I pray each of you had a wonderful July 4th, even with limited access to events. The C3 July theme is “Freedom” as we live in a time when the idea of freedom is questioned by many. We just celebrated the 244th year as the nation of the United States of America, which is the greatest experiment in democracy the world has ever experienced. The founding fathers wanted independence to allow freedoms they were unable to experience from the British, such as freedom of religion.
These freedoms were established in the US Constitution and its Amendments throughout the course of our history. Although there have been many ups and downs throughout our history and we are not a perfect nation, the foundation has proven solid, and we must learn from our mistakes to improve the nation. The lives that have fought and died for our freedoms throughout our history should never be taken for granted as we work together as citizens to build upon and improve our nation. We are reminded in Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
As Christians we should walk out and vote our values, which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness according to God’s Word. Our Heavenly Father has created us with a free will to make choices, and we walk in the benefit or consequence of our choices. When we explore the concept of freedom, we quickly realize freedom was our Creators idea from the beginning.
Created to be Free
When God created Adam and Eve, He created them to be free. He placed them in the Garden of Eden and walked with them in the cool of the day. They were given assignments, such as naming the animals and were told to be fruitful and multiply. However, God also provided boundaries for them to live within. In Genesis 2:16 “the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Adam and Eve walked in freedom and the Bible tells us “they were naked and unashamed.” The consequence of their sin was a separation from God, and they tried to cover up their shame and disobedience with fig leaves. The same thing occurs in each of our lives as we make sinful choices and try to cover them.
When God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, we were freed from the bondage of sin. God’s plan from the beginning was for His creation to be free, but that is our choice, since human beings are created in His image with a free-will. The choice of bondage or freedom is ours as we are told in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” In these volatile times, it is easy to isolate, but we are told to stand firm and not compromise our values.
The journey from freedom to compromise can be easy if we are not aware of scripture as our guide. The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:13-14, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Serving others without compromising our values and enabling wrong behavior can sometimes be difficult to discern. I know in my life, there have been many instances where I was trying to help others, but ended up hurting instead of helping.
The Apostle Peter addresses this balance in 1 Peter 3:13-16, “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats, do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” We can do this as we view the world through the lens of gratitude and stand firm on our foundation of truth as the Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
In the current tumultuous times in which we live with the uncertainty of a pandemic, riots, and instability on many fronts, it is easy to develop a hard heart and become negative. However, we as Christians need to walk in our freedom, stand firm on the truth of God’s Word, and stay positive to allow our light to shine in the darkness. As Nehemiah stated, “let the joy of the Lord be your strength.”
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.