What is true Christian liberty?
It's a question that's been at the forefront of conversation for many Christian Americans in recent days. Speculative fears of imminent censorship, social hostility, and even persecution have inundated social media.
They've all cried the same lament, "We've lost our liberty."
I think it's good to be reminded of the essence of true Christian liberty. From a biblical perspective, we've not lost any liberties whatsoever. Why? Because civic and spiritual liberties are two separate things. We've confused those categories to the detriment of our own spiritual lives.
Christians have obtained spiritual liberties that are inalienable to our being. They are impossible to steal. Remember, in Christ we have the liberty to:
- Be “strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph 3:16)
- Become partakers of the divine nature through grace (2Pe 1:4)
- Receive mercy and find grace in time of need (Heb 4:15-16)
- Be renewed in the spirit of our minds (Eph 4:23)
- Successfully flee temptation (1Co 10:13)
- Live by faith (Heb 10:38)
- Stand firm (Eph 6:13)
- Live and walk in the spirit (Gal 5:16,25)
- Put off the old self and put on the new self (Eph 4:22-24)
- Live as citizens under the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
- “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph 6:10)
- Have boldness and access to God with confidence in faith (Eph 3:12)
And, lest we forget, we only have these liberties through Christ.
These are the things we are promised; we are not promised civic liberties. These are the promises we should exercise; all others are fleeting. Above all, these promises should lead us to bear God's name well and to see his name glorified in our lives.
True Christian liberty isn't the right to live in a country where all people agree with you. No, true Christian liberty is the freedom to journey in a foreign land as a sojourner on your way home.