September 28th, 2012 | By admin
by Katt Anderson
Everyone has a treasure, one thing we value greatly. Your treasure may be your car, your home, or your bank account. Our forefathers treasured the freedom to worship as they thought was right. Freedom was their treasure. What’s your treasure?
Freedom should be on the top of the list. Americans value the freedom of many things. We have the freedom to write this blog. Freedom to express beliefs in the Bible. Freedom to teach others about Christ. This freedom should be held dear. Freedom should not be taken away from us. This sets us apart from other countries, and people want to come here to enjoy this freedom.
Freedom of religion should be very important. Freedom from being persecuted when we worship God. Freedom to worship God publicly, and as many times a day or week as we want to. Freedom to associate with other Christians.
What if these freedoms were taken away? What would you do? Would you accept them and do nothing, or would you go to prison for your beliefs, even to death? Would your faith be as strong as the early Christians or as the apostle Paul?
Stop a minute and put yourself in this situation. Every Bible you own is stripped from your possession. The churches are boarded up and padlocked. People cannot associate to worship God. If you try to worship, you’re taken to jail. If you do not deny God, you are killed. The only knowledge you have of the Bible is what you remember. These were your treasures, and they have been taken. There is no way to get the treasures back. The things you hold dear.
Would the above scenario scare you? Would you start living better if you thought this could happen? Would you fight to keep these freedoms alive?
You answer most likely is a big “Yes.” Begin by enjoying these freedoms more. Christ gave us freedom from our sins. He died for us on the cross that we might be free from sins. Christians have fought for freedom for centuries. Many have died because they were Christians.
Think about your treasures. Let me tell you what mine are.
- Freedom to worship God. When this freedom is gone, so is our country as we know it.
- Freedom to read the Bible. Without the Bible, we have no way to study God’s Word and to teach others. It could be taught by memory, but the written Word is much better.
- Freedom to be with my family. Family is one of the biggest treasures a person can have. We need the family to lean on, whether it is our blood family, or our Christian family.
- Freedom to write as we feel is necessary. Whether it’s this blog, a book, or a newspaper; we need this freedom to express ourselves.
- Freedom to vote as we see best. No one should ever tell you how to vote in any election. Voting should be a personal thing and a conviction.
Our freedoms are taken for granted, and we no longer treasure them. The freedom of speech is taken advantage of. Lately, it’s a freedom to say untruths against another person. That is not freedom of speech. We are warned in Galatians 5:13 to . . . not use liberty as a opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Don’t take advantage of your treasure of freedom.