Many believe that it is “their freedom in Christ” which allows them the opportunity to set their own standards for living in any way they deem appropriate. Even when the word of God has set a clear precedence or standard, these same persons enjoy having it their way. While I have the “personal freedom” to eat at McDonald’s three meals a day, every day, I choose not to because I believe the health risks far outweigh my personal freedom. It may be personal freedom and my right, but if I desire to live any length of time, I will need to make better choices – healthy choices.
Actually, I suppose I can call anything “my truth,” but that does not make it true or anywhere close to factual. Regardless of how much independence we claim, there are certain ways to accomplish things and specific practices for most of life. I am pleased that the pilots who fly the huge jets I am a passenger on follow a certain standard set for them by the Federal Aviation Association. I am grateful for the boundaries and guidelines our laws create and for those who are paid to reinforce them. Independence does not give me the freedom to create my own truth. Why then when it comes to the direction of the scriptures do many persons believe them to be optional? I am so grateful that our Lord gave up His freedom and His independence to leave heaven and come to earth to die for us. I am so pleased that He chose to take on the nature of a servant for you and for me rather than claiming His right as God. Our freedom came as Jesus chose to give His up.