For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. – Rom. 8:2-4 (ESV)

We in America like to think Freedom for us, and the World, will be achieved because we are a nation of laws. We like to think that our Democracy serves the cause of Freedom, but it does not. All Governments exists to limit our freedom, because left to our own passions society will always degenerate.

Freedom can only exist when there is an absolute unchanging moral standard and a mean by which that standard can be achieved.

In the Old Testament of the Bible we read how a perfect Law  was given by YHWH.   And while this perfect moral standard pointed the Jews toward what was right, the Law had no power to help them achieve it. A Nation of Laws, like America, points not to what is right, but to what is socially acceptable, and then the Government relies upon the threat of violence to bring conformity.

Only through Jesus Christ do we find both rightness and power.   The Son points us to what it always right and has the power of life through the Holy Spirit as the means to transform us.

Some will argue, “I have the power within me.  If I set my mind to it, I can achieve my own freedom.”  The futility of this approach is evident in the myriad of “self-help” books that fill up countless shelves in the local bookstore. If any of them actually worked, we would not need new books every year with new self-help gurus to promote their new “methods”.

Freedom in the Son is achieved by setting us from from the rat-race of human competition.

  • It frees us from World’s goal of personal achievement.
  • It frees us from the competition against our own self-destructive tendencies.
  • It frees us from the tyranny of human governments and legalism.

Total freedom is found only in the Son because he offers more than a program of “visualization” and “self-actualization”, he offers relationship!

Read more of my article on Faith & Politics @ TheFaithNews.com

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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