Krin Baer
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Freedom | July 4th, 2013


Freedom ImageLike many young Americans, I value my freedom. The thought of being able to go anywhere and do anything at any time fills me with excitement and anticipation. Are you going on a road trip? I’ll join. Need an extra hand while you’re in Argentina? I can help. Want to spend three months in India and see what happens? Yes, many times over.

This drive to see and experience the world is not inherently wrong, but it can quickly become an idol. Watch out for the god of open options!

My friends in college always used to complain, “Krin, you can’t commit to anything—not even the simplest things in life!” Those who knew me best would never let me get away with saying the word maybe yet it remained my all-time favorite word. This word didn’t cause much trouble when I was invited to parties, but it became the root of much pain when it came to close friendships and romantic relationships.

Eventually I had to admit it—I was worshipping a god of open options. From the cereal aisle to the person I loved the most, I struggled to say yes to anyone or anything, because it meant saying no to the rest.

Several months ago, I read an article in Christianity Today called Imprisoned by Choice. It is a poignant piece, describing this subtle idol that exists in the minds and hearts of many young people. Here’s the key line:

The god of open options is also a liar. He promises you that by keeping your options open, you can have everything and everyone. But in the end, you get nothing and no one.[1]

It hit me between the eyes. Freedom from something or someone has no real value until it is connected to knowing what you are free to do or to be.

Paul recognized the same in his letter to the Galatians when he wrote,

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”[2]

We are set free from slavery, sin, and death to know and worship the one true God.

Real freedom isn’t merely keeping our options open. It’s using your options to become like Christ, who endured the cross when all of hell was coming down on him. In that moment he chose to stay. And in giving up his life, he gave the opportunity for all to live.

Are you holding onto your options? Let go in Christ. Live, love and be free.

[1] Cooper, Barry. “Christianity Today.” Christianity Today. N.p., 15 Feb. 2013. Web.

[2] Galatians 5:1

  • zach b.

    krin, this is beautiful.

  • Tom scott

    The supposed confining nature of Christianity is such a misunderstood thing. Before Christ my quest for everything life had to offer seemed like a perfect way to live. At the time I was hiding from some skeletons deep inside. As Christ has entered my life , the horrors of my past were crushing and unable to hide from. I have been freed from the slavery and sinful ways of an unforgiving life. Now as the blood of the cross continues to get driven deeper into my soul I couldn’t feel more free than I do now. He is the true way

  • Nicolas Daudin

    Great piece of writing Krin :)

    • Krin

      Thanks, nico! The echo de menos chaval!

  • Brenda

    You’re spot on Krin! Freedom is found in one blood, one truth, one life, one way. God Bless!

  • Kay

    Krin this is great, it is the truth of all truths giving our lives over to Christ is the only place we will find REAL Freedom. Kay

  • Darleen grimsley

    The only one we need is Christ to be our Idol. That is cool. My scripture reading for the church this Sunday July 7th is Gal. 5:1. Let go and let God deliver us from the slavery of all sin. Amen

  • Sanj

    If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

    C. S. Lewis

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