Many bikers enjoy motorcycling because of the exhilaration and freedom that can be experienced on the open road with the sun at their backs and the wind in their faces. For many, this combined with a section of nice winding road can provide a most enjoyable experience.
Christians too enjoy a freedom. This freedom is not so much a feeling of physical freedom, but a spiritual freedom. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, mankind has been freed from rebelling against God. This rebellion (sin) which could be seen as merely ignoring God or actively opposing Him, spoils the relationship with God each person is meant to have. However, through Jesus Christ, the relationship can be restored and the individual freed from this rebellion. Jesus said if we live as He taught us then we will know the truth (about God) and this truth will set us free. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” John 8:36 NIV
God wants us to be free from the way sin can spoil our lives. It spoils our lives through a broken relationship with God, and imperfect relationships with our mates and those we love. And in the end, rebelling against god will bring death. But God wants us to live in continual harmony with both Him and those around us, and that’s why He sent Jesus “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”.John 3:16
The great thing about eternal life is, we don’t have to do anything to earn or deserve it. When we turn away (repent) from our sin, and admit that we need Jesus to run our lives, God accepts us just as we are. His undeserved favour (grace) is given to us. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast”. Ephesians 2:8,9 NIV
So the Christian biker is one who is able to experience two types of freedom. The freedom that comes from riding, and the freedom that comes from being freed from sin and its consequences, through believing in Jesus Christ. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you can’t be a biker, and vice-versa. In fact, being a Christian can increase your enjoyment of riding, and the creation God has made for us to enjoy.