‘Use freedom wisely, spread freedom widely’

Lately, I’ve migrated back somewhat to Twitter, though I’ve not left off the open-source alternatives. As I was adding a new feed today, there was no good list that it fit, so I created a new one: “Freedom, Free Enterprise.” In the space for the description of the list, I wrote the phrase: “Use freedom wisely, spread freedom widely.” (That’s original with me, BTW; you can tell I’m proud of it.)

In the Twitter list, the phrase applies in political, religious, and economic terms. But it probably rose from my biblical background (like this article, “You are free“) and its best application remains there.

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5.13 NET

Here lies the basis for the first part of my phrase, “Use freedom wisely.” Not for selfish purposes, neither “as a pretext for evil” 1 Peter 2.16. We have been freed to serve the Lord, not ourselves. Hence, its use calls for wisdom (see 1 Cor 10).

For the second part of the phrase, Luke’s application of Isaiah’s prophecy to Jesus is most appropriate, only one part of which we include here,

“He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives.”
Luke 4.18 ESV.

Since Jesus’ mission is also ours, we also proclaim this liberty to people enslaved by sin. Paul knew that this freedom came through the proclamation of the crucified Christ, Galatians 3.1; 5.1, 11. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom” 2 Corinthians 3.17, and the Spirit is received by hearing and believing the gospel.

If we prize freedom in Christ, we will desire it for others and work by way of proclamation (i.e., speaking) to bring it to them.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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