WHEN CHRISTIAN FREEDOM BECOMES LIBERTY
Before you read this sermon, I want you to ask yourselves these questions:
If you would not come to church today, how can you show/prove that you are still a Christian? In what ways?
Did you know that some freedoms are abused?
Is it possible for Christianity’s freedom to be abused?
Have you ever used a right thing in the wrong way?
A little bit of salt on a course is fine, but a spoon-full of salt could not give a very satisfying taste.
Spraying perfume makes you smell good, but pouring out a whole lot of perfume would not give you a pleasant smell.
These scenarios applies to what we call “A Christian’s freedom”
So, to answer the question, “Is it possible for Christianity’s freedom to be abused?” YES, it is possible!
What is freedom?
the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
All people have liberty in different ways. As for us Christians, we have that what we call “Christian’s freedom.” We can have fun but with limits and obligations, in accordance to the will of our Lord.
Well, what is liberty?
It is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views.
To take care of our own liberty, we must take note of these three things:
Christian freedom becomes liberty when we harm our fellow believers (Romans 14:13-15)
We must not harm our fellow believers.
How? We must not judge others. Not all believers have the same freedom as ours.
DON’T HARM YOUR FELLOW BELIEVERS WITH YOUR OWN FREEDOM.
Everybody is facing different trials and have different limitations in a certain situation that God has given them. Instead of judging them, let us help them.
Remember this. Your life could either be an encouragement or a stumbling block. So, are you willing to be an encouragement to others or are you going to be the first one to discourage them?
Stop judging other believers with your OPINIONS. Just stop. Nobody is perfect, but each and every one of us is trying to be the best we can be with the help of our Creator.
Let’s stop picking out on our brothers and sisters about their flaws and their not-so-pleasing personalities. FOCUS ON YOUR OWN CHARACTER! WAKE UP!
Stop saying “This is me!” or “This is who I am! You can’t change me!”
NO! If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Yes, people can’t change you, but God can.
2. Christian freedom becomes liberty when we harm our own testimonies. (Romans 14:16-18)
We must not harm our own testimonies.
Say, you are a Christian for 20 years and you, by far. have one of the best testimonies ever testified in your church. But, if you showed something that may not complement your testimony, or could harm your very own testimony, other people would not find it convincing to be a part of God’s family. You could lose others’ views in you, and yourself along with your testimony.
Have you ever wondered why sometimes you couldn’t rebuke a friend in doing something wrong?
There plenty of reasons enough to fill a 1 whole sheet of paper. Maybe because you have no rights, you are not in the position to tell them they are wrong, or you might offend them.
OR PROBABLY, you’re doing the same thing. Ironic, isn’t it? We have such great testimonies but sometimes we forget to live our lives right because we think that we are superior to those who have none. By doing this, we are harming our own testimonies.
Being a Christian does not mean you have the privilege to sleep on a bed of roses. Being a Christian is climbing the thorns of the stem of a rose in your whole lifetime. Reaching the actual rose is being with God. So remember, we may face different challenges ahead of us, but let us not lose our faith. To do this, we must not harm our testimonies. It is what we can hold on. It is our memory of what God did to us.
Never think that “It’s okay, I’ll be only affecting my own testimony, not others.”
That is wrong, my friend.
Once you do something that is not right to the eyes of God, you aren’t only affecting your own testimony but also others’. Why? Because you believe in the same God. Non-believers would think “Oh, so that is how Christians live their lives.”
Everyone is affected.
3. Christian freedom becomes liberty you bring harm to your church. (Romans 14:19-23)
Don’t harm your church.
Harming your fellow brothers and harming your testimony results to harming your church.
Don’t harm your church because you are putting the Lord’s name at sake. Our priority should build up the church, our unity, and most importantly, build up Jesus Christ.
Our main goal is to bring the church to the whole nation, because God is the owner. If we harm our church, we are not fulfilling our mission in this secular world.
Our goal is to achieve peace and unity (or build up the church)
If it is not promoting the church, do not pursue it.
God wants everybody to be a part of His church. So, we must focus on our goal.
This is how Christian freedom becomes liberty.
CHRISTIAN FREEDOM CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE ABUSED.
Scripture reading: Romans 14:13-23