I am rather concerned about the prevailing trend in society that what we all want – need is more freedom .

Freedom to have time -because we use a certain vacuum cleaner, we will have more time to do what we want . to do what we want Advertisements and websites tell us we can have the freedom to sell our car, buy another one ,get insurance- for everything – without moving from our chair. We should have  freedom of speech to say anything we like however damaging to someone else. A woman – with a Samsung phone, can exercise on the streets at 2am in her nightie. We should have complete sexual freedom – to be whatever gender we choose; live entirely in way we think suits us. I keep hearing of young people who do not seem to understand that having a job, earning money to live, means you cannot do exactly as you want with your day.

All these things are sold as our right to have freedom .

And yet we weep to see what is happening to oppress Ukraine ( and how would I judge freedom for those people).

So, what does freedom mean to you?

Its easy to take for granted the fact that we have secure places, homes towns country,  to live in, sufficient to eat ,to enjoy days or holidays out. It may be to be able to walk among greenery, go to church, vote for whom you choose. Access to health care , education ,and a system for justice for all (though these three things are never perfect).

All these things ae important and when we remember that so many have not got these simple things.

The human rights act in Britain speaks of the right to life, freedom from slavery, education, assembly ,justice in law , and other things , but underpinning all of them is responsibility to respect others ,and help them to have those rights too.

Jesus went much further and showed that freedom is also a state of mind and heart  and ultimately a relationship with him belief in him.

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.            John 8 30-36

In the end its not even a matter of the “simple” things of life making you free, but knowing you have God in your life now and always – that is true freedom.

 [Janet Lawrence]