Responsible Freedom: A Nation Inspired by Christ

Responsible Freedom: A Nation Inspired by Christ

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” ~Psalm 33:12

This land is a land of blessing! I am truly humbled by the many good things in my life. My college sweetheart and I just celebrated 27 years of marriage. I am blessed with beautiful daughters and amazing Labradors. One of our family favorites is to pile into the Jeep and go camping or enjoy an off-road excursion. We are a family that realizes the American dream is alive and kicking.

The American dream is manifest today because of a people, settlers, who came fleeing religious persecution in search of a new home where they could worship their God as they thought best. The result of these Pilgrim’s efforts is visible to any who would open their eyes and look. A short 248 years later, we received this great inheritance, a land that God truly blessed!

The Pilgrims and the founding fathers of this great nation were predominantly Christian. The God they worshiped was the God of the Bible, eternally revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These forefathers dreamed of a nation of fairness and justice, a nation awash with liberty and moral clarity. They lived the lives necessary to establish a nation that would impact future generations with the freedom that Christ offers, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (Gal. 5:1 NASB).”

To keep this nation great, and to keep it abiding in the freedom of Christ, let us consider actions of responsible kingdom living with which we can engage to influence our world.

Christ has changed every man who has called upon His name. When the blood of Christ washes a man’s sin and shame away, that man’s very nature and essence change. Now, the changed man is called upon to serve the Lord and His kingdom as a due and necessary response to his changed nature. The redeemed man should exhibit the gospel of Jesus Christ lived out and applied to the manifold problems and activities of life. Micah 6:8 tells us what the Lord requires, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” In a world where might makes right, and success is often seen as the only virtue, The man and woman of God are called upon to love mercy and to walk humbly with their God. Kingdom living requires the man and woman of God to act out the Gospel in their day-to-day lives, as justice and mercy are the fruit of a transformed life, fruit which should be readily visible.

The freedom we enjoy in America is a precious gift, but it is also a significant responsibility. Galatians 5:13 reminds us, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” We must use our freedom to serve others, advocate for the oppressed, and share the love of Christ. This includes being informed and active citizens. Engaging in the political process, voting, and holding our leaders accountable are ways we can steward our freedom responsibly. Additionally, we should strive to create a society where all people are treated with dignity and respect, reflecting the love and justice of God.

Believers are uniquely positioned to influence our nation for God’s kingdom. By recognizing the blessings we’ve received and living for His kingdom, we can promote kingdom living, which, in turn, will promote the Gospel and the call for freedom-responsible living. May we continually seek God’s guidance and strength as we endeavor to be faithful servants in this land of opportunity. Let us remember the words of Psalm 33:12 and strive to be a nation whose God is the Lord, shining His light in a world in need of hope and redemption.

About the Author

Bob Rush
Pastor, First Baptist Church Solvang

Dr. Paul “Bob” Rush is the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Solvang. He did his undergraduate work at California Baptist University and Gateway Seminary and earned his Doctorate from Liberty University's School of Divinity. He has been married to Julie for 27 wonderful years, and together they have two daughters, Kaitlin and Heather. Bob is a practitioner of Judo, a lover of Labradors and a servant of Jesus Christ.

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