• Subscribe
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
July 03, 2016

Ep.925: Freedom and Responsibility – Still Important?

Assessing responsibility to freedom on Independence Day

If you do not have a password, please subscribe to our FREE Premium Content for the Full Edition version of CQ Rewind. The welcome message will contain your password, and a reminder will be sent each week when the CQ Rewind is available online for you to read, print, or download.

CHAPTERS

[00:14:21]
When and where in history was humankind most free?


[00:33:00]
Where and how can freedom go wrong?


[01:02:49]
Is there a silver lining to the consequences of irresponsibility?


[01:18:40]
How do we stay true and responsible for our freedom and opportunities?


Theme Scripture: Genesis 1:28

We are blessed. We live in a country where freedom of speech and assembly are a given – a country where we can choose who to worship and how we accomplish that worship. We live in a country where we can apply ourselves, work hard and attain levels of success that are not only rare, they are unheard of in many other places. We live in America and we have the freedoms we currently enjoy because of the wisdom and sacrifice of the countless patriots who founded our country long ago. As we pause over the 4th of July weekend to celebrate their efforts and succes, we also want to pause to look long and hard at our present interpretation of freedom. Have we lost our way when it comes to the privilege of living in freedom and assuming the necessary responsibilities that are inherent to it? Is our freedom here in America on borrowed time?

Continue Reading

Understanding freedom is a tricky thing.  If you asked the average person  you see everyday what freedom is, we all know that you would get a variety of answers.  If you tracked the answers by age brackets, I think you would find (my opinion here) that our youngest adults – those in their 20’s and early 30’s would lean towards answering the question with a "freedom means being able to do what you want" kind of a statement.  They are essentially saying that freedom is self-directed.  But is it?

To truly understand the way freedom works best and produces its maximum results, we need to go back to the time when, well, when freedom was best.  That time was way back when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden and God dealt with them directly.  He blessed them with their environment and gave them dominion.  These gifts were the basis of how mankind’s free world was supposed to look.  It was a clean and fresh world in which they were given the authority to guide the growth of their pristine environment as they tended and nurtured it.  Adam and Eve truly were free!

Along with the breathtaking benefits God had given them, He also gave them guidelines.  These guidelines provided necessary boundaries for mankind’s freedom and dominion to operate within and they were simply and powerfully stated: This garden is all yours, but do not eat of a specific tree, or else you will suffer serious consequences.  These boundaries rounded out the defining qualities of freedom.

Mankind’s original freedom had immense benefits, built upon the unequivocal foundation of clearly stated responsibilities - take care of what you are given and respect the boundaries your Creator has set.  So, freedom as it was originally given was not simply “freedom with responsibility” it was actually “freedom because of responsibility.”  Now that is a major difference!

What are the implications of “freedom because of responsibility”?  Is our interpretation of freedom today on the same page, or do we not even know that that page exists?   Check out our July 3rd, 2016 broadcast, “Freedom and responsibility – Still Important?” and see not only where all of this leads us, but also see how to step up to freedom because you are responsible!

 

Watch Our Episode Preview


0 replies

Leave your comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Episodes

Easter resurrection
Inspiration

Can Jesus’ Resurrection Revive My Faltering Faith?

/
How the victory and love of Jesus forgave Peter’s failed faith
Passover deliverance from slavery
Doctrine

Why Should Christians Care About Israel’s Deliverance From Slavery?

/
Absorbing the profound lessons Israel's Passover teaches about Jesus
talents
Parable

What Am I Doing with What God Has Given Me?

/
Examining the responsibilities God gives us and how well we do them
influences, voices
Character

Whose Voices Are You Listening To?

/
Identifying what we hear, its affects and how to rise above the fray
free will
Doctrine

Do We Really Have Free Will?

/
Understanding the power of free will and why we have it
am I passionate or complacent
Character

Am I Passionate or Complacent About Jesus?

/
Understanding passion’s role and complacency’s danger in Christianity
reach out and connect
Character

How Can I Effectively Reach Out and Connect With Others?

/
Understanding vital tools that enhance personal communication
guilt
Character

How Can We Overcome Crushing Guilt?

/
Learning how to face, understand and conquer guilt and shame
How to Keep Jesus the center of Christmas
Inspiration

How Do We Keep Jesus at the Center of Christmas?

/
Gifts we share with key individuals from the time of Jesus' birth
how can we be thankful this year
Inspiration

How Can We Be Thankful After the Year We’ve Had?

/
Learning to access the power of God-driven gratitude
are we supporting the right leaders
Character

Are We Supporting the Right World Leaders?

/
Christian principles related to taking a political stand
what Jesus teaches us about money
Doctrine

What Did Jesus Teach Us About Money?

/
The uses, abuses, cautions and opportunities that money brings us