In July 2020, 17,000 people marched in Berlin to protest government restrictions in response to COVID. They protested issues from social distancing to the compulsory wearing of masks in public spaces. Some carried placards saying, ‘We are making a noise because you are stealing our freedom!’ and ‘Do think! Don’t wear a mask!’ Reuters reported a protester even saying, “The mask that enslaves us must go.”
While I personally do not like the restrictions placed on me, I am happy to give up my freedoms for the benefit of others. Sacrificial giving is noble. Yet, when something is freely given then no freedom is lost. This type of giving is not new to the Christian.
The Lord Jesus gave His life freely that we might be free,
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
“So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36).
The Apostle Paul gave many things up for others; from meals to marriage.
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? …Do we not have the right to eat and drink? Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? …For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. (1 Corinthians 9)
We are called to sanctify our freedom; to use it in service of God.
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him… Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2)
The world has corrupted freedom by keeping it self-centred and self-serving. Let’s show our family and friends another way – the way of Christ!