May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
Freedom is a quality of life that everyone desires. A dictionary definition describes it as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” Those who recall the history of slavery will remember the ugly realities of freedom’s opposite. And yet, freedom remains the illusion of many who don’t even recognize the many ways in which they are constraint by the very (so-called “free”) choices they make in every day life. Like the Jews in John 8:31-38, they think they “have never been slaves of everyone” (8:33), and yet everybody is “a slave of sin” (8:34). Freedom of choice is no guarantee that you are truly free, because it depends on what you chooses to trust and obey in life. Only the truth can set you free (8:32). “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (8:33). We all belong in some way or another. The question is to who or what we belong? The culture in which we live create various kinds of desires through all its dominant forces of consumerism. Who or what do we choose to run our lives? Recognizing that we belong to God, and choosing every day to embrace the Son of God, will cultivate true freedom in our lives.