Embracing the Freedom and Liberty of Christianity
Consider the image of the mighty bald eagle, delicately perched on the edge of a towering cliff, wings spread wide against the open sky. A gust of wind playfully ruffles its feathers, beckoning it to take flight. With a courageous leap, the bird soars into the boundless expanse. Unfettered by earthly ties, it enjoys a degree of freedom and liberty few creatures experience. This is a poignant illustration of the spiritual liberty offered to us through Christianity.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
In the New Testament, the book of Galatians powerfully declares the liberty that Christ grants. This isn’t a freedom endorsing an uncontrolled life without consequences. Rather, it’s a liberation from the crippling weight of sin and the freedom to choose righteousness, to choose God. It’s the liberty to grow beyond our inherent limitations, to reflect our Heavenly Father’s divine attributes.
In the Book of Mormon, we encounter Captain Moroni, a staunch defender of his people’s liberties. He wasn’t solely concerned with preserving political independence but was driven by a desire to protect their right to worship God and adhere to His commandments. His stirring declaration, immortalized as the Title of Liberty, focused on the deep connection between liberty and their faith in God.
“And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.” (Alma 46:12)
This concept is foundational to our Christian faith. The freedom Christ offers us breaks the chains of sin, allowing us to pursue a life steeped in righteousness. Christian liberty isn’t about the absence of all constraints. It is the ultimate form of self-government—freedom to choose the path of righteousness over wickedness, the choice of love over hatred, and the decision to forgive instead of harboring resentment.
As we strive to emulate Christ and faithfully adhere to His teachings, we align ourselves with the bird perched on the cliff’s edge, ready to ascend to the heights of spiritual potential. Christian liberty becomes our launch pad, offering us the freedom to rise above our mortal weaknesses, experiencing joy and peace that transcend mortal comprehension.
Moreover, the liberty we have in Christ frees us from the bondage of regret and past mistakes. It enables us to move forward with hope and confidence, knowing that our past does not dictate our future. It provides us the freedom to change, to grow, and to continually strive to become more like our Savior.
As Christians, we are gifted the freedom to become our best selves, transformed through the redeeming love and mercy of our Savior. Just as the bird is free to navigate the skies, we are free to navigate our spiritual journey, unencumbered by the burdens of sin.