Fireworks, Freedom, and Faithfulness

Religion & Faith * By Alyssa Kear

Alyssa Kear is the Executive Director and co-founder of The JMAK. She specializes in childhood education and writes primarily about spiritual life and productivity with a focus on introspection and self-growth. She is a sophomore at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Political freedom is only one aspect of holistic liberty, and maybe a very small one to that end.

“[The] freedom we have is the opportunity to find new life in Jesus by following His word. Freedom is faithfulness.”

Every July, we eat hotdogs, watch parades, and view spectacular fireworks in the sky to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence many years ago. We celebrate the initial freedom that the American colonies had from Great Britain’s rule. Freedom is surely something to celebrate. 

Freedom in the geopolitical sense is great, but only on the macro level. What about people’s hearts, minds, souls? Is there freedom to be discovered there? 

Yes! There is freedom found in Jesus. This freedom is rooted in God’s absolute and perfect love for us. He loves us so much that He decided to take the burdens and effects of our sins upon himself by sending His son Jesus to the cross to die a criminal’s death. By doing so, He liberated our souls from the crushing hold of our sinful nature. As Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” 

Being free, in this sense, does not mean the capability to go wild for our fleshly desires or to do whatever we want without penalty. Actually, this freedom means quite the opposite. Freedom found in Jesus means life that is “free from the law of sin and death” because of the price Jesus paid for us (Romans 8:2). Because of God’s work of sending His son to spare our very souls, we are called to be obedient to Him. Being obedient to God means going against our sinful human nature – called our “flesh” in scripture – which has the potential for us to make dangerous and destructive decisions.

Freedom is gained by escaping the bondage of worldly masters.

I think it is so important to note that while writing about freedom in Christ, Paul mentions “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24). So in actuality, this freedom we have is freedom from being stuck in our sins and being condemned to death. This freedom we have is the opportunity to find new life in Jesus by following His word. Freedom is faithfulness. 

We must be careful, however, because this freedom that Christ has provided for us is not something to misuse or take lightly. Multiple writings in the New Testament make it clear that the freedom we have as Christians is not to be used to “indulge the flesh” but is to be used to “serve one another in love” (Gal 5:13). Though we have the physical ability to do anything with our freedom in America and in Christ, “not everything is beneficial” or “constructive”; what is beneficial is doing all we do for God’s glory and seeking the good of others (1 Cor 10:23-24, 31). 

I hope we make the choice to find freedom. Only in the Father is true, eternal freedom found. God assures us that there is so much more for us than the sins that hold us down. Now feel free to go light some fireworks. Take time to celebrate what Jesus has done for you!