Let’s admit it, the United States of America is the land of the free. We have freedoms that many nations only dream about, but never have fully achieved. So, how does this apply to Christians who live in such a land. You would be surprised.
Citizens of America have freedom of speech. Christians only have the freedom to speak where the bible speaks and remain silent where the bible is silent (1 Cor 4:6 f; 1 Pet 4:11). Citizens of America have freedom to live in fornication. Christians are commanded to flee fornication (1 Cor 6:18). Citizens of America have freedom to commit adultery without any repercussion. Christians who commit adultery and die as such will spend an eternity in hell (Gal 5:19-21). Citizens of America have freedom to be a homosexual, lesbian, cross gendered, cross dresser, and most any kind of perversion. Christians who commit such are an abomination to God and are worthy of death (Rom 1:26-32). Citizens of America have freedom to dishonor Mayors, Legislators, Governors, Judges, and the President. Christians are commanded to honor all such who have rule over them (Rom 13:1-7 f; 1 Pet 2:17). Citizens of America have freedom of religion. Christians have no choice but to attend one church, subjected to one Lord and one Faith (1 Cor 12:13,27 ff Col 1:18; Eph 4:5; Gal 1:6-9; 2 Jn 9). Citizens of America have freedom have the freedom to be greedy. Christians are commanded to do good unto all men, especially fellow brethren (Gal 6:10). Citizens of America have freedom to be racists, sexists, and haters of all kinds of people. Christians are commanded to love their enemies, their neighbors, and especially fellow saints (Mt. 5:43-48 ff; Mt 22:39; Jn 13:34).
The citizens of America have the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The citizens of heaven have the right of eternal life (Tit 1:2) where there shall be no sorrow or crying, no pain, and no death (Rev 21:4). We cannot love this present world and love God at the same time (1 Jn 2:15,16). The citizens of the world are living life to its fullest. The citizens of heaven are buried with Christ by baptism and risen to walk in the newness of life (1 Cor 6:3,4). The citizens of the world build up treasures of this present world. The citizens of heaven are laying up treasures in heaven (Mt 6:19,20). The citizens of the world have one father, that being the Devil himself (Jn 8:44). The citizens of heaven have one heavenly Father (Eph 4:5).
Conclusion: Just because we have many rights in the land of freedom, we shouldn’t always take advantage of them. In fact, most of them we should refuse. We have many choices to make, but the first one we must make is to either serve God or serve the world. The citizens of the world have chosen to win the world. The citizens of heaven have chosen to lose the world and win eternal life (Mt 16:24-26). God doesn’t want you rich in earthly treasures, but rather treasures in heaven, rich in faith (Mt 6:19,20 f; Jam 2:5). God doesn’t want us to be wise in the wisdom of the world, but rather wise in the knowledge of God (2 Tim 3:15). With freedom comes choices. Choose you this day whom you will serve, God or Man (Josh 24:15). The citizens of the world serve the world and all of its pleasures. Citizens of heaven fear God and keep His commandments (Eccl 12:13). Jesus and his apostles commanded us to obey the gospel and doctrine of Christ (Mk 16:16 f; 2 Jn 9). The world will soon pass away and the lusts thereof, but he that will do the will of God lives forever (1 Jn 2:17). It all comes down to one question: Are you are a citizen of the world or are you a citizen of heaven? (Philip 3:20).