Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness (c) 2018 Nancy Virden, Always The Fight Ministries
Freedom is the resounding word in the U.S.A. this week. Freedom means choice. Without choices, no one is free.
Of course, our American government makes laws with which some of us disagree. Citizens cannot make choices outside the law. Murderous attacks like the one at a newspaper company a few days ago happen when people ignore the law. That is anarchy. Anarchy leaves no one free.
Freedom is not absence of absolutes. It is the ability to choose what, and whom to believe.
I started working for a locally headquartered non-profit earlier this year. This corporation’s mission is to teach Christian principles of faith to the public-at-large. Within the laws of freedom in this country is the right to free speech. The Wisdom of God Corp. wants to talk about our concept of God.
The first billboard goes up for one month beginning tomorrow. The website offers compelling and gentle answers to heavy questions such as, “Who is God?” and “Are questions of morality answerable without existence of a spiritual world?”
As for idealism, the billboard says someone is offering true freedom. Who is doing the promising? What does “Free Indeed” mean?
Jesus said it
Too often, Jesus is misquoted, misrepresented, and shoved into a cloud of mystery. His message was quite simple and clear.
He said he is God’s Son: John 10:36 “Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?…”
John 10:24,25 “‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe.'”
We are free to choose between believing Jesus or those who argue he was merely a man.
He said he is the way to God: John 14: 6,7 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.'”
We are free to repent and enjoy the relationship we can have with God because of the death and resurrection of His Son.
He promised peace in a divisive world: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We are free to trust in the unfailing character of a good God, or to return to temporary “solutions” that fail us repeatedly.
He promised to come back and take believers with him: John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me… I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. “
We are free to choose where to place our hope – in the here and now, in fallible people, or in the promises of eternal life with Jesus.
Freedom means choices. Free Indeed is the guarantee that comes with choosing Christ Jesus, the Savior and redeemer of our souls.