We talk often about freedom on Capitol Hill and there is no more defining value for this country than liberty, beginning with our Declaration of Independence that proclaimed it for the nation and for every individual American.
But freedom from political tyranny is only one aspect of the whole meaning of the word and, when fully understood, it reaches into every corner of our lives; body, mind and soul. Jesus said “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) What would it be like to experience that kind of freedom?
“No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music gives us a great taste of what true freedom means. Listen to the song here, then read the lyrics that are reproduced below after the video. Trust me, it can make you think more deeply than you ever have about what it means to be genuinely free:
Among the most common objections to Christianity is that because there are multiple religions around the Earth claiming to point the way to Heaven, the politically correct conclusion is that “all roads lead to God.”
It’s a reassuring, comfortable idea because it means we each can make a choice from among a menu of spiritual options. This idea especially appeals to individualistic Americans who want to control all aspects of their lives and those who believe their intelligence and education gives them unique insights on such issues.
Black and white, cats and dogs, Christians and atheists. These pairs are just about as opposite as it is possible to be. But there is one fact that is so basic, so essential to logic and clear-thinking, that Christians and atheists agree on it.
(As for the other two pairs, our black Lab Twister definitely prefers his color and the company of other canines to that of, you know, those arrogant, self-absorbed furrballs.)
NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace — author of the highly recommended “Cold Case Christianity” — explains what that most basic fact is while responding to a probing question from a college student about how to explain the existence of a god:
Things get ugly when permission to speak depends upon whether the hearer agrees with what is said
A recent keynote speaker at the Harvard University Art & Science Faculty Conference on Diversity told his Twitter followers in 2015 that people who base their spiritual beliefs on the Hebrew scriptures should be “locked up.”
Author and speaker Tim Wise went on in that tweet, saying “people basing their beliefs on the fable of Noah and the Ark, or their interpretation of Sodom and Gomorrah … rather than science or logic … If you are basing your morality on a fairy tale written thousands of years ago, you deserve to be locked up … detained for your utter inability to deal with reality … NO, we are not obligated to indulge your irrationality in the name of your religious freedom …”
Wise undoubtedly thinks everybody else — including those who accept the Hebrew scriptures and all other “fairy tales” — absolutely are obligated to respect his spiritual beliefs or lack thereof.
Sometimes the biggest variances result from the smallest details, even life or death, creation or destruction
You’ve probably heard somebody dismissively say something along the lines of “that doesn’t make a dime’s worth of difference to anybody or anything.”
And after all, a dime is worth only 10 cents. Or is it?
What if the weight of one single dime (created from nothing) was added to the universe? Guess what, it’s so finely adjusted to sustain life on this planet (and, who knows, maybe others as well) that such a dime would … what?
It would literally make all the difference in the world for you and I. Astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross explains why: