As we drove down one of the streets I noticed that decorations for the Fourth of July were up. It reminded me of the freedom we value in our country. As Americans we are proud of our freedom— the ability to basically say or do whatever we want.
Even our children know this type of freedom— for the most part, they are told that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. Whenever we tell our second son to do something, he says, jokingly, “I do what I want!”
Having no freedom can be tough. I think about the time when I was in basic training—someone else determined when I woke up and when I went to sleep. I ate when I was told to eat and even though I did not feel like exercising, I had to run or do other activities when I was told to do so.
When I completed basic training and I was at my second training site, I had more freedom—I could stay up late on the weekends and I was able to wear “civilian clothing” at the end of the day. It was great!
I then thought about a passage from the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 10:23 it says, ““I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive” (NIV). The New Living Translation states, “You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you…” (1 Cor 10:23a).
Having freedom is wonderful, but having freedom doesn’t really mean that I should do whatever I want to do. For example, I have the freedom to say whatever I want to say but if my words are going to hurt someone then why say it?
I have to remember the “B.C.G”— is what I want to say or do “beneficial,” “constructive,” and “good”? If not, then I shouldn’t say it or do it even though I have the freedom (or the “right”) to do so.