“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not us liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

The rebel cries liberty
For the oppressed black,
The neglected Indian tribes,
Mexican illegals and West Coast grape pickers.
They call for liberty on campus—
For colonies and emerging nations.
They behave as though liberty
Were their discovery and brainchild,
But God says
Man is called unto liberty
Divinely destined and called.
Only liberty must not be used as a license
To appease the flesh,
To indulge in wreckless pleasure and sensuality—
As a badge of liberty.
But man is called to liberty
Only to free himself for service to others,
By love, serving one another
Peaceably and nonviolently;
For if the rebels continue to bite and devour
In the guise of liberty,
They will only consume one another.