16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (I Peter 2:16).
The United States Declaration of Independence begins with these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Many American citizens, among them many Christians, believe that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means doing whatever we want to do not matter the consequences. This is not what the Founding Fathers meant, nor is it what the Apostle Peter means in I Peter 2:16.
In living as people who are free, God calls us to live responsibly before Him and other people. This means doing what God says is right, even when it is inconvenient. This is true, biblical liberty!
Besides this, we should never allow our freedom in Christ to be a covering for evil. A cover-up means a pretext or a hiding of one’s true nature. In this case, an evil nature. Believers in Christ are to be sincere people of integrity and not pretenders.
Ultimately, our freedom in Christ is always under the authority of God our Master. This is what is meant by liberty; always doing what is right because it is the right thing to do.
I Corinthians 4:12-13 says, “and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.”
Living for Christ, as I have already stated numerous times, is never easy. Sometimes it’s downright difficult. However, it is always rewarding to sense God’s pleasure for doing what He says is the right thing to do. As God’s servants, may we make it our aim to please the Master. May we do so today.
Soli deo Gloria!