Yesterday was the lighthouse and Zoe joint. At the joint we had talked about worship. It came out that worship is an act of freedom. And we discussed that thought. Bambi, who was leading the study, had talked about how many non-Christians view the religious life to be very restraining. We have all these rules– laws, and we can’t do a lot of things. However– in a video that Bambi showed, Matt Maher called worship an act of freedom and why would he say such a thing? She went further and talked about how how we, as Christians, and they, as non-Christians define freedom differently. We had a talk about what freedom meant to us as Christians. I don’t remember everyone’s answer, but I had given it a lot of thought and I came to my own thoughts. I just wish to share these thoughts with you.
We, as humans are bound by sin. We’re enslaved by it and we’re shackled. From the moment we were born we bore our ancestor’s sin.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23.
We were never truly free. However, Jesus Christ died upon the cross, then he rose again to defeat sin, and he did. He set us free. Now, what I had thought about is… If we sin, are we still free? And well, no we aren’t. The moment we sin, we’re entangled by weeds and thorns– we’re shackled and pulled back down. But, when we ask God for forgiveness, he will forgive us, and free us once again. And so, here’s my question, “Is it truly okay for us to remain in sin?” The answer should be pretty obvious. If we’re living for God, we need to be righteous. We have to take up after God, and reflect his character. Of course– we can’t do this alone. The hole spirit helps us. And yes, I understand that we’re humans, and we’re imperfect. We’re bound to sin. However, what I’m talking about is those Christians that say, “Oh… well, I’ll sin and then I’ll ask God to forgive me later.” Next, I’ll tell you why that’s the wrong way to go.
When we apologize for sinning, we are to be sincere for it. We know that we might mess up again, and we know that it might be inevitable– but if you apologize knowing that you’ll do it again tomorrow because you like to do it, that’s not what God is looking for. God asked us to repent he didn’t ask us to just say ‘sorry’ halfheartedly and then continue with our ways. Repentance is the act of completely turning away from the sin and actively trying to prevent yourself from doing it again. This means removing some things in your life that might lead you to sin. For example, listening to music with curses in it will get you used to hearing– and quite possibly saying those words. Of course– I’m not saying that repentance is something we do on our own. You need God in this act, but God can only do so much, if you don’t want to change, what can God do? He gave us free will and he isn’t one to step on us and use tyranny to control us.
So… my point is, did God free us just so we could sin again and then ask for forgiveness? No. So, don’t expect that you can “sin now and just be forgiven later.” If your apology isn’t sincere, it isn’t repentance. I have to admit though, I have to work on actively repenting as well…
Other Scripture Used:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:11
Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover up for evil; live as servants of God. – 1Peter 2:16