Freedom is the Opportunity to Do What is Right

Nena Arias | June 8, 2020

“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
 but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
-Peter Marshall~

The way people interpret “freedom” has everything to do with how they live and how they treat others. Judging by that statement we can conclude that we are living at a time of great contradictions.

The general consensus of freedom in society is that we can do whatever we want and be whoever we want to be, and no one should dictate to us what that ought to be. This is not what true freedom is. 

Society’s definition of freedom has perverted our values and priorities. It has equated conscience with feelings and perverted our sexual desires. It has told young boys and girls, as early as junior high school, it’s okay to use contraception and be promiscuous. It has told us that killing a baby in the mother’s womb is legal and calls it—abortion. It has told us that same-sex marriage is acceptable and legal. It has told high schoolers they don’t have any real responsibilities at home since they are only minors. It has told college students its expected of them to get drunk on the weekends and live it up. In fact, they are told they can have a four-year party at the expense of their parents. Society accepts as “normal” one-night-stands with perfect strangers or someone they just met. Divorce is now the norm in over 50% of marriages and people say, “oh well” life happens, and circumstances are difficult. Many couples don’t even bother to get married they just decide to live together to gratify themselves until that no longer happens and then they move on to someone else. Their favorite excuse is, “don’t judge”. Who are you to judge? It’s my life!

The warped definition of freedom in modern society thinks they have erased all the absolutes established by God. Just because they think they are owed freedom to do whatever they want; not even God has the right to judge them. 

There awaits a rude awakening for those who choose to ignore God’s definition of true freedom.

Jesus said truth is what really sets us free, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). He also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” (John 14:6).

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

God made us for so much more.