“As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.” – Romans 6:20-21
Culture repeatedly tells us to “do what you want, because YOLO.” What if we discovered that such a perspective is a prison, not a life of freedom?
I was talking with a friend recently who has struggled with pornography for longer than he would like to admit. I challenged him to call me when he’s feeling tempted, to which he replied, “Andrew, I can’t promise that…It’s got a hold on me.”
Quote-unquote “freedom” told him that he could do what made him “happy”. What it didn’t tell him is that it would lock him in a prison of shame and addiction.
Maybe the freedom Jesus taught is for real. Maybe we’re missing what it means to be free.
How many lives have been destroyed by addiction?
How many marriages and families have been torn apart because of a brief moment of false freedom?
How many people have been killed in the greed of nations wanting more, more, more?
Doing what we “want” isn’t freedom. Real freedom is found in the grace pouring from a man who was nailed to a tree. Such grace frees us to live lives that we were always meant to live!
What choices have you made that are destroying you? Wouldn’t you like to be free?
Freedom is always available – freedom to live a life guided by love, life, and grace.