Am i a slave? (and to my own preferences?)
“Why should my freedom be judged by another person’s conscience?” (1 Corinthians 10:29) Although we have the freedom to make our own choices about our education and our career, we must remember that our freedom has limits and that all our decisions have consequences. That is why Paul said: “All things are permissible, but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things build up.” (1 Corinthians 10:23; footnote) So even though we have the freedom to make choices in personal matters, what we want is not the most important thing.
Some of us are blinded slaves…people here in the USA are celebrating supposed “freedom” when they don’t even realize/understand/comprehend/apprehend that they are NOT FREE!!…but rather enslaved by “false” religion, materialism/material things/possessions, nationalism, their own bellies/preferences, unhealthy habits (i.e. smoking, over-drinking/eating, addictions of every sort, and sin). Some are slaves to whims and trends and/or sport(s) or fashion(s)…various forms of entertainment. People slave away for credit card bills and mounting education bills and for various unmerciful, tyrannical bosses of one type of another. People slave for political parties/numerous-flawed-human ideologies.
Yeah, i am a slave…but i’ve chosen to slave for the True God of Freedom…(and of true compassion–Yahweh)…i privately dedicated my life to Him when i was 12…and publicly when i was 16…in 1985.
This past June 29, 2018…marked 33+ years of “Freedom”…of a life dedicated to the True God of Freedom! (This dedication has tremendously impacted my life positively in numerous ways unimagined by a twelve year old girl.)
Similarities of Modern-day USA and Ancient-Roman Empire…
THE early Christians lived in the Roman Empire, where people were very proud of the laws, system of justice, and freedom that they had. Yet, that powerful empire relied on slaves to do most of the hard work. At one point, about 1 out of every 3 people in the Roman Empire was a slave. Certainly, slavery and freedom were important subjects for the common people, including Christians.
Yes, this common girl, as well as most of us appreciate the importance of “freedom” but not all of us make (or have made) the necessary distinction(s) between “relative” and “absolute” or of “real” “true” freedom…from “false” freedom(s)…nor have some of us made courageous choices indicative of these “accurate” understandings.
The apostle Paul often wrote about freedom. But he was not trying to fix this world’s problems, which many people of that time wanted to do. Instead, Paul and his fellow Christians worked hard to teach people the good news of God’s Kingdom and to help them understand how precious the ransom sacrifice of Christ Jesus was. Paul told his fellow Christians where to find the Source of true freedom. He wrote: “Jehovah is the Spirit, and where the spirit of Jehovah is, there is freedom.”—2 Corinthians 3:17. [excerpted readings: Serve Jehovah The God of Freedom w 4/18]
Thinking about Noah & His Family…all humans trace/(our ancestry) back to them…
Think of what Noah and his family did. They lived in a violent and immoral world. But they did not get involved in the goals and activities of the people around them. They chose to stay busy doing the work Jehovah had given them to do. They built the ark, collected food for themselves and the animals, and warned others about the Flood. “Noah did according to all that God had commanded him. He did just so.” (Genesis 6:22) As a result, Noah and his family survived the end of that world.—Hebrews 11:7.
Using my free will to BUILD UP Others & myself…some past readings…
5 “All things are lawful; but not all things are advantageous,” noted the apostle Paul. He added: “All things are lawful; but not all things build up.” (1 Corinthians 10:23) Paul obviously did not mean that it is lawful to do things that God’s Word expressly condemns. Compared to the some 600 laws given to ancient Israel, there are comparatively few explicit commands regulating Christian life. Hence, many matters are left to individual conscience. A person who has made a dedication to Jehovah enjoys the freedom that results from guidance by God’s spirit. Having made the truth his own, a Christian follows his Bible-trained conscience and relies on God’s direction by holy spirit. This helps the dedicated Christian to determine what will “build up” and be “advantageous” for himself and others. He realizes that the decisions he makes will affect his personal relationship with God, to whom he is dedicated. [Living Up to Christian Dedication in Freedom w ’98]
Choices (based on accuracy (Biblical & other))…that build up and are advantageous (for myself and others)…enable True Freedom!:)
some further context IF needed…
July 4th, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.