Freedom Without Faith Cannot Survive
The highest human value is freedom. For some it is a distant dream, for others it is sought at any cost, and for those who have it, it is cherished.
The problem with perpetuating freedom is understanding the source and the means of continuance.
America is free because some people two centuries ago were willing to sacrifice everything to secure it.
Two colonies were begun in the new world--one in Jamestown, Virginia, and the other in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Jamestown colony was an extension of the old world, financed and controlled by the British crown, but the Plymouth colony had cut all ties with the establishment and stood alone in the quest for personal liberty. The nation we enjoy today had its humble beginnings in Plymouth, not Jamestown.
Freedom is not free. Lives and fortunes were put on the line, and the ground was red with the blood of those who chose to die rather than live in political, religious, or financial bondage.
Freedom is frightening. Within the parameters of being free lies the potential for destruction. The counterpoint of freedom is bondage. That bondage can be to ideology, political force, or corrupt values.
Evil is freedom without the Lord. In God’s system control and power are separate. God retains the power, but releases the control. This is illustrated in the lives of Adam and Eve in the beginning chapters of the Old Testament book of Genesis.
Adam and Eve were created by God and placed in a garden designed and planted by God. They were totally free. They were morally free; they were unashamed in their nakedness (Genesis 2:25). They were politically free; they paid homage to no man.
Adam and Eve had enough freedom to choose against their freedom. There was only one thing forbidden from Adam and Eve. It was a tree placed in the center of the garden by God. Eating of the tree was the only way out of the idyllic existence created by God.
In their freedom, Adam and Eve defiled their faith and exercised their freedom to disobey. In doing so, they lost their freedom.
All of life is a trade-off with our freedom. If we do not discipline ourselves within our freedom, we will lose our freedom.
Freedom is a chance to choose our values. There is no dignity without decision making. God has released the control of our lives into our hands. It is up to us to listen, to learn, and to seek the wisdom of God to maintain our freedom.
Freedom without faith cannot survive. We need a Savior like Jesus; we need a Lord like Christ.
The World Trade Center towers collapsed because the inner structural integrity was compromised when airliners pierced the outer skin and dumped burning jet fuel around the pillars of strength. Our nation is collapsing in on itself because moral integrity has been compromised. Our freedom is unchecked by any boundary. We are living out the downward spiral described in the New Testament book of Romans, chapter 1.
In Romans, chapter 1, verse 21, the apostle Paul wrote, “They knew God, but did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful.” Consequently, God gave them over to the freedoms they desired. Their thoughts became futile, their hearts were darkened (Rom. 1:21-22). They became fools. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie (Rom. 1:25), and worshiped the creation more than the Creator. The result was that the vile passion of homosexuality prevailed (Rom. 1:26-27).
Freedom without faith is having its day. Hollywood is setting the agenda, and the church has become irrelevant. The freedom we have known is slipping away.
Freedom requires God controlling your conscience--the only proper restraint to balance freedom against anarchy. We need a revival of biblical faith.
It seemed such a small thing when that Dutch boy stuck his finger in the dike to hold back the raging flood, but it was enough to save a town. Prayer seems a small thing when you see the tidal wave of perversity sweeping across our land, but prayer is the key to revival.
A revival of faith in God through the Lord Jesus Christ is all that will save us from losing our freedom.
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