On this fourth of July, friends, I thought it might be interesting to notice a few quotes on freedom — and respond to them from the Scriptures. Albert Camus, the existentialist philosopher who wrote “The Plague,” said, “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” I believe that only Jesus Christ can make us free. And there is no such thing as absolute freedom. We come into this world as slaves of sin and worshipers of self. However, I do believe that soon the very existence of Christians in this world will be seen as an act of rebellion!
George Orwell, famed author of “1984” and “Animal Farm” said, “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Man, is that ever true today when we Christians simply quote what the Bible says about morality! Let us not prune our words to the contemporary fancies of those who don’t want to hear the truth.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, developed an alcohol dependency, dying at the age of 27 in Paris, probably of an accidental heroin overdose. He once said, “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” To be who you really are? God defines reality and our reality is that we are rebels against Him until we believe in Jesus Christ.
The American self-help author Wayne Dyer, once said, “Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.” This thrice-married man was accused of plagiarizing psychotherapist Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) in his best-selling book “Your Erroneous Zones.” Dyer suggested that readers emulate Jesus Christ, whom he termed both an example of a self-actualized person, and a “preacher of self-reliance.” I’m thankful for the Scriptures which provide us appropriate “obstructions” in life. We call a river without banks a flood. If I am the ultimate determiner of how to live my life I am doomed to a slavery in which God is only a footnote.
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth — and the truth shall make you free.” Would you say that you are free — in Jesus Christ?