Freedom is a funny thing
The Living Word
Freedom is not a guarantee of a good life; it is only a guarantee that we may seek a good life.
Freedom is dangerous, in that while we are free to pursue the good life, we are free to make choices that will either maintain or destroy our freedom.
God frees his people from slavery to Egypt, represented by the physical exodus.
Likewise, God frees his people from slavery to sin and death, represented by the Passover lamb.
Freedom is just the beginning, not the end, of the story.
God does not free us that we may follow our own vices; God frees us from what stands between us and him.
He frees us in order that we may worship him.
In God, we find our good life, if we choose.
Freedom is choice. As Adam and Eve had the choice to obey or disobey the commands of God, so we have that same freedom today.
Their poor choice abolished their freedom to live forever in the Garden of Eden.
The choices we make, whether religiously or politically, lead us either into freedom in our walk with God or back into slavery to sin and death faster than we ever thought possible.
James 1:25 describes the law of God as a mirror in which we check our reflection and make corrections; it calls the Torah "the perfect law that gives freedom."
Following the Torah is Freedom!
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, remember that we celebrate the freedom to make choices, but remember also that those choices come with responsibilities and consequences.
Thank the soldiers who work to preserve our freedom, elect political representatives who work to preserve our freedom and learn to use our freedom wisely according to God’s instructions.