Freedom

Christian freedom is always a difficult subject. It’s messy, full of gray areas, and well-meaning people often disagree. I’ve always found Galatians 5 to be clarifying because it speaks against both legalism and licentiousness. Believers in Galatia were being told they had to submit to the regulations and guidelines found in the Law. It was Jesus plus something. Paul sharply disputed this reminding them that Christ has freed us from the need to keep the Law. At the same time, freedom in Christ is never an excuse to sin or be flippant about the things of God. It’s not a license to indulge the flesh.

This latter point is where most of the messiness comes into the picture. There is a tendency in many believers to skirt the edges morally in the name of Christian freedom. Sometimes there are disastrous consequences. Usually though, the biggest damage is in our witness before the world. Our lives are to be marked by the fruit of the Spirit. The kind of freedom Christ brings is not an invitation to look and act like the rest of the world. It’s a call to discover that true freedom is found by increasingly submitting our lives to him.

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God and Country

I love America. I believe it’s the greatest country in the world. There is nowhere else I would want to live. I’m thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. But as great as our country is, we are not God’s chosen people nor are we some sort of city on a hill. Please don’t blend patriotism with theology. That never ends well.

God has undoubtedly blessed America. But not because we have done anything to deserve it. He has blessed us out of his abundant grace. May God continue to shed his grace on our country for centuries to come.