There are two kinds of freedom.
Freedom from allows life without oppression, injustice, tyranny, abuse, or violence. Freedom from insures my right to live my life as I wish as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights of others.
Freedom to is about opportunity to serve, to use my gifts, to make a difference in the world.
I think Galatians 5:1 refers to freedom to.
Freedom from, it seems, places the focus on me and my rights. Freedom from is worldly freedom.
Freedom to is about what’s right. It’s about sacrifice and service.
Interesting to note that Jesus willingly sacrificed freedom from. He invites us to join Him on the journey of freedom to for which He died.
But let’s never forget that God values worldly justice for the oppressed, the poor, and the marginalized.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)
Seems to me that social justice happens when those who understand freedom to deploy it, regardless of consequences, to ensure everyone’s access to freedom from.
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