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With Costly Freedom, Comes Great Responsibility: What Our Freedom Should Not Be Used For

by Jason on July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

It’s a great day to celebrate the costly sacrifice of so many heroes who have gone on before us, and those modern-day heroes who are fighting for our freedom even today.

I was reminded over the weekend at church that we are freed not only from the political tyranny of any government, but more importantly, as Christians, we are freed from the bondage of sin, death, and earning our salvation because it is for freedom that Christ has set us free!

With Costly Freedom, Comes Great Responsibility

Remember the first time your parents gave you the car keys after you received your license? If they were like my parents, they gave you the “responsibility speech”. You know, the one about how you’re now driving the car by yourself, which means you need to be very responsible with how you handle that freedom.

In a similar way, as Americans we have a great responsibility to use our costly freedom  with wisdom. We should not abuse our freedoms, thereby cheapening the costliness of the sacrifice of many Armed Services heroes.

And as Christians, we have a great responsibility to not cheapen the costliness of the ultimate in sacrfice – Jesus on the cross.  Christ has set us free from the slavery of sin, however, our freedom doesn’t give us license to sin when we want.

Here’s what 1 Peter 2:16-17 says:

For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.  Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.

So today, on this great Fourth of July day, let’s remember the costly sacrifice of  our American heroes who fought for our freedom.

Let’s also remember our Supreme Hero, the Great Rescuer, the one who purchased our freedom on the cross by taking our place, so we could have true freedom.

And remember the great responsibility we now have because of our freedom!

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