This Sunday we observe the 18th Sunday after Pentecost along with the theme “The Christians’ freedom.”
Considering this topic we could ponder how our society seems to be eager to overlook, accept or embrace actions and lifestyles that are contrary to the instruction of the Holy Bible. We could ask ourselves the question: has the term “Christian freedom” become understood to mean that we are free to live our lives in any way that we would desire, without considering what God’s word teaches us? Those who profess to be of Christian faith could also ask: do our everyday lives, actions, decisions and speech support how we confess to believe as followers of Christ? Apostle Paul instructs: “And be not 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 (Rom. 12:2).
The Bible does teach us about a Christian’s freedom and how the salvation work of Christ has indeed made sinful people “free” from the Law of Moses, and that our salvation is based only by believing upon the work of Christ and not by our own merits. God’s word however further instructs: “For brethren ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13). Therefore we understand that this Christian freedom doesn’t give permission to sin nor is it freedom to indulge in whatever our heart desires; rather it is liberty in Christ to be free from all our faults and sins. Paul also teaches that those who are led by the spirit would also mortify, or subdue the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13).
We are affected by an environment that calls for the acceptance of all types of actions and lifestyles that God’s word has always taught to be morally wrong. Yet God though His word still works in this time and warns about sin and its consequences. In Paul’s letter to Titus, God’s grace and its effect on our lives is explained thus: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,” (Titus 2:11-12). God’s salvation work is still working today and the message of Christ that, “The kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye and believe the gospel,” (Mark 1:15), calls to a person who desires to own the peace of God in their heart. This message of the remission of sins is still proclaimed from God’s kingdom, and we pray that the people in our communities would still heed the instruction of Christ to “Seek ye first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you,” (Matt 6:33). It would be wise for us as a society to seriously ponder these important issues that are pertinent to our eternal salvation.