….for the house of the LORD last week. This week with the commemoration of those who have given their lives for our country, it is “Thankful for our Country.”  I AM thankful for our country. One only has to travel to another country once, to thank God for this land of the free. It should remind me of the freedom of the believer in Christ. This position of freedom in Christ is called ‘justification.’ It is the state of being declared righteous or without sin. Now, all of us know that we continue to struggle with the sin nature, but in Christ we are righteous or as sinless as Christ is. But that is not the total of justification; our record has been purged. We are completely accepted as a son of God or saint with all the rights and privileges of the Son, Jesus Christ. Of course, Jesus is God and God does not share that which is uniquely His, but we are partners with Him with no curse, bitterness, or record of shame to hang around our necks as a scarlet ‘A’ of the Scarlet Letter. This freedom in Christ or justification is to cause great motivation to do many righteous deeds in joy and excitement. It is true freedom to do right. ….”where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  Oh, the freeness and fullness, serenity and satisfaction in serving Jesus, the Righteous One!

Never has there been in the Biblical interpretation of freedom, the right to do as  pleased. This is a diabolical trick as old as the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve. No one, regardless of what they believe, has the right to do as they please. True freedom is not the right to do wrong. Definitions changed somewhere in the past years. We believe in the liberty of the saint. We also believe in the saint’s liberty to worship the God of the Bible. The Bible is the source book for that worship. Worshipping contrary to Biblical instructions is not freedom; but licentiousness—lacking legal or moral restraints or disregarding sexual restraints.

Somewhere and at sometime in history, these things began to change. Slowly licentiousness is becoming the accepted norm and Biblical freedom is considered the unpopular and even law breaking enemy.

It is good to see the exposure of sin here in America, but might I add, it should be just. The recent revelations do not include the root causes but rather the symptoms. Many are calling for certain actions to cease, but would continue to live in a society that encourages such actions. The temptations to sin need to be addressed as well as the one who has sinned. Sin needs to be named as sin. The temptations need to be named and there should be just as great a cry to cease the temptation as there is to cease the sin.

Here is the path of licentiousness; it leads to destruction of character. Someone cries “uncle,” but the path is still followed. Until Americans correct some false balances, licentious living will continue.

Proverbs 11:1-6 “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.   When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.  The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.  Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.  The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.  The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.”

James 1:14-16  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.   Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Although there are false balances in our land, I still thank God for America and thankful for Biblical freedom.