Freedom for many often means the absence of constraint and restriction, especially those which make you accountable to some kind of god. But, RZIM Asia-Pacific’s Alex Stark suggests we might not understand what that kind of abstract freedom entails: “Even if I’m free to do anything I choose, that doesn’t mean I’m free to do everything I want. There’s always a limitedness to being a human.” Hear more in today’s Take Five, “Freedom: How to Flourish,” as Alex shows us seeking freedom from God actually works to our own demise.
The freedoms we want, they often conflict, and so it’s practically impossible to say that freedom means the absence of constraints because we always have to choose between different constraints.
You can’t talk about what it means to be truly free unless you talk about what it means to be truly human. Only once you’ve done that can you say, “this freedom is more valuable than this freedom, and therefore I’m willing to implement these constraints over these constraints.”
None of us were created to be free from God. We were created to be sons and daughters of our heavenly Father.
Make it Personal
“There is always a limitedness to being a human.” How does our limitedness help to shape your understanding of the Christian life?
How do you flourish in a world that prizes freedom?