Today, on Freedom day, we reflect on what it means to be free. We remember our national history of oppression and the violation of people’s freedoms and rights and we continue to pray for our nation, but we also acknowledge that freedom is ultimately not something that can be granted by a government or any external authority. True freedom is something that comes from inside – a soul freedom that sets us free from being enslaved to the pressures and patterns of the world and even from that part of ourselves that we don’t like or that we know doesn’t help us live up to our full potential.
True freedom is about knowing who we are in Christ. It is about a certainty that comes from living in His eternal hope, no matter what is going on in the unpredictable and ever-changing world around us. True freedom is about being set free from our sinful nature and from trying to be “good enough” to earn God’s approval, but rather being redeemed by a God whose grace is so much bigger than we can comprehend. It is a freedom that changes us, that allows us to live abundantly, fully and connected. It also allows us to live beyond ourselves. As Nelson Mandela put it: “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” True freedom of heart and spirit must move us to pursue justice and to live differently.
Today, on Freedom Day, we celebrate our political freedom in our nation, and we mourn and pray for the ways in which we and millions of people in our nation on not free from hatred, oppression, poverty, fear, corruption or greed, but we stand on the truth that true freedom comes from Jesus alone. And that is cause to celebrate.
John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”