Most of us have heard this expression, Freedom isn’t Free. With this saying, we remind ourselves of the brave military folks, who valiantly put themselves into harm’s way to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. We remember that the loss of their lives, tells us that our freedom for which they fight, is indeed not free.
But I would hazard a bet, bigger than my current bank account, that we do not really think about that expression in any real sense in today’s world. This expression has sadly become a bromide. Freedom has become a thought that has no depth to its meaning. In today’s culture, we have lost the understanding of what freedom is. This is a tragedy. For Christians, this is missing one of the biggest messages, one of the foundations, of Christ’s ministry.
A request came to me to write a blog ... “yikes” I thought, but immediately into my mind popped that expression – “freedom isn’t free.” I am a member of a military family, proud daughter and niece of men from the “Greatest Generation” who fought in WWII. I am also a military spouse who has kept the home fires burning during many detachments and deployments. That expression resonates with me. But it surprised me in relation to a blog post for a Christian Women’s Leadership Academy. Of course, that is what I love most about Holy Spirit. He is always full of surprises and ready to open and bend my mind.
free·dom | \ ˈfrē-dəm \
Definition of freedom
1: the quality or state of being free: such as
a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
c: the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.
d: unrestricted use
f: the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken
g: improper familiarity
h: boldness of conception or execution
2a: a political right
We, as Americans, have taken freedom for granted for so long that we have ceased to consider it, to marvel at it. We no longer recognize how crucial this is to our well-being. We no longer teach liberty and freedom in our schools. We no longer fight for our freedom. We no longer recognize when it is being taken from us.
When Holy Spirit put the phrase “freedom isn’t free” into my mind, I began to think of God giving us free will at our creation. I thought of our fall from God’s grace by Adam and Eve. Then I began to think about Jesus Christ. His mission on this earth was a mission of freedom. His ministry was a ministry of freedom. “So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free!” John 8:36 (TPT)
Luke 4:16-21(TPT) relates to us the beginning of Jesus’ ministry –
“When He came to Nazareth, where he had been raised, He went into the synagogue, as He always did on the Sabbath day. When Jesus came to the front to read the Scriptures, they handed Him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and read where it is written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind,