I discovered the following on the back of a church bulletin in a box I was cleaning out. It was written by a former pastor of our family’s, Jesse L. Boyd, for whom our son, Jesse, was named.
Are Your Free?
One of the frequent cries of our day is, “I want to be free.” Well, what is freedom? It is not the living of life without restraints of law.
It is not licentiousness or immorality, because their slimy arms can soon wrap us up in their dark and dismal prison-house of suffering.
It is not the lack of government, but rather the privilege of having the right of freely enjoying one’s own government.
It is true Americanism: founded on the Holy Bible, bequeathed to us by our forefathers, and symbolized in Old Glory — The Star-Spangled Banner — “Oh, long may it wave o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”
It is the privilege of spending one’s treasure, of spilling one’s blood, and of being prompted by the spirit of liberty to stand against despotism and tyranny.
It is liberty and loyalty combined.
It is the enjoyment of civil and religious liberty.
It is the title to justice.
It is living as one should; no wicked man lives as he should, therefore, he is never free.
It is having full mastery over all matter.
Freedom ends where tyranny begins.
It comes by mastering one’s self.
It comes through knowing the truth. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
It comes through receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1, NAS). “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
Freedom is that which one receives from God in the new birth. Man cannot govern himself, because, when all restraints are taken away, then evil dethrones him. He can only find rest (soul rest; freedom) in the arms of Jesus Christ. Are you free?