Throughout modern history, teenagers and young adults have consistently rebelled against authority, desiring freedom from moral restraints and other restrictions. “All Summer Long”, a song by Kid Rock, describes the attitude of these teenagers and young adults. He sings of living in the country, not being constrained by time, doing exactly as he wanted in “northern Michigan”. The song has an underlying theme of a type of freedom, a nostalgic look at his interpretation of the “good old days”. However, his version of freedom is much different from the true freedom found in Christ.
Teenagers and young adults in the 1970s sought after freedom, and upon closer inspection of history, this search for freedom is apparent throughout the ages. In the very beginnings of civilization, people defied the authority of God and banded together to build a tower that would reach to heaven, revolutions in the eighteenth and nineteenth century overthrew oppressive governments in search of more freedom in society, and children have often rebelled against parents attempting to gain less restriction. Even the mythical “Fountain of Youth” would give people freedom from the restrictions of old age. History of countries and of the family shows this unquenchable thirst for freedom.
When people desire freedom, they often look at something that they do not have, such as a lack of curfew, and assume that thing will provide them freedom. However, people often do not realize that the very things they think will make them free often leave them in bondage. Caffeinated beverages give people freedom from fatigue; however they are also quite addictive, leaving you to need more of them as time goes on. A desire for freedom often leads people into bondage because they look in the wrong place.
Kids in the 1970s did not know the true cost of freedom, for true freedom is not really free. In the free countries of the world, the citizens know if not personally, at least historically, the bloody struggle for freedom. Freedom requires a sacrifice, and almost always, the sacrifice is a sacrifice of life. Real freedom, which can only be found in Christ, also required a sacrifice; and Christ, God’s beloved and only begotten Son, was that sacrifice.
True freedom is not found in a world free of rules and restrictions, but rather in sacrifices made. For the freedom that Christians have, Christ paid the ultimate price-His life! In order for us as Christians to have freedom in Christ, we must sacrifice our flesh for His glory. Romans 12:1-2 states “I beseech ye therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” True freedom is found in denying yourself, and taking up your cross to follow Christ.