July 4th

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Today, in America, much is made of the weighted word “freedom.” Paul, that great apostle, makes much of freedom in Galatians. Freedom, however, understood by Paul and by Americans in general differs substantially. The hyper individualized form of freedom Americans fight for, stands apart from what Paul understands as freedom. For Paul, Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection defeated the oppression of sin and death. Jesus freed humanity to love God and one another. The heavy chains of hate, jealousy, envy, deception, and on, no longer hold us back from loving one another. The free and freeing love of God sets us loose to seek the welfare of the community. This is freedom. So celebrate everyday your freedom in Christ and love one another, as Christ has so loved you.

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