In two days, we are going to celebrate Independence Day.
My friends and acquaintances often ask me what brought me to this country. And without any hesitation my answer is: Freedom. However, I must confess that now enjoying this “outer” freedom, I often think of “inner” freedom. In my native country or any country, where some do not enjoy the former, the latter is often less thought of.
Here in the United States, sometimes I have asked my church congregation which of the two freedoms is more important. And that is the question today I would like to put before the readers for reflection.
Almost every person I ask has agreed that the “inner” freedom is more important because one cannot enjoy the “outer” freedom unless he/she has the inner freedom. Just look around yourself and if you happen to be one that does not enjoy the inner freedom, give a thought to the idea and see what good is it to live in a country that is free when you don’t have inner freedom.
A person with the outer freedom can still enjoy the inner, but not vice versa. In fact, a lot of people in their outer freedom hinder the path of inner freedom.
Against this apostle Paul warns us with these words: “For you were called for freedom, brother/sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather serve one another through love.” (Galatians 5: 13)
Here are some cases as an example for our reflection. Think of a drug addict, a liar, a cheater, a scam artist, a murderer, a person full of prejudice, living in guilt and fear, what good is it for such a person to have outer freedom when there is no peace or freedom inside?
I have met and heard people who lie about having a job or a boy/girl friend when in reality they don’t. Doesn’t that lie make them bound internally?
One may ask the question from where and how does one gain this inner freedom.
The answer comes from Jesus Christ, who lived a life of total inner freedom. He said: “….. and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32b). And that truth is Jesus Christ himself: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” he said. (John 14:6a)
Friends, check for yourself. Are you living a true free life with inner freedom? If not, seek to live in the truth that is Jesus Christ and experience the difference in your life.
May the Lord of all truth help us to seek it and live by it. Amen.