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Freedom is a big word among the youth. 

It has become the shibboleth to the NOW generation. 

Within the scope of our society we have the Freedom Movement, The Freedom Foundation, Women’s Liberation, Civil Liberties Union, The Black Liberation and many others. One hears school children singing, “My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty . . . from every mountain side let freedom ring.” We also observe the teeming throng swaying arm in arm while they sing the third stanza of We Shall Overcome, “We shall all be free . . . oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall all be free some day.” 

Even more significant however, is youth’s expression of freedom in their rock festivals. This can hardly be called the typical American scene, yet it is within America that one finds such a scene. In the name of freedom, one can buy a ticket to a “paradise” of licentious living. Drugs flow freely and no “fuzz” crashes the gate. Skinny dipping has become the status symbol of freedom. Free love and sex take place openly and the flower children smile in reflection upon such freedom. No one tries to outdo the other in displaying his material gain, they share in “brotherhood.” The more mottled the hair, ripped up the pants, dirty the toes, the more they display their freedom from greedy, materialistic, capitalism. 

The term freedom drips with savory American tradition. It was in the name of freedom that our country was born. We have encountered bloody opposition to this freedom, but we have manfully defended it at home and abroad. Our history books are set ablaze with eloquent oratory, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Freedom has made America distinct among the nations of the world. 

Yet, it is apparent that this freedom is being tested in our land. How tolerant does a government become in the preservation of individual freedom? Does freedom of speech allow the S.D.S. to agitate and excite to riot? Does freedom of assembly guarantee the Black Panthers the right to plot an attack upon the police? Does freedom of religion condone nude-ins under the guise of sensitivity? Does freedom of the press assure a fat pocket book to the pornographers? 

We have purposely set forth the subject of freedom in the perspective of politics, because it is in this arena that we deal with it in our daily lives. We are involved in politics whether we like it or not. Even if we sit on our hands and do nothing, we thereby express approval with the trend of our times and go along with the majority. If we critically evaluate the American scene, we may recognize that our greatest heritage may well be our “Achilles heel.” If political freedom means that the government will grant a license to all the citizens to do as they please, we have lost our freedom to the forces of anarchy.

Even then the nub of the question is, where do we draw the line? What should be considered going too far? How do we avoid the police state? Will the reactionary forces against abused freedom swing us into a government of law and order to the extent of taking away all freedom and making us the stooges of Nazism? 

It’s good to ponder some of these questions. 

Every great statesman of the American republic recognized that freedom without law is no freedom; it is bondage. There can be no political freedom, even if it is guaranteed by a constitution, unless there is the moral strength to recognize that freedom is not to do as one pleases, rather it is to do what is right! There must be a standard of right and wrong. Freedom is to avoid doing the wrong and exercising the moral and physical strength in doing the right. 

This banner of right the Christian is called upon to carry into the political arena today. There is only one such standard of right and wrong and that is the Word of God. This Word of God is the unique property of the Christian. Here too, the question is not whether America wants this standard; obviously she does not. Neither is the question whether the Christian will be, able to influence society and bring about a change. Here, too, in all likelihood things will get worse. Rather, the question for the Christian today is, what does our Lord call us to do! What is the Christian witness and how must this be expressed today? The child of God must be able to warn the neighbor that in breaking the law of God, he will bring God’s judgments upon our land. The Christian citizen must exercise his calling to point out to those who govern what the mandate of the Word of God is for him. The Christian never loses this calling; it becomes more urgent as the times become more critical. 

The finger must be pointed at a corrupt government, but more so at a corrupt church. At one time, the church had a strong influence upon the American scene; she did this not by compromise, but by maintaining the mandate of the Scriptures. Think of the influence of Puritanism. Even though it may be derided today, nevertheless public morals were more closely directed to the Scriptures then, than at any other period in our American history. The apostate church has become the leader in turning away from the guide line of the Scriptures. The “new morality” is the illegitimate-off-spring of the apostate church. The words of II Peter 2:19, 20 apply to them, “while they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption, for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” The apostate church must hear the warning of Gal. 5:13, “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty, only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” This is what they have done: under the pretence of Christian liberty, they give occasion to the flesh to sin. This is evident in their Sunday School material, in the Sunday messages, in the personal lives of many church leaders. The apostate church has led our nation down the road of moral decay and anarchy. This is using liberty as a cloak of maliciousness, I Peter 2:16

Freedom is the right and the ability to do the will of God. 

Political freedom has its roots in moral freedom. The two cannot be separated, nor can they be reversed. Only the Christian enjoys this freedom. Rom. 8:21 speaks of the “glorious liberty of the children of God.” And what is that freedom? “But now being made free fromsin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life,” Rom. 6:22. The will of the natural man is in the bondage of sin and death. Freedom is in Christ Jesus, “if the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed,” John 8:36. This Christ did by freeing us from the burden of guilt and meriting for us righteousness with God. The benefits of this death become ours as the Spirit of Christ enters into our hearts. We then recognize our sins and being pricked by the Sword of the Spirit, we humble ourselves in repentance and cry unto God for mercy to forgive. This same Spirit directs us to the Word of God and illuminates our minds to know His will. He gives us the grace to hate sin and seek after righteousness. We desire to do His will and recognize that in the doing of His will there is the greatest joy in life. Hence Paul says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty,” II Cor. 3:17. To this liberty we are exhorted, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has set us free,” Gal. 5:1

The Word of God bridges the paradoxical gap between law and liberty. It would seem that liberty excludes law. This is the mistaken notion of the flower generation. Some of this rubs off on covenant youth as well. Yet the Christian recognizes that freedom is the ability and right to keep the law of God perfectly. Hence David sang for the Old Testament Church, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law, yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments, for therein do I delight,” Ps. 119:33-35. James serves as the spokesman for the New Testament Church, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” 

The Christian recognizes that this freedom will never lead him into licentiousness. This freedom makes one the slave of Jesus Christ. Paul explains this in his epistle to the Romans, “But now being made free from sin, and become the servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Rom. 6:22, 23. Hence Paul delighted in calling himself, “servant of Jesus Christ.” Literally the word he uses is slave. The child of God is brought into the bondage of Christ. This is freedom, because it is not against his will; but according to his will made free by the grace of God. He delights according to the inward man to do this will of God. 

Having this freedom, the Christian recognizes that he alone is called to carry this banner into the political arena. The Lordship of Christ applies to his whole life. Christ is Lord of his body, soul, and spirit. Christ is lord of his talents, his possessions, his place in the world. Christ is lord of every sphere of his life: home, church, school, as well as the political and economic sphere. 

As children of God, we must warn the citizens of our land that freedom is in Christ Jesus alone. We must warn that licentiousness, freedom without the law of God, leads to anarchy and destruction. We must show them that the law of God directs our whole life and only in that way is one brought into peace with God and his fellow man. 

This Christian witness, whether brought forth by the individual Christian of through combined efforts on the part of many Christians, will not produce a Christian nation. America will not be brought back to God. God’s Word makes plain that once a people departs from the way; it is impossible for them to return, Heb. 6:4-6. History shows that things will become progressively worse as anti-Christ arises upon the throne. The faithful witness must expect to be slain, Rev. 11:3ff. 

But the witness must go forth. 

It is through the faithful preaching of the gospel and by the effect this Word has in the dynamic Christian life of the believer, that God gathers unto Himself His people. It is through the still small voice that the Kingdom of Christ is established in the hearts of believers and their seed and will come to perfect expression in the new heavens and new earth wherein righteousness will dwell. 

Freedom of the heart must express itself in freedom of life. 

Covenant youth are the only youth that are truly free. 

Stand therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has set you free! Freedom is a big word among the youth. 

It has become the shibboleth to the NOW generation. 

Within the scope of our society we have the Freedom Movement, The Freedom Foundation, Women’s Liberation, Civil Liberties Union, The Black Liberation and many others. One hears school children singing, “My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty . . . from every mountain side let freedom ring.” We also observe the teeming throng swaying arm in arm while they sing the third stanza of We Shall Overcome, “We shall all be free . . . oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall all be free some day.” 

Even more significant however, is youth’s expression of freedom in their rock festivals. This can hardly be called the typical American scene, yet it is within America that one finds such a scene. In the name of freedom, one can buy a ticket to a “paradise” of licentious living. Drugs flow freely and no “fuzz” crashes the gate. Skinny dipping has become the status symbol of freedom. Free love and sex take place openly and the flower children smile in reflection upon such freedom. No one tries to outdo the other in displaying his material gain, they share in “brotherhood.” The more mottled the hair, ripped up the pants, dirty the toes, the more they display their freedom from greedy, materialistic, capitalism. 

The term freedom drips with savory American tradition. It was in the name of freedom that our country was born. We have encountered bloody opposition to this freedom, but we have manfully defended it at home and abroad. Our history books are set ablaze with eloquent oratory, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Freedom has made America distinct among the nations of the world. 

Yet, it is apparent that this freedom is being tested in our land. How tolerant does a government become in the preservation of individual freedom? Does freedom of speech allow the S.D.S. to agitate and excite to riot? Does freedom of assembly guarantee the Black Panthers the right to plot an attack upon the police? Does freedom of religion condone nude-ins under the guise of sensitivity? Does freedom of the press assure a fat pocket book to the pornographers? 

We have purposely set forth the subject of freedom in the perspective of politics, because it is in this arena that we deal with it in our daily lives. We are involved in politics whether we like it or not. Even if we sit on our hands and do nothing, we thereby express approval with the trend of our times and go along with the majority. If we critically evaluate the American scene, we may recognize that our greatest heritage may well be our “Achilles heel.” If political freedom means that the government will grant a license to all the citizens to do as they please, we have lost our freedom to the forces of anarchy.

Even then the nub of the question is, where do we draw the line? What should be considered going too far? How do we avoid the police state? Will the reactionary forces against abused freedom swing us into a government of law and order to the extent of taking away all freedom and making us the stooges of Nazism? 

It’s good to ponder some of these questions. 

Every great statesman of the American republic recognized that freedom without law is no freedom; it is bondage. There can be no political freedom, even if it is guaranteed by a constitution, unless there is the moral strength to recognize that freedom is not to do as one pleases, rather it is to do what is right! There must be a standard of right and wrong. Freedom is to avoid doing the wrong and exercising the moral and physical strength in doing the right. 

This banner of right the Christian is called upon to carry into the political arena today. There is only one such standard of right and wrong and that is the Word of God. This Word of God is the unique property of the Christian. Here too, the question is not whether America wants this standard; obviously she does not. Neither is the question whether the Christian will be, able to influence society and bring about a change. Here, too, in all likelihood things will get worse. Rather, the question for the Christian today is, what does our Lord call us to do! What is the Christian witness and how must this be expressed today? The child of God must be able to warn the neighbor that in breaking the law of God, he will bring God’s judgments upon our land. The Christian citizen must exercise his calling to point out to those who govern what the mandate of the Word of God is for him. The Christian never loses this calling; it becomes more urgent as the times become more critical. 

The finger must be pointed at a corrupt government, but more so at a corrupt church. At one time, the church had a strong influence upon the American scene; she did this not by compromise, but by maintaining the mandate of the Scriptures. Think of the influence of Puritanism. Even though it may be derided today, nevertheless public morals were more closely directed to the Scriptures then, than at any other period in our American history. The apostate church has become the leader in turning away from the guide line of the Scriptures. The “new morality” is the illegitimate-off-spring of the apostate church. The words of II Peter 2:19, 20 apply to them, “while they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption, for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” The apostate church must hear the warning of Gal. 5:13, “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty, only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” This is what they have done: under the pretence of Christian liberty, they give occasion to the flesh to sin. This is evident in their Sunday School material, in the Sunday messages, in the personal lives of many church leaders. The apostate church has led our nation down the road of moral decay and anarchy. This is using liberty as a cloak of maliciousness, I Peter 2:16

Freedom is the right and the ability to do the will of God. 

Political freedom has its roots in moral freedom. The two cannot be separated, nor can they be reversed. Only the Christian enjoys this freedom. Rom. 8:21 speaks of the “glorious liberty of the children of God.” And what is that freedom? “But now being made free fromsin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life,” Rom. 6:22. The will of the natural man is in the bondage of sin and death. Freedom is in Christ Jesus, “if the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed,” John 8:36. This Christ did by freeing us from the burden of guilt and meriting for us righteousness with God. The benefits of this death become ours as the Spirit of Christ enters into our hearts. We then recognize our sins and being pricked by the Sword of the Spirit, we humble ourselves in repentance and cry unto God for mercy to forgive. This same Spirit directs us to the Word of God and illuminates our minds to know His will. He gives us the grace to hate sin and seek after righteousness. We desire to do His will and recognize that in the doing of His will there is the greatest joy in life. Hence Paul says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty,” II Cor. 3:17. To this liberty we are exhorted, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has set us free,” Gal. 5:1

The Word of God bridges the paradoxical gap between law and liberty. It would seem that liberty excludes law. This is the mistaken notion of the flower generation. Some of this rubs off on covenant youth as well. Yet the Christian recognizes that freedom is the ability and right to keep the law of God perfectly. Hence David sang for the Old Testament Church, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law, yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments, for therein do I delight,” Ps. 119:33-35. James serves as the spokesman for the New Testament Church, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” 

The Christian recognizes that this freedom will never lead him into licentiousness. This freedom makes one the slave of Jesus Christ. Paul explains this in his epistle to the Romans, “But now being made free from sin, and become the servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Rom. 6:22, 23. Hence Paul delighted in calling himself, “servant of Jesus Christ.” Literally the word he uses is slave. The child of God is brought into the bondage of Christ. This is freedom, because it is not against his will; but according to his will made free by the grace of God. He delights according to the inward man to do this will of God. 

Having this freedom, the Christian recognizes that he alone is called to carry this banner into the political arena. The Lordship of Christ applies to his whole life. Christ is Lord of his body, soul, and spirit. Christ is lord of his talents, his possessions, his place in the world. Christ is lord of every sphere of his life: home, church, school, as well as the political and economic sphere. 

As children of God, we must warn the citizens of our land that freedom is in Christ Jesus alone. We must warn that licentiousness, freedom without the law of God, leads to anarchy and destruction. We must show them that the law of God directs our whole life and only in that way is one brought into peace with God and his fellow man. 

This Christian witness, whether brought forth by the individual Christian of through combined efforts on the part of many Christians, will not produce a Christian nation. America will not be brought back to God. God’s Word makes plain that once a people departs from the way; it is impossible for them to return, Heb. 6:4-6. History shows that things will become progressively worse as anti-Christ arises upon the throne. The faithful witness must expect to be slain, Rev. 11:3ff. 

But the witness must go forth. 

It is through the faithful preaching of the gospel and by the effect this Word has in the dynamic Christian life of the believer, that God gathers unto Himself His people. It is through the still small voice that the Kingdom of Christ is established in the hearts of believers and their seed and will come to perfect expression in the new heavens and new earth wherein righteousness will dwell. 

Freedom of the heart must express itself in freedom of life. 

Covenant youth are the only youth that are truly free. 

Stand therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has setyou free!