Bright Light In Darkened Corners
“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
We are free in Christ everyone, but do we actually live like we are really free? Far too often we trade God given freedom for religious bondage. We are no longer under the Law. So why do we live and act as if we were?
In Christ the only law is love. To love God and love your neighbor as yourself. If this is true, then why does the “church” have so many rules, laws, and regulations? Many “churches” have by-laws and sometimes unwritten rules about how to dress, how to act, and what we can or cannot watch in movies or on television. Then there is the whole dancing issue. Some “churches” even forbid men to swim in the same place as women. In the past “churches” even banned books and told people what they were and were not allowed to read.
As followers of Jesus we have the Spirit dwelling within us to guide us through our daily lives and choices. Because we have The Holy Spirit we no longer require or need an external written code to follow. We do not need lists of rules or regulations anymore, because we are now led by the internal witness of the Spirit.
The big question is do we trust God to lead us from within in all things or do we want things in the world that we can see and or touch to be our guides? Do we trust the invisible God or “man” written rules and documents to show us the limits of our freedom?
I say whom the Son sets free is free indeed! We need to trust God to internally set up the parameters of our freedom. We are no longer under the law or rules of “men”. “Men” and traditional religion seek to confine our freedom to religious standards. God wants us to break free of human constraints and to serve Him freely while abounding in His love. The only way to reach those who are on the fringe of acceptable behavior is to be free enough to live out on the edge of societies norms with them. We are supposed to be bright light in the darkened corners. It is impossible to lead others to freedom when those leading do not totally walk in freedom themselves. Living inside a religious box is not freedom. In Christ we should always be free enough to press the envelope of freedom to its outer most limits. Freedom vs Law can be a constant tension in our lives, it is just like Relationship vs Religion. However, when I am in the Spirit I choose freedom and relationship every time and I have never regretted it even once.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !