Liberty

One area that sets us apart as an independent Christian Church is that we hold to the concept of “In essentials,
unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.” Where the Bible is clear, we are bound to the Scriptures.
Yet, in the many areas where the Bible doesn’t specifically address an issue, we have freedom to do as we think
best. I’m reading a book where several authors argue for various forms of church leadership. While the Bible
does speak about leadership and the roles of elders and deacons, the specific way leaders make decisions or
meet is not clearly spelled out by the Word.

If you spend much time online these days, you will quickly run into people who have very firm opinions about
everything under the sun, and think you are a horrible person if you don’t agree in every minute detail. Whether
it’s the food we eat, environmental issues, how we spend our free time, schooling our children, or any other host
of issues, we should always see what Scripture does have to say about the topic, though very wise Christians
may disagree about specific applications in those examples. Then, after understanding what God’s word says,
we have freedom to act within those boundaries. Yet in all things we must show love to others.
 
The little quote in the beginning of this devotion covers so many issues with fantastic wisdom. If you are
wrestling with something that the Bible speaks clearly about (like cheating on your spouse, jealousy, or
attending church services), then we are only left with one option, God’s Word. If you are struggling with
renting or buying a home, or what TV show to watch, or how to raise your children, there are certainly biblical
principles that must be considered, but most of those are generally non-essentials, giving you freedom to choose
a variety of options. Lastly, whatever your choice in any area, if it’s not a loving choice that considers the needs
of people around you, it’s the wrong choice. Love never fails.