All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify (1 Cor 10:23)~ just because it’s the thing that everybody is doing doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Just because there’s a law supporting it and it’s the ‘way the world is’ doesn’t mean it’s good for you or that you have to conform to it! Our ‘freedoms’ are often enjoyed beyond their intent because we see them as a limitless path to a desired activity. The constitution grants us freedom of speech – and we sure enjoy THAT freedom because there is NO FILTER these days on what people will say, post, tweet or blog! A law that allows for legalization of something doesn’t mean God is okay with it! What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it (Rom 6:1-2). Our freedoms are not intended that we just go and do as we please; but they are set in place that there will be no laws or restrictions set in place that imprison us to the contrary or impose a specific movement or view. they liberate us from the oppression of unjust laws. When we go to these extremes ‘expressing our freedoms’ – we are in essence imprisoning ourselves. God’s grace gives us freedom from sin and life to the dead ‘in Him’, but when we continue in sin and lawlessness under the impression that God’s grace forgives us, we abuse what He has given us and we misconstrue its purpose – we allow ourselves then to be enslaved from that which we were already freed! So if you use grace to enslave or impoverish yourself by making dumb decisions, and indulging the flesh and doing and saying whatever “feels good”, then you are setting aside grace. You are not using it for its intended purpose. Grace and freedom liberate, but if you use this freedom to discard your freedom, then what was the point? You are no better off than when you started. Even with our freedoms, as children of God, we ARE the example of Christ! We are allowed broad freedoms to live as we choose, and God grants us the free will to make decisions for our lives. But we need to understand that everything we do is still accountable to the statute of God’s righteousness. Furthermore, all of our actions are an example to someone that is going a certain way. Each day, you are sending a message to the people around you and some of them are extremely impressionable. Is your message one you are proud to deliver? Do you have any behaviors that might have a negative influence on others? You are the only Bible some people will ever read, and your life is under scrutiny every day. Do they see an accurate picture of God in you? What example will you follow? What example will you set? Will they see you imprisoned by your freedoms or will they see you liberated in the truth and righteousness of God’s grace?
– Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (Gal 5:1) –