Monday, July 1, 2013

A Culture of Freedom

The month of July begins with the 4th of July celebrating our freedom and independence as a sovereign nation. Everyone loves freedom and liberty from being repressed or controlled by arbitrary restrictions enacted by other people or nations. America gained her independence from the British control over her colonies in 1776. Up to this time we in this nation have enjoyed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which are unalienable rights endowed to us by the Creator.

The blessing of true liberty will remain only as long as our government honors and abides by the “Constitution” of this nation and it’s “Bill of Rights” written to prevent misconstruction or abuse of the constitution. Our freedom has endured for this length of time primarily because of our rights and protection afforded us in our constitution. Freedom will only be lost when government disregards or infringes on our constitutional rights.

CULTURE OF FREEDOM (Spiritual)

It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” Galatians 5:1

I believe that the church has underestimated the depth and breadth of that freedom Jesus died to purchase for us. Yes, we have certainly been freed from the curse of going to hell when we die. And yes, we have been freed from sin’s yoke of guilt and shame in this life. But there are other dimensions of freedom that I believe are being overlooked.

Paul reminds us that freedom in Christ enables us to enjoy a lifestyle of freedom, but he also makes note that it is possible to fail to walk in all the freedom that belongs to us. In fact, he says in the second half of Galatians 5:1 to “not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Walking in freedom does require attention and vigilance against the enemy’s attempts to rip away your freedom through his lies and deceit. The perfection of God’s love and joy in our hearts is recorded in the words of Jesus in John 15:10. “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” Godly freedom includes three basic elements: “love, obedience, and unity.”
Just as our nation’s constitution provides our freedom as long as it remains observed, so does adopting God’s word as our standard, provide freedom as we regard its authority over our lives.

- Pastor Amundson