3 Lies Students Believe About Freedom That Will Ruin Their Lives
by Jonathan Morrow
Our culture worships freedom. The only problem is that real freedom doesn’t mean what most people think it means. And the next generation of students are paying the price because they are being robbed of the life they are really after.
True happiness–“flourishing”–is only possible if students are able to break free from the lies and embrace genuine freedom.
(1) My choices only affect me. “You can do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt someone.” This slogan is everywhere! Our culture perpetuates this lie but you need to know there are several fatal flaws with this way of thinking. First and foremost it assumes that you can’t hurt yourself with your own choices (this could be a whole blog in itself!).
But more importantly, your unwise choices can unleash significant collateral damage on those around you. A selfish choice has relational consequences. Just ask the millions of kids who have grown up in broken homes because Mom or Dad exercised their freedom to do what they wanted. As the Scripture teaches, “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13:20).
(2) My feelings are the truest expression of who I am. If freedom is our culture’s peanut butter, then feelings are the jelly. One of the most dangerous lies a student can believe is that how he or she feels determines reality. Feelings are powerful, but they are very often wrong…
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