Freedom is prestigious. Prestige is a deception.
We think we are free when we are actually bound. When we say we are free to speak, we are bound by our words. Somehow our character slips out of the words we speak or type. Criticisms, corrections and counter arguments arise with our words making us liable and responsible for its consequences. The same goes with our freedom to act, think, learn or even practice a faith.
Freedom after all is not really what you expect it to be. Freedom is bound by responsibility. The bigger the freedom, the bigger the responsibility.
This lead me to think how freedom is actually a deception. Our belief that we need freedom, our belief that we need independence seems more like a hoax, a blinding desire, or a farce. What if we don’t really need freedom? what if we don’t really need independence? What if we don’t really know what those words mean? What if those concepts are just ways for us to feel good about ourselves and get lost in our own perverted reality?
Think about it?
The biggest mistakes you had ever made was when you got free of your parents grip. When you thought that you are finally free from that nagging mother or that super strict father, you will realize later on how much you really needed them. You will discover that you are a failure to manage your accounts, a failure to make meaningful relationships among others. You may have learned a lot from those failures and became a stronger person, but at one point or another you would realize that you needed someone – a friend, a professional, a sibling, or yiur parents – to help you somewhere along the way. You were never totally free after all. You were not as independent as you thought you would be.
Look at it another way, when Filipinos achieved independence from the Spaniards, a huge problem arose. Regionalism, when Spain or America was not in control, really brought us more strife, corruption and heart break. The fight for independence was hard but directing and managing an independent nation is harder. After more than a hundred years of achieving total control of our archipelago, the social diseases back then were never different from now. The same breed of greed, corruption and poverty abound with only a different cast in each generation. Is this really freedom? It seems that we were never any different then than we are now.
For humanity, freedom and independence are actually illusions. The moment our fore parents ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, we exercised our freedom to choose for ourselves. Guess where that lead us: sin. We tend to chose the wrong things instead of the right things. We tend to stray away from our supposed path when we are shown the clear road. We tend to give in to various temptations when we know too well which is right and wrong. Freedom, in the hands of man, is a road to sin.
“They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”
2 Peter 2:19 ESV
We are how we drive, when given the reigns to our own life. We tend to swerve and take side trips that often leads us to lose sight of our original destination. We seem to have a firm grasp on what we need – happiness, success, satisfaction – whatever you may want to call it; yet we fail to steer the wheel to the straight road towards our destination.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
I guess it is better therefore to take God into our driver seat and let him drive. Perhaps it is better to deny our independent selves and let our lives depend on the one who would guide us to the straight path. In the first place that is what God wanted us to do. God gave us freedom not because we need it but because He loved us so much He doesn’t want to take control of our decisions. Yet, He hoped that our decision is to give our whole lives to Him. He wanted you to decide whether you would rather take charge of your life or depend on Him.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Galatians 5: 13 ESV
After all, He is a better Master. He does not exploit you and would want only the best for you. Sure, you may not get what you want all the time, but what you would get from Him is always more than what you wanted. All you have to do is to quit struggling for control, and give your life over to Him.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.””
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV