...is just another word for nothing left to lose.
Freedom is something that we all seem to want. And yet, a lot of people want to restrict that right in others.
Whether its the freedom to dance, worship, listen to music, talk about something, or just rest. Someone has an opinion on how you should use your freedom.
The people that are most upset with freedom that people have are those who are afraid of losing something. Losing power. Whether that power is over a group of people or over just oneself.
There was this guy I heard about, who gave up everything. He still had power, but he freely gave it away to those in need. Even when they didn't deserve it.
There are those who really abuse power. That which is freely given to them.
If you have ever been told that your inability to give your freedom to another is sinful or selfish, you might just understand what I'm trying to convey.
Those with real power, power they will give to you, are hard to find. They understand power given freely away is a gift. No strings attached.
Jesus did that a lot. Gave away everything. Didn't have a house. Didn't own "Sabbath church clothes" that were 'better' than his regular garb. Healed others. And though he might have given advice on occasion, he didn't force the matter. He was free. And he offers this freedom to everyone who wants to live and grow in this way.
When someone in authority beats down your rights, because you question their motives, they just don't understand what it is to be free. Pray for them. They need it. Give them freedom to do as they wish with their power, and use your freedom to do what you need to do.
If you are in a church where your freedom is being taken away, and you are told you are disobedient when you question something, you might want to find a different place to be. That isn't saying 'throw out all the rules'. Rules are guidelines to help us ensure that everyone has freedom. But when we use guidelines to do something they weren't intended to do (which is guide) and instead use them like a stick or club to force someone to 'do what is right', we have turned down the wrong fork in the road and need to turn around.
Take a minute when you get time and look to see what Jesus did. You don't have to. It's just a suggestion. You are free to do it if you wish.
Jesus came to set us free. And if he has set you free...
You are free. Free indeed.