A short reflection on the meaning of freedom
Can we make sense of the phrase “freedom in Christ?” It has been said that all outside of Christ are not free, but in bondage. On the other hand, it is suggested that to be in Christ is to be free. Is there any meaning to these words now for those of who doubt literal understandings of Scripture? I’m inclined to think so. In fact, I think the recognition of the non-literal mode of much Scripture opens up the possibility to cut past the credulity of the ancient imagery and grasp the insight of the tradition.
That said, here’s what I think the tradition is on to. As is corroborated by contemporary constructive developmental psychology, only a fully-centered individual can rise above the compulsions of biology and psychology, i.e., those elements of our existence that “drive” us. To transcend compulsion is the meaning of freedom. The only way to be a fully-centered person is to have accepted one’s ultimate acceptance. This is the meaning of Christian faith. This is the truth of the gospel. This is also the truth of the phrase “freedom in Christ.”