Celebrate Freedom


We acknowledge our veterans each year in our church.  They paid a price for each of us.  We do not, however, celebrate war.  Rather, we uphold and celebrate freedom, believing that God is the author of freedom and that freedom has never been free. It comes at a cost.

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

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2Corinthians 3:17

36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36

I have visited Washington, DC and seen the war memorials there.  Freedom is not free is etched into the stone.  So true.  Not free.  The cost of freedom has been paid by many lives before us.

I believe God is the author of freedom.  God had freedom in mind for us before we were born.  He knew that we would go our own ways.  He knew that he would choose slavery to sin and lives apart from himself.  He made a plan to provide freedom for us.

Jesus came to set people free, and it is for freedom that he set us free.  Not for slavery to something else.  I just read that children raised in religious homes are more likely to be judgmental and less tolerant of others.  Christian homes included.  Isn’t this sad?

Christ did not die for us to be slaves to religion.  He did not die for us to be slaves to the letter of the law.  He died so that we could be free and live free.  Rather than judging and hold law over people, we ought to be sharing the path to freedom.

Most people are unlikely to choose a path toward freedom when it is wrapped in law and judgment.  Part of freedom in our world is allowing difference of opinion and thought and belief.  We ought to work hard to sustain this freedom in our nations, given what price was paid to earn it.  We ought to likewise work hard to not turn our Christian freedom into law.

The one the Son has set free is free indeed.

Celebrate freedom.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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