If I let her, Christina would eat an entire container of chocolate ice cream in one sitting. And that would probably kill her.
Both my girls wish for greater freedom. Freedom to stay up later, eat more junk food, and do whatever they want. Yet only when they submit to Ashley and I do they find the liberty to enjoy happiness, health, and tons of great food.
Between leukemia and diabetes, total freedom absent rules and guidelines would kill my daughters.
Why do so many people think freedom is such an amazing thing when it could very well kill you?
Let me narrow things down here…
I see many friends in my generation turning from faith in Jesus Christ to some mixing bowl of all faiths and spirituality.
Rejecting Christ and pursuing religious “freedom” echoes the desires of my young children.
They think they want freedom. Yet in rejecting the rules of their parents they would enslave themselves to their currently dangerous desires and choices. I’m not insulting my kids, I have a five-year-old and a three-year-old.
I like how Timothy Keller put it:
“You may think you’re free, but you’re not. In shunning Christ you have made yourself a slave to money, or sex, or to a particular body image, or success, or… Something.” -Tim Keller
God made you and I. When we accept that and live in relationship with him, we will know how to thrive. Just like healthy kids.
A lot of people like to quote Jesus on Freedom:
“and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””
John 8:32 ESV
Year they failed to read the reality he spoke later in that same chapter:
“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:34, 36 ESV
The cross of Christ actually offers true freedom.
When we reject a relationship with our father in heaven we actually leave behind freedom and embrace slavery. Slavery to our whims and desires.
Choose real freedom. Admit the power of your desires and the reality of the pull of things like sex, money, and power.