Celebrate our freedom joyfully, but we should not use our liberty an opportunity to hinder others freedom to live. We also should sustain our freedom and not to get entangled with the same bondage from which we have been freed. When we celebrate our freedom, value others liberty as well.
The Holy Bible says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free. Do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. For you have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh. But through love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:1, 13)
India is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day on January 26 with amazing joy. Variety of colourful programmes including social, cultural and technological advancement will attract every sensible citizen. The enormous talent display of our defence personnel, young talented children and youth and the scintillating march past make the event vibrant.
We shall salute the untiring struggles, sacrifices and martyrdom of our national heroes with great reverence.
Meanwhile, for the first time in the history the nation, our bread-giver, the hardworking farmers, will also celebrate this Republic Day with a difference. According to information, they would peacefully celebrate the great occasion by taking out a grand tractor parade through the Indian capital city.
All living beings long for liberty, irrespective of their origin. And everyone struggles for their own survival and freedom. For human beings, freedom means being free at every front to enjoy the privilege of being independent. They consider the freedom socially, economically, culturally as well as religiously. But in thought and utterance our liberty should not harm the sentiments of anyone.
We are fortunate enough to celebrate the joy of freedom and the honour of citizenship in letter and spirit constitutionally. And, we feel proud to salute our freedom fighters, reformers and national leaders who paid a huge price for our freedom. We live in a democratic country where the peoples’ representatives hold supreme power.
The literal meaning of independence suggests, not to be controlled by another or not relying on another. However, the nature has its own rule, and the society exists only on mutual co-existence and inter-dependence. We are born to a family which is an integral part of the society. And we had to be submissive to one another, as some natural and supernatural authority and influence governs us.
Our social responsibility
All human beings have their own personality, integrity and freedom with social responsibility.
The Holy Bible declares that Christ Jesus granted us liberty and He has made us free from the bondage and wages of sin. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free. Do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. For you have been called to liberty. only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh. But through love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:1, 13)
Apostle Peter exhorts us to bear with one another, forgive one another as Christ forgave us. Respect the authorities, including social, political and religious, and also our parents and brotherhood. He asks us to be humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cast all our cares upon Him.
Psalmist says, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.” (Ps. 27:10). Many a time we come across reproaches, accusations and persecutions as part of our faithful life.
But, let us not grow weary while doing good. For in one season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation and be of same mind toward one another.
Apostle Paul says, again, the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. Be steadfast therefore in the liberty, and not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.