Spiritual freedom is not another kind of freedom parallel with freedom of conscience and intellectual freedom and political freedom. It’s rather the freedom of being in the Holy Spirit and no longer only in the fallen flesh of Adam. This kind of freedom is the freeing of captives and the giving of sight to the blind in a real sense, not just in your cynicized, spiritualized, severely curtailed sense.
God loved us first; from liturgy we start, and we proceed to all the world, every lofty opinion, to be taken captive to Christ. Paul wrote, ‘For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit.’ This equality at the Lord’s eucharistic table starts at the eating and drinking of God’s gracious gift of his spiritual Body and Blood, but it results in the overthrow of racism and slavery and the establishment of a common cup of thanks to God.
We don’t receive the Holy Spirit to effectively leave the world by making distinctions between the spiritual and the physical. Instead, we receive it to see God’s glory fill the earth, to witness his Resurrection penetrating every darkness, to come forth to the hope of a new heavens and a new earth, on God’s watch in history.
[Related: Peter Leithart on eucharistic tea.]
Priests Can Read, on Christians’ priestly duty to lead the universe’s adoration of God, as implied by Psalm 148.
A Redeemed People, on salvation being of human society as well as of individuals.