The freedom of the Christian

I will be the first to admit my unrealized worship of the idol of “American Freedom” and whatever I think that is. My concern became more about earthly freedoms rather than spiritual freedom. Too often we (Christians) are far too caught up into being kingdom minded for the US, and fighting for the fleeting ideals of the Deists that founded this country. Being concerned about taking “our country back!” Our country is not of this world, and we should start believing and acting like it.

Martin Luther said it best concerning our liberty in Christ;

“Finally, for the sake of those to whom nothing can be stated so well but that they misunderstand and distort it, we must add a word, in case they can understand even that. There are very many persons who, when they hear of this liberty of faith, straightway turn it into an occasion of licence. They think that everything is now lawful for them, and do not choose to show themselves free men and Christians in any other way than by their contempt and reprehension of ceremonies, of traditions, of human laws; as if they were Christians merely because they refuse to fast on stated days, or eat flesh when others fast, or omit the customary prayers; scoffing at the precepts of men, but utterly passing over all the rest that belongs to the Christian religion. On the other hand, they are most pertinaciously resisted by those who strive after salvation solely by their observance of and reverence for ceremonies, as if they would be saved merely because they fast on stated days, or abstain from flesh, or make formal prayers; talking loudly of the precepts of the Church and of the Fathers, and not caring a straw about those things which belong to our genuine faith. Both these parties are plainly culpable, in that, while they neglect matters which are of weight and necessary for salvation, they contend noisily about such as are without weight and not necessary.”

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