What Freedom Isn’t

freedomGary Holloway said, “Freedom in the U.S. is about leaving me alone and doing it my way. Freedom in God is setting my own way aside for God and others.”

Ouch.

Truth.

As Americans, we declare our freedom as our right to do what we want. People better not infringe on our rights. We claim our personal rights to do whatever we want (some of us have a “within reason” clause, but what is “within” or not varies from person to person) as fought for, earned, and deserved.

We’re wrong.

We declare a right to things that are a privilege, a responsibility, a blessing, and in some cases, a burden. A right and freedom are not the same thing. Freedom requires humility, community, and compassion.

Freedom isn’t about our personal ability to go where we want and define our own boundaries. We don’t have the wisdom and perspective to know the impact what we do and say (and don’t do and say) has on others. Our relationships with others matter. Others matter. Every time you claim something as your right before someone else’s, you declare you’re more important, that you’re the priority, that you care more about yourself than another.

Maybe that’s true. But it doesn’t make it right.

Freedom comes with responsibility. If you claim freedom, be ready to carry the responsibility well.

One thought on “What Freedom Isn’t

  1. I’m reminded of this passage..

    “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed….John 8:31-36

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