This month, on the Christian Writers Blog chain, we are discussing the subject of Freedom. What does freedom mean to someone living in a country like Australia? Well, we recognise our freedom in the lyrics of our national anthem.
Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free
That said, we don’t tend to make a big deal about our freedom. You could almost say that we take it for granted. I think one of the reasons for that is that freedom is something that we’ve always had. We’ve never known any different. If you look at countries like India or America, who had to fight for their political independence, you see a different picture – they take freedom very seriously. It’s a big part of their national identity.
Here in Australia, even in the days of British rule, we enjoyed freedom, and it wasn’t until 1901 that we even decided to become an independent nation. That said, I acknowledge that our indigenous Australians lost some of their freedom when European colonists arrived. We have a democratic government that is largely held accountable by the people. I know we all complain about the government – I know I do – but I remember listening to some stories a few years back, told to me by a former refugee from Sierra Leone. After he described the corruption they faced in their homeland I thanked God for our system of government.
But is political freedom what it’s really all about? While our parliament pays lip-service to our Christian heritage, we slowly drift away from its principals. The interesting thing about freedom – the great paradox, is that the more we seek independence from God, the more we become a slave to sin, and the more we give ourselves in willing voluntary submission to God, the more we find freedom in Christ. After all – what is sin? Sin has been described as anything that seeks to be independent from God. God’s ways are so upside-down. Then again, maybe we are the ones who are upside down.
In the end it’s not about politics, or national freedom – the only freedom that really matters is a personal thing between me and my maker. People around this world endure all kinds of injustice, and corruption, but their relationship with Jesus gives them a freedom that no man can take away.
Let’s not that that kind of freedom for granted – ever.
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- 1/7: Lynn Mosher, Heading Home
- 3/7: Brian Jones, Alambraidria
- 4/7: Traci Bonney, Tracings
- 6/7: Carol Peterson, From Carol’s Quill
- 7/7: Cindee Snider Re, Breathe Deeply
- 10/7: Keith Wallis, wordsculptures
- 11/7: Liberty Speidel, Word Wanderings
- 12/7: Terrie Thorpe, Light for the Journey
- 13/7: Nona King, Word Obsession
- 13/7: Victor Travison, Lightwalker’s View
- 14/7: Chris Vonada, I’m Just Thinkin’
- 16/7: Scott Fields, Dead Man Writing
- 18/7: Michael Galloway, Horizons
- 19/7: Adam Collings, The Collings Zone — YOU ARE HERE
- 21/7: Edward Lewis, Sowing the Seeds
- 22/7: Sarah Grace, Write-Minded
- 23/7: Anita Estes, New Life Dialogue
- 25/7: Chris Depew, The Beulah Land Blog
- 27/7: Tracy Krauss, Expression Express
- 28/7: Marilyn, Life 101 Understanding It All