A man from Africa told us once that when the Portuguese left his country abruptly and without any form of government set up in its place, his country fell into chaos and anarchy.
The freedom they had wanted so badly led to more oppression and disorder than ever.
It seems we all want our freedom. We want it at any cost and we want it without question.
The problems arise when we have the freedom to choose good, but choose evil instead.
Or when we proclaim freedom and make our own choices, but look down on the choices of others.
There is also a problem in thinking that freedom is an absence of rules and law.
In this country, we have the freedom to choose so many good things, and an equal number of bad things.
We can choose what we watch, wear, eat, think; how we educate our children, how we spend our money, and what businesses we support.
We are the land of the free, but our bravery is tested when we choose outside of the norm or outside of other’s expectations of us.
If we choose homeschool, we may face opposition from those who say we should support the local school and make a difference in it.
If we choose public school, we open ourselves to criticism from those who feel strongly that homeschool is the only choice.
I am called, as a Christ-follower, to put others first and hold myself to the highest standard of love.
That means that I respect your freedom and still maintain that the law of God, as described in the Bible, is the best and only way. There are things that are absolutely, morally, wrong.
But how you educate your kids? How you worship God? How your marriage works and whether you work full-time or stay home?
My belief in the God Who loves and gives freedom, allows for you to make choices that are different from mine and still be OK with God.
If you are a fellow Christian, I’m going to trust the Holy Spirit in you. I’m going to trust that you have made different choices because you feel that you are serving God in those choices.
If you are caught in a sin and you have no repentance or sorrow or anguish over it, then we may need to talk in private; but our lives do not need to be identical in order for us both to be serving the same God.
The bottom line is: your freedom is yours. My freedom is mine.
As a Christian, I must first find my freedom in Christ. As a person free in Him, I am not without responsibility for my choices – I am called to love God and love others.
That responsibility may sometimes impinge on my personal freedoms – of expression, of choice, of food and dress and speech and sharing my heart.
I have rules and laws to follow in this freedom I have in Jesus. It’s a wonderful contradiction – that I am free, but I have rules.
Some mountains are meant to be crossed and some are meant to hem us in, as a protection.
The laws of God are a protection, and I find perfect liberty in them and a responsibility to extend the same liberty to others.
Your choice to follow Him is the most important one.
“For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Romans 14:18