Friday, January 04, 2013

Travel the Freedom Road

Modern liberals take a novel approach towards freedom. First, they mock it as an unwanted heritage of religion, natural law and outdated documents like the U.S. Constitution. Second, they seek to limit the hopes and goals which freedom naturally produces in the human soul. Third, wherever freedom continues to thrive, they try and weaken its momentum by heavily taxing it.

And finally, using all of these practices -- plus indoctrination by means of the media and the schools, activist judges, voter disenfranchisement, and government directives backed up by police powers -- they eliminate freedom altogether.

Anyone interested in a principled, peaceful, prayerful but thoroughly counter-culture New Year? Then let's take seriously these biblical exhortations:

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)

"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. (Acts 13:38-39)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12: 1-2)

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:13-14)