The other evening I was watching a television show, “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”. It is a series that shows the culture of the travelers across the United Kingdom. These travelers, also known as gypsys have their own cultural identity and values. One of the significant parts of their culture is the wedding. The weddings, gowns, and cakes are over-the-top. The gowns are often so large that the bride’s father must walk down the aisle in front of the bride because the gown is so large. The lifestyle is a different from most of their country. Their values are different. They believe that women exist to take care of their homes and families; therefore, it is common for girls to quit school at the age of 13 or 14 to help with household chores. Women marry early, 18 is considered an old maid, and after marriage they are under their husband’s authority. One young woman described it as going from having to ask her parents permission to having to ask her husband’s permission. Most do not stay in one place very long.
There was one young woman, 16 years old, who decided on a different course for her life. She is working, which is very unusual and she has no immediate plans to get married. She is going against her cultural norms, but she is exercising her freedom to choose. She has the freedom to decide what her life will be like. She can choose a different lifestyle, if she wants to choose a different life style.
We have freedom as well. We have freedom in Christ. We are not bound by our culture, our past, our families, or are current situation. Because in Christ, all things are possible. We do not have to be confined to one way of living. We can choose to live a new way. Jesus tells us that he is the way, the truth, and the life. If we want a new life for ourselves, it is ours for the taking. We have the freedom to choose Christ and the life that Christ is offering to us. Freedom from our past, our guilt, and our sin. The freedom to choose is ours today and everyday. What do you choose?