“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” –Judges 17:6
What confusion! I have never seen anything quite like it. The circular intersection around the Arc de’ Triumph in Paris is a place where cars and motor scooters converge on what appears to be an eight-laned “round-a-bout.” Traffic simply inches along with horns blaring and passions flaring. There are no stop lights or traffic cops to bring order to this chaos of vehicles. There is one positive note to all of this: No one was breaking the law – there was no law!
Back in the days before Israel had a king, a similar situation prevailed. Although they had God’s law, people ignored it and did what was right in their own eyes. What a bitter price they paid for such freedom! The book of Judges tells of their disobedience, which resulted in oppression by pagan neighbors.
Still today, many people, and even some professing Christians, ignore God’s clear revelation of Himself in His Word. They think they are free to form their own ideas of what God is like and what He expects. Strongly influenced by a godless culture, they live at the center of their own little world and walk in their own ways. That creates moral and spiritual chaos.
Many today in the Christian culture cry, “legalism!” when they are confronted with the moral and spiritual demands of God found in His Word. Seeking to justify one’s rebellious lifestyle by claiming freedom through the grace of God is an affront to God! How dare we use the goodness and grace of a holy God as an excuse to remain in our sins! God forbid!
Who rules your life? Who owns your life? 1 Corithians 6:19-20 says, Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
Biblical freedom is not freedom to do what you want. It is the freedom and power to do what God wants. We must take God’s Word and Will seriously if we are to show our world that Christ gives us the freedom to do what is right. I must say it again, freedom doesn’t give us the right to do as we please, but to do what pleases God.