Freedom AND Responsibility

free-speech.bmpSince 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-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. – Romans 6:16-17 (The Message translation)

“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 (as articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941), and God’s law entitles us to all that, as well as, the responsibility of love.

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