I recently came across the following comments found in an Our Daily Bread devotion book. Here are portions of that article:
“Thanks to the ingenuity of our Chinese friends, we here in the US celebrate our independence this month with massive displays of colorful fireworks.
Every year when we sing our national anthem and enjoy the vibrant patterns created by “bombs bursting in air,” I remind myself that most bombs are deadly, not beautiful like the fireworks display. Although both use similar ingredients, one is intended to kill; the other to entertain. In this metaphor we see an example of how something can be used for both good and evil. In the hands of capable, careful, and caring people, something dangerous becomes glorious. But the opposite is also true.
Freedom, the very thing we celebrate with fireworks, can also be used for good and evil… When it comes to freedom, we must not use it as a weapon to impose our will on others but to display the glory of God’s will.”
Just yesterday, we shot off fireworks, we celebrated our independence, and we took a moment to recognize the freedoms that we have. However, just like the ingredients used to make fireworks can also be used to make bombs, we have to realize that when we go against God’s will, our “freedom” can be a bad thing.
In case you missed it, and I’m not sure how you could have, but recently people have used our “freedom” to justify everything from abortion to same sex marriage, and a whole lot more. But, just because we have freedom to decide these things, doesn’t mean that they please God.
The best freedom that we can have, is the freedom from sin, which was bought at a price. God sent His only Son to this earth, to die on a cross for our sins, so that we could experience that freedom. And as a result, our lives should be lived in pursuit of honoring God for the blessing of freedom that He has given to us.
No matter whether we are talking about freedom from sin, or our freedom as Americans, our ultimate goal should be to do what pleases God. It has been said, “Freedom doesn’t give us the right to do what we please, but to do what pleases God.”