Freedom

Happy 4th of July.

I love America! Sure America has it’s issues, but it’s an amazing country. I love traveling around the world, but there is nothing like coming home to America.

America is home of the free and land of the brave.

We are so free we can taste it.

I live right next to Langley Air Force base. Every time I hear a jet fly by I say it’s the…

But let’s talk about freedom for a minute. Freedom truly is amazing, but I’m not sure it means what you think it means.

We are free, but freedom doesn’t mean we get to do whatever we want. It also doesn’t mean we get to manipulate it to give our preferences an advantage.

At times it appears that people want freedom to mean being able to do whatever you want to do. That’s not freedom. That’s anarchy.

Ultimate freedom is found under ultimate authority.

Freedom doesn’t work without morality. Morality is…

If everyone is deciding what is right and wrong, good or bad, than morality is fluid.

Often times people resist God because they don’t want anyone telling them what to do. The rules of God are too restrictive.

But I think that’s a limiting way of looking at God.

God gives us rules so that we can have ultimate freedom.

Think of it this way…

When you play a game it comes with rules. Following the rules doesn’t restrict your freedom it enhances it. When someone is not playing by the rules the game becomes frustrating. When someone plays by a different set of rules it’s really frustrating. Maybe you aren’t like me, but when I play a game and someone tries to play by a different set of rules I pull out the rule book.

The fun of the game is the freedom that’s found within the predetermined rules.

So who gets to set the rules to your life?

To me, it makes sense that God would create the playbook for life. And the rules of God don’t restrict us, but give us ultimate freedom.

Ultimate freedom is found under ultimate authority.

Who is more free someone who chooses not to steal or someone who gets caught stealing? Who is more free someone who lies and has to keep up with the pressure of continuing the lie or someone who tells the truth? Who is more free someone who is faithful to their spouse or someone who has to hide the affair?

Who is more free a child that follows the rules of the parent or a child that is grounded because they rebelled?

The rules that govern your life define your morality.

For Americans, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It’s wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams.

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Rob Shepherd

I am the full-time husband of a wonderful woman! I love being married! We are proud parents to twins, Hayden and Reese. In my spare time I am the pastor of Next Level Church. I have a relationship with God and it is an adventure. Oh and I wrote a book. It's called Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You.

One Comment

  1. Laura Spiers
    July 4, 2017

    Awesome Rob, thank you and Happy Independence Day!

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