Freedom in Christ
This week you just might hear these Lee Greenwood lyrics somewhere: “I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.” People who live in the United States are proud of their revolution, their freedoms, and their rights as listed in the first ten amendments to the Constitution. It is worth noting that there is no corresponding “Bill of Responsibilities” to go with the Bill of Rights.
A powerful theme running through the epistles of St. Paul is our freedom in Christ. Through faith in his suffering, death, and resurrection we are forgiven of all sins and given the precious promise of eternal life. Our Christian identity, however, does indeed come with a Bill of Responsibilities. We are simultaneously free men and women and servants to others. “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible” (1 Corinthians 9:19).
Our spiritual freedom from sin, death, and hell gives us a great message to share with others who are still trapped in guilt and fear. As Jesus Christ, Lord of all, made himself a servant to all, we are called to that same paradoxical mind-set.
America’s political revolution was a great leap forward in the development of democracy. As Christians speak and live the gospel of Christ, we can help to bring about an even greater form of government—the lordship of Jesus Christ.