Freedom

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. (1 Peter 2:15-16 ESV)

“Genuine freedom liberates believers to do what is good. Those who use freedom as license for evil reveal that they are not truly free since a life of wickedness is the very definition of slavery[1].”

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Peter wrote his first epistle to the Jewish believers in the dispersion. These were men and women who had been exiled from their homes because of the persecution of Christians in Jerusalem and Judea. Peter’s point was that believers should submit to government authorities because this was the will of God. The result would be that those who opposed them would be silenced because of the public’s opinion of the believer’s conduct. The submission to authorities is qualified by the statement that believers are to exercise their freedom by living as slaves of God. This statement clarifies that the ultimate authority is God himself and believers are not to submit blindly to any whim of human administration. Ultimately, we are to submit in so far as the human authorities do not usurp God’s authority.

The decision rendered by five Supreme Justices redefining marriage is truly a cause for mourning. Nevertheless, Christians lost this battle in the court of public opinion long before the case reached the Supreme Court. Could it be that we as the Christian community have not been doing good to the extent that we are supposed to? It is easy to blame the profligates that promote immorality and forget that God does have something to say about how we conduct ourselves and the impact we are to have on our communities. I lament the current political climate and the opposition that exists against God’s people. I wonder why their voice is so loud. Could it be that we have fallen asleep and the naysayers are taking advantage of our complacency? Let us live as people who are truly free. Let us serve our God and give him the honor and glory due his name.

 

With brotherly affection,

Pastor.

[1] Schreiner, T. R. (2003). 1, 2 Peter, Jude (Vol. 37, p. 131). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.