October 14, 2020
by Pastor Don Willeman
Hello, this is Pastor Don Willeman of Christ Redeemer Church. Welcome to the Kingdom Perspective.
As Americans we love our freedom. However, ill-defined freedom can lead us to a very insidious form of slavery. What do I mean? As Americans, we tend to define freedom as the ability to do whatever we want. However, this pits God’s law against my liberty. This makes no sense! God, as our Creator, knows what’s best for us. The directives of His law are in accordance with our design. Thus, true freedom is not necessarily defined by the ability to fulfill my desires. Rather, it is defined by the ability to fulfill my design. Birds are free when they fly. Fish are free when they swim. Humans are free when they love God and His law. Anything less than God’s law is not liberty; it is slavery.
Listen to the great First century Jewish philosopher Philo describe true freedom:
“…Those in whom anger or any other passion, or insidious vice holds sway, are entirely enslaved, while all those whose life is regulated by law are free.” Philo in “Every Good Man is Free” 45-46
You see the point. Law is not necessarily contrary to liberty. Rather, God’s law, it is the very ground of liberty.
It is true that you are enslaved to the degree that your actions are bound by the dictates of a tyrannical government. However, it is likewise true that you are enslaved to the degree that you are bound by the dictatorial desires of your own heart.
Free people have the liberty to obey God’s law. They are not bound by tyrants—whether external or internal.
Something to think about from The Kingdom Perspective.
“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”
~ Romans 6:15-18 (ESV)