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Since we're free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-
“Freedom” is much loved, as well as, much maligned. Some love it, some hate it, some fear it above all else. Freedom isn’t free; as a priceless gift, it can, in fact, exact a terrible price. To accept its pleasures requires the equal application of responsibility. Jesus practiced responsible freedom: speaking the truth in love, giving people the choice even if it was the wrong path, creating new traditions without disrespecting the old. American law provides that people are entitled to freedom of speech and expression, of worship, from want and from fear.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of those Four Freedoms saying that they should be enjoyed by people everywhere, during a turbulent time in the world. The first was "Freedom of Speech and Expression." While this freedom is a constitutional right of Americans, it is not so in many places across the globe; where Christians cannot express their faith openly, wave their Bibles, or celebrate holy days in public places. So much has been sacrificed by so many for so long to win this right for us. When we feel oppressed, or our freedoms impinged upon, may we remember that most of us today have never experienced true persecution and be deeply grateful to God for this country that we can call home.
All around the world, people continue to struggle for the freedoms we as American’s often take for granted. And yet, the greatest of man’s freedoms is not bestowed by governments nor earned by wealth or power. The early Christians showed that even though our bodies may be oppressed or even destroyed, nothing can break or confine a soul which has been freed by Jesus Christ. During Jesus' time on earth, slavery and sanctioned oppression was a way of life. The Jews had a long history of being in bondage until even their religion had become so highly regulated and restricted that a relationship with God was a burden. Jesus, the Messiah, had come to deliver all people from bondage. He showed that, even within the inescapable confines of government or circumstances, true freedom comes from the knowledge – the truth -
In a country where freedom is so highly espoused, why have so many Americans willingly enslaved themselves? Even Christians find themselves under the yoke of greed and debt, living beyond their means and in fear of the future. With freedom comes responsibility. While we have the right to freedom of speech, God instructs us to use our words in ways that uplift and heal, for these represent Him in our world; to use our freedom to serve others, bringing joy and leaving a more abundant life in our wake. When God reigns in our hearts, freedom reigns in our life.
We were created as free beings. Free to choose whether to do good or evil. Free to do God's will or do nothing. Free to live life, worship and love God as we choose. We can hurt others with our freedom or we can bring healing. Determine today how you will use your freedom.
The arms of Community Bible Fellowship are always open to connect you and your family with our church family. You are invited to come to our house for worship Sunday mornings or any time online at http://www.austincbf.org/local.html or http://www.fcogaustin.org/.
Find our Pastor Gilbert Davila in the Christians Broadcasting Hope ministry in Spanish at http://www.hermandadcristiana.org/
We welcome you to meet us online:
• Listen to CBF worship services any time on our "Local Ministry" page.
• Don't forget to invite your Facebook friends to "like" us at Community Bible Fellowship.