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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About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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6 Responses to Freedom

  1. I love your message that our relationship with Jesus gives us a freedom that no man can take away. Well said.

  2. E G Lewis says:

    Great post. You’re absolutely spot on when you say the legislature gives lip service to Christian principles. Yet these are very thing that made our nations great. As we move deeper and deeper into materialism and secularism we are moving away from freedom and heading for dictatorship.
    Peace and Blessings.

  3. MGalloway says:

    Nice! Great point about the paradox of “independence” from God. I’ve also known some people who are doing everything they can to establish their independence from God, and in the process are some of the most agitated and restless people I’ve ever met.

  4. Terrie says:

    Your American cousin here. Yes, we do jump up and down over our hard won freedom-it’s the thing that makes us who we are. Freedom is never free-many lives were given to secure our ability to self govern as a nation under God. Although we started off by providence our people have neglected the very thing that has made them free and a powerful nation. Any nation that abandons God is doomed to failure-as you can see America slipping away into the sands of time.
    No matter who we are or where we live on God’s earth-this is the truth that will remain:
    “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.” Loved this–So true!!


  5. Traci B says:

    Terrie said it all, so I’ll just “Amen!” your post and her comment. Great contribution to the topic, Adam!

  6. Tracy Krauss says:

    It was great to see freedom from the point of view of someone down under.

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