But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer, but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25 (NASB)
The picture above is of the Boston Harbor where our forefathers held the infamous Boston Tea Party to protest the tyranny of England over the colonies. This week millions of pro-life marchers also protested, holding signs to protest the killing of unborn babies whose body parts are being trafficked by Planned Parenthood. Somehow I don’t think Planned Parenthood is what the original patriots had in mind when they fought for liberty.
What is liberty? Does it mean there are no laws? Of course not! What would our society look like if there were no laws? Recent riots in places like Ferguson come to mind.
Some people seem to think liberty is license to do whatever they want, whenever they want. Unfortunately, for portions of our population, that seems to be more and more the case. But we all know that’s not a true definition. Life has to have structure or the result is chaos.
Obviously I’m not just talking about abortion and Planned Parenthood here, although the “my body, my choice” slogan is a prime example. It justifies even murder under the guise of “liberty” and the result is that over sixty million Americans have now been murdered. Think about it. That’s ten times the number killed in the Holocaust. Yet we barely even blink! How sick have we gotten?
Alcohol, drugs, pornography, child abuse, sex-trafficking, etc. The list goes on and on. These things have always existed. As the Bible says, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” But always in the past, they were considered shameful. Sin was sin. Everybody knew it. And nobody tried to make it acceptable. Now…
Lately, even some so-called Christians tend to think this way. They think they can live like the devil all week, go to church on Sunday, and everything is hunky-dory. It doesn’t work that way. A true relationship with Christ will change our “wanter.” A true Christian shouldn’t want to live like that! So if that’s what you still want, you’d better check out your salvation!
No, I’m not talking about going back to the old legalistic Pharisaic systems of doing things. Grace is letting the Holy Spirit guide us. But the Holy Spirit will NEVER cause us to sin. We must stand up for the truth! James says the law of liberty is a perfect law. He means the liberty only found in Jesus. It’s a law of Love that causes us to want to be kind to one another, forgive one another, respect one another, and lead others to His truth. That’s where true liberty is found.