
Either we are in the kingdom with Christ or we are in the world with Satan. There are no other alternatives. In Christ, we are free indeed (John 8:34-36). Our freedom was obtained by the life and death of Christ, who rose from the dead and defeated the last enemy (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).
From what are we free as Christians?
First, we are free from the bondage of sin. When Adam and Eve sinned, the door to Satan was open in this world, leading to countless numbers of destroyed lives (Genesis 3:22-24; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23). God, therefore, made a plan to heal the sin-filled heart.
God established a covenant with the nation of Israel, so his plan could advance (Exodus 34:10-11). The plan was conditional and limited, because God had a Savior for humanity. Christ would start a kingdom which would never be destroyed and rule in the hearts of men (Daniel 2:44; Matthew 16:18).
The Church would house all of those who entered Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, 47; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19).
We have freewill, which means that we can choose self-destruction or life. Without Christ, we are lost in darkness and confusion (1 John 1:5). He is our only lifeline and hope (John 10:10).
Jesus heals our soul, while Satan rips it to shreds. Christ will lift us up to the mountaintop, while Satan drags us in the slime.
Second, we are free from the bondage of culture. We no longer have to listen to Satan in how to dress, speak, think and act. We do not allow him to use our bodies to destroy the faith and souls of others.
Christ transforms us and we no longer use the perversity of culture as our barometer (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:1). Godly women resist Satan’s ploy to define them by their sexuality. Men rise above the filth of the frat boy, to become men of character.
Will we glorify God by our bodies, minds and spirits? Will we be trumpets of praise for God or sewers of filth for Satan? (Psalm 50:23). God employs grace and mercy, while they exist as an anathema to the Devil.
Thucydides said, “The secret to happiness is freedom. The secret to freedom is courage.” If we will stand against the rotting carcass of culture, we will need a substantial courage.
For Christ, we stand out, by living sanctified. We are different from the world, and people notice (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Yet, when they do notice, we direct them always to Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21).
We all have a choice. We can be free indeed or free perceived. If we are free indeed, we are walking in Christ. If we are free perceived, it is because Satan’s lies have convinced us we are in charge, while the evil puppet-master pulls the strings to do his repulsive will.
Which freedom will we choose?
by Richard Mansel, managing editor