Happy 4th of July weekend. Thank you for joining us online this weekend and we look forward to seeing you here Sunday the 12th at 10AM… 1 SERVICE!
Today is the day after we celebrate our freedom. That word caries a different value this year though.
There are many who would argue that our freedoms are being limited now more than ever, but there are also those who have gone to the other extreme and have defied the law to an extent that is punishable by many years in prison and yet few have been arrested and they feel they are actually experiencing freedom from the tyranny of police, etc.
Is that really freedom?
You can watch the news and the reality is that these people that don’t want to be under the guidance of police take it upon themselves to police and are 10 times more brutal than those who actually police.
One can see the paradigm we are living in is lacking because we think that absence of something equals freedom.
Tim Keller writes in his book, The Reason for God, “Freedom cannot be defined in strictly negative terms, as the absence of confinement and constraint. In fact, in many cases, confinement and constraint is actually a means to liberation.”
He uses the example of limiting one’s freedom to practice and excel at playing a musical instrument. “You’ve deliberately lost your freedom to engage in some things in order to release yourself to a richer kind of freedom to accomplish other things.”
Keller concludes, “Disciplines and constraints, then, liberate us only when they fit with the reality of our nature and capacities” (Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism [New York: Dutton, 2008], 45–46).