Freedom and Boundaries
July 14, 2018 @ 10:07 AM by: Blenheim Baptist
Some cry, “We want FREEDOM!”, inferring freedom with no boundaries. Others cry, “We want BOUNDARIES!”, inferring boundaries with no freedom.
Both extremes are dangerous. I prefer the wisdom of having boundaries that give me freedom.
Consider the freedom that comes when we:
- set boundaries on our eating habits
- obey the boundaries determined by the rules of the road
- have boundaries between property lines
- set boundaries when raising our children
True love sets boundaries that guide and protect. Like a good parent, the Living God loves us enough to set boundaries; He does not want us to hurt ourselves.
“Honor your father and mother” rightly teaches respect for authority. “Do not commit adultery” protects marriages. “Do not covet” guards against lust, or debt. “Do not steal” keeps us from hurting others, and ourselves. How vast is God’s love for us that He should state The Ten Commandments.
Every choice has a consequence “for better or for worse”. The Scriptures state, “The wages of sin is death.” - ALWAYS. Dr. James MacDonald restates this reality, “Choose to SIN, choose to SUFFER.” There is a cost for stepping over God’s boundaries.
Conversely, the Apostle James states, “The man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” (1:25)
What freedom I have as I obey the God’s rules for life’s road! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…He who ignores discipline despises himself.” (Proverbs 9:10; 15:32)
Obeying what God says involves recognizing that ‘boundaries’ bring ‘freedom’ to living. I fear our nation, as great as it is, will lose its freedom because it continues to push God’s boundaries. Increasingly it is governed by, “What are my RIGHTS?” rather than, “What is RIGHT?”, as clearly stated by God Himself.
As we sing, “God keep our land glorious and free…” this Canada Day Weekend, we need to bow to the ‘boundaries’ of God’s Holy Word in order to preserve freedom.
“Are you with me?”
Pastor Bill Terris
Blenheim Baptist Church
June 27th 2018