Liberty or License

In a speech by Bill Federer I was reminded of the unique ways in which the Christian world view balances freedom and responsibility.

1. According the Christian world view, rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are granted by the Creator rather than on human authority alone. Therefore we are accountable (responsible) to Him.
2. According to the Christian world view, we are made in the image of God and have every reason for equality. Therefore we are responsible for our treatment of others.
3. According to the Christian world view, we may be encouraged to govern ourselves from within before it becomes necessary to be governed from without. Therefore we are responsible for ourselves–in every word, thought, action, attitude and motive.

                              "Mountaineers are always free"

Truly freedom is not the license to do as I please. It is the power to do as I ought. Picture living in that kind of freedom and imagine for one instant YOUR lifetime lived entirely upon the power to do the things you know you ought to do. God gives us that power in Jesus Christ.

Our founding fathers stated their definition of liberty often. Even Plato, though he failed in many ways to live up to it himself, said that “self-conquest is the greatest of victories”. Edmund Burke who from England objectively witnessed the French Revolution, made this summary statement “But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly …”

Therefore, as long as our freedom remains and there is life in our limbs let us take seriously the words of another man who was an eyewitness in the first churches both of the fruits of liberty and the grip of license. Paul wrote: Brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another (Galatians 5:13).

                                     "But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree ... that bringeth forth his fruit in his season ... "


  1. Allen P. August 28, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    Thanks for this reminder, Donald! I have found that the only freedom I have ever experienced is yielding myself to Jesus Christ.

  2. Matthew August 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    So Very True! Oh may this message be heard all over America. Christ is the means to true and perfect liberty. Donald, thank you so much for articulating such important principles in a wonderfully concise and understandable manner. To put it simply, I’m motivated and inspired. These are things I’ve been thinking about lately – your post put the pieces together so smoothily. Awesome!Awesome!
    “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” 2Cor3:10
    “…Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Mat22:39

  3. Tony Kuo August 30, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    Hello Donld!!how are you doing lately?Are you still in Tawiwan? My family and I were all miss you very much.

  4. James August 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    This concept was very helpful during a particular discussion on the Journey! Thank you for encapsulating it so clearly.

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