Freedom: “Throughout history, through all ages, all human beings have always sought two kinds of freedom, but today we’re after a third kind as well,” observes Tom Wolfe. The two foundational freedoms are those from tyranny (freedom of expression, religion, and political determination) and want (freedom of economic opportunity, class mobility, etc). “Today we are seeking, and even expecting, a third kind of freedom that is unprecedented… freedom from religion.” Wolfe says it’s no longer freedom of religion, but from it, adding, “That has never, ever been sought before. It’s the final freedom.”
Enslavement: Where does freedom from all commitments and obligations lead? Over 150 years ago Scottish pastor Thomas Chalmers recorded the natural enslavement of the human heart: “It is thus, that the boy ceases, at length, to be a slave of his appetite, but it is usually because the more mature taste has brought it into subordination. For example, the youth may cease to idolize sensual pleasure, but it is because the idol of wealth has gotten the ascendancy but even the love of money may cease to have mastery over the heart because it’s drawn into the world of ideology and politics and he is now lorded over by a love of power or moral superiority in his new politics.” The pathway far too many people perceive as that of freedom is really one of submission to shifting affections.
Dominion: It isn’t the vivid imagery of Daniel’s visions that are most offensive to many today, but the threat that, “[God’s] dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away.” It is anathema, in a culture which perceives freedom as limitless self-determination, to think of God as the final authority to whom we have obligation. Yet it is only in God we have the opportunity for true freedom. The rest of Daniel’s prophecies, and all of Scripture, reveal a God who loves humanity so mightily he will not settle for enslavement masquerading as freedom. It is only under God’s lavish grace and rule that we find true freedom from enslaves us most deeply.
Prayer: Lord, too often we are like little children struggling to pull away from their parent’s hand. Forgive us for thinking our better life is away from you, like the child away from their parent, without you we would only be lost. Renew our hearts for you. Guide our lives in your ways. Show us freedom through your love.
 Harvard Class Day, 1988. As quoted by Timothy Keller, The Freedom of the Christian. Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, 1998. |  http://www.amazon.com/Expulsive-Power-New-Affection-ebook/dp/B003TZLQ9M/