True Christian liberty is the freedom and peace in which we walk as we follow Jesus. I have talked about this before, so I won’t go into a long dissertation. If my focus is Him, rather than on what I do or what the world offers, I am completely free. One of my favorite stories is about Charles Spurgeon and his cigar. At a community service, the pastor who was to introduce Spurgeon took the opportunity to launch a tirade against the evils of tobacco. As the pastor went on and on, Spurgeon reached into his pocket and pulled out a cigar. He lit it and waited until the man was finished. Then Spurgeon stood before the crowd and said, “I smoke this cigar to the glory of God!”
Now, I don’t know if that story is absolutely true because I can’t find the source, but I do know that Spurgeon smoked cigars and did so without shame. In fact, the following is supposed to be a direct quote:
I wish to say that I’m not ashamed of anything whatever that I do, and I don’t feel that smoking makes me ashamed, and therefore I mean to smoke to the glory of God.
The point, of course, is that Christian liberty comes to us through a real relationship with Jesus. Some things no one should do. Some things some should not do. Discerning the latter depends on listening to the voice of the Lord for ourselves. That’s Christian liberty.