Concerning The Freedom of Speech
“As for you, my friends, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another.” ~ Galatians 5:13 (GNT)
Going through this verse this morning, what struck my mind was the freedom of speech.
We should always have it at the back of our mind that where our freedom stops is where another persons freedom starts.
Yes! We have this freedom of speech, we can say what we like, how we like it but this freedom has limitations.
What’s most surprising about this freedom and its limitation is that while you can’t attack a persons personality by presenting unproven facts or lies, you can jokingly attack and emotionally blackmail what he/ she believes in.
It is human nature to try to look for what to joke with or laugh about but Galatians 5:13 has made us to understand that we should not let our freedom be a reason or an excuse to let our physical desires control us, thereby leading to us being an instrument of someone else’s unhappiness.
I am not in support of violence as a means of stopping people from emotionally blackmailing others but rather, I want us to see an attack on someone else’s belief as a limitation to the freedom of speech.
There are times that being right does not matter, what matters most is the impact your actions and inactions have on others.
We have the task of loving one another which was also repeated in the verse above, “let love make you serve one another” but how do we serve one another in love when we are constantly getting them angry and emotionally imbalance?