THE GIFT OF LIBERTY
By Doug Tjaden
January 17, 2014
For the majority of Christian Americans, the idea of liberty is like a comfortable sweater, hand made by their grandmother and given to them for Christmas when they were ten years old. It is something once known and cherished, but no longer missed in its absence. Its occasional memory is sufficient to make them feel good.
For others, it is like stories of heroic grandeur. Something once heard of and desired, but after reflection, viewed as given a greater value than is due. Having never tasted the thrill of living heroically, the emptiness of life absentthe experience does not seem so dreary. In fact, the comfort of a rather safe, and ordinary existence is viewed as a superior to living on the edge with abandon and passion.
Yet it is when we are passionate that we feel most alive! As Christians, that passion should be to share the gift of freedom that Jesus came to bestow upon mankind.
The Importance of Christian Liberty
There are many themes that can be drawn out of the deep waters of the Holy Bible. It contains everything from the practical application of how to deal with life’s simple struggles, to the expansive awe of a God who can simultaneously communicate with billions of people at one time. Yet of all the themes of the Bible, three stand out above all the others. They are woven throughout the entire Old and New Testaments. They work together to define the broadest context of how we are to live our lives.
The first of these is God’s love. It is through His love that the entirety of history was written. His love moved Him to create us, and to invite us to be in relationship with Him. Because of His love, the second theme of the Bible revealed. That being His plan of salvation. He loved us enough to give us His only Son, that we might be able to spend eternity with Him and witness forever His glorious power and majesty.
And through His Son, the third major theme of the Bible is declared.
Early in Jesus’ ministry, in His home town of Nazareth, he went to a synagogue and proclaimed His purpose for coming to this earth, as He quoted from Isaiah chapter 61.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19
The message of liberty is the central theme in Jesus’ proclamation:
“He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor”: To
set us free spiritually (Romans 1,6,7,8 et. al.).
• “To heal the brokenhearted”: To set us free emotionally.
• “To proclaim liberty to the captives”: To set us free from bondage.
• “And recovery of sight to the blind”: To set us free to see the world as it really is.
• “To set at liberty those who are oppressed”: To set us free from tyranny.
Ah, the gift of liberty!
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If we as Christians can grasp the message of liberty, and what it truly means to us, the darkness that seems to be spreading like an irresistible force will be stopped dead in its tracks. The light of Christ that resides in each of us will indeed begin to shine again. And as Scripture tells us, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Liberty! Hunger for it. It is a gift from Jesus that Christians have been poor stewards of for far too long.God can use His church to reclaim this nation’s civil liberties, but only if Christians begin to walk in the fullness of the spiritual liberty granted to them by Christ.
(An excerpt from Doug’s upcoming book “Living in Christian Liberty”)
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Doug Tjaden is founder and Executive Director of the Christian Liberty Project. He is the author of “Fool’s Gold - How The Traditions of Men Have Replaced God’s Honest Money”, and is a regular speaker for the Tenth Amendment Center’s Nullify Now! tour. Doug also co-hosts the second hour of The Gun Show, with Matt Canovi, on KSGF, in Springfield, Missouri.
Doug spends his time and energy fighting to re-establish honest money through state led initiatives, and to awaken and engage the Christian community to fight for our spiritual, civil, and economic liberty. He regularly blogs at dougtjaden.com.