January 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Paul’s words on sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is an excellent example of how the concept of freedom can be abused for the purpose of a complete self-centered perversion. A secular understanding of freedom suggests that we ought to be able to do whatever we want to do. Nobody dares taking our freedom away from us to do whatever we choose to do. However, that is not a biblical understanding of freedom. Christ does not set us free so that we can do whatever we want to do; Christ sets us free so that we can do whatever God wants us to do. What we think is our freedom can easily become our master. And Paul illustrates that fact with regard to food and sexuality. The modern, secular concept of freedom wrongly assumes that life is all about me. But the irony is, it never is. The things we choose (under the illusion of freedom) become our masters. So the real question is “who is your master?” Paul reminds Christians that they belong to God: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (6:19-20). You and I will honor something or somebody through our choices today. Who or what will that be?