Katie Grobe: We can find freedom in Christ
July 4, 2013
Each year, I spend some time thinking about Independence Day and reflecting on what freedom really is. The celebration with all the fireworks, parades and barbecues are there to remind us of what our founding fathers did for this nation.
These men stood against the oppression and tyranny that ran their lives, and with one voice, they said no more. The creation of a new country began, and in the documents and philosophy of this new nation, there were certain guidelines for maintaining that freedom.
While I am very proud to be an American and enjoy what this holiday is all about, I think of the concept of freedom as played out in a spiritual sense, as well. God has given us an opportunity to gain freedom of another kind — freedom from our past, from sin, from guilt and from shame.
Claiming the forgiveness that is ours through the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, we have the ability to live in true freedom. Galatians 5:1 tells us, "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject to a yoke of slavery."
In order to remain in this freedom, we have certain responsibilities. I Peter 2:16 says, "Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil."
If we live however we want and exploit our freedom, we slowly sell ourselves back into the bondage we experienced before. II Peter 2:19 explains, "for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved." We need to make better choices in order to stay in the freedom Christ gives.
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Our freedom is an opportunity to show Christ to others. His love and sacrifice are for all who call upon him, and our choosing to walk in our spiritual freedom is a testimony to those still caught in sin and shame.
Galatians 5:13 reminds us in this way, "For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
Katie Grobe is the director of the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.