Dearly Beloved Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves; 1 Peter 2:16 NIV
After a long and hard struggle, India achieved independence from the British on August 15, 1947. Gandhi through his life and writings (The India of My Dreams) spoke of India as, “the land of duty not the land of enjoyment.” His dream was an India that was “free and strong so that for the betterment of the world at large, she may offer herself a willing and voluntary sacrifice.” We all know that Gandhi was greatly influenced by the teachings of Jesus Christ. Just like Christ, he saw freedom not as the right to do whatever a person wanted but the obligation to do what was needed for others.
True freedom is when we chose to worship and praise God for all that God has done for us. When Moses went to Pharaoh he was told by God to say, “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord; Israel is my firstborn son. I said to you, “Let my son go that he may worship me. (Exodus 4:22-23a)” The Israelites were led out of the land of slavery and into the Promise Land not just for the material benefits but to have the right relationship with God and with other people. In a similar manner we have to view our freedom as an opportunity to have the right relationship with God and with others.
True freedom includes spiritual freedom. The spiritual freedom and sees an individual as a slave of God and a servant to others.
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Rev. Shibi Abraham