No License to do Anything
I appreciate the December issue of revive magazine for its very exhaustive study on Christian freedom. I was very specially impressed by Mr. P. Abraham’s article. Some of the points he delineated are very true in today’s context. As we are pilgrims and strangers in this world, some may think that we do not have to obey the rules of the human government; but Peter tells us that we have an even greater obligation to obey the laws of the land. Christians are citizens of a higher kingdom and have a higher obligation. They should listen to God rather than men, when allegiance to the earthly rulers calls upon them to violate their consciences and standards of God’s kingdom. The unsaved world watches the Christian; therefore, we must abstain from sins, by the power of the Spirit. Our behavior must be honest, for this is the only way to silence their evil talk. A Christian is free, but his freedom is not license to do anything he wants. Let’s all have this balanced understanding of our freedom as Christians.
Jayan V.K, Kothamangalam
Don’t Change Foundation
Rev. Kris Jackson presents a very relevant issue as he uses the example of a fence. He begins with a question, “Is it possible to find a place of balance or moderation and still maintain moral integrity?” Then he quotes Dr. Warren Wiersbe, “Before taking down a fence, find out why it was put there to begin with”. The ancient fences regarding reading materials, cinema, dating, dress, television, wining and dining and so on, were built for what were sound reasons at the time. The forefathers sought to live close to the Lord, they didn’t want anything to threaten intimacy, so they built clearly defined fences or what would be more properly called “traditions”. If any of the fences change with time, be sure, the foundation never changes. The way that leads to eternal life is still a narrow gate. Yes, let’s not change the very foundations or doctrines of the Word of God.
George Mathew, Jabalpur
Freedom in Work
Many people including Christians have not yet understood the real meaning of freedom. The December issue of revive makes it very clear through all the different articles. Pastor Saju Joseph points out freedom as it should be practiced in various aspects of life. For example, the freedom of work – if all the work that we do either in church or outside is done due to somebody else’s compulsion or to please some human being, it is a work in bondage. Every activity that we do as a church member, a Bible student, a minister in a church or in any institution, ought to be done as unto the Lord. If our prayer and other spiritual activities are controlled by a remote system with a set time-table and regulations then it becomes a work in bondage. But if we do our work faithfully and sincerely, even if there is no warning bell or a supervisor, then it is a work in freedom. Let us enjoy freedom in its right sense even at our workplaces.
Raju Abraham, Abudhabi
Freedom vs. Serfdom
Freedom is the gift of God. God created man with freedom to do whatever for his or her permanent good. Greed is not freedom, it is serfdom. This led to man’s fall. This idea is brought out by MPK Kutty in your recent issue. His insights were indeed very valuable. Man’s original sin, as some say, is rebellion against God or wanting to do everything his own way. In short, man was seeking complete freedom. There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought to God has a good plan for each of His creation and especially for each human individual. Whatever is not good for us is forbidden by God in His Word. To deny or prevent whatever is harmful for a child by its loving father or mother is not denying freedom for the child. The same is with human beings in the dealings of God. May The Holy Spirit help us to discern between freedom and serfdom.
Thomas Jacob, Florida
Right to Fundamental rights!
In the light of the present debate in India with regard to the religious conversion/reconversion more clarification is needed for a true meaning of religious freedom. Sanjana Thomas in her article put forward a number of very relevant arguments in relation to the human rights issues people face today worldwide and in India specially. Personal religious interests must not do any damage to others’ rights to the fundamental rights. Christians must bear this in mind and witness by life more than by mere words. It is my prayer that God may enable all of us to adopt a very blessed and harmless method of persuasion to the love of God in Jesus by our life example.
Moni Jose, New Delhi