Monday, July 06, 2015

A Thought for Monday 6 July 2015

“You, brothers and sisters, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love.”  Galatians 5:13

Freedom.  Liberty.  Whichever word we choose to embrace, if there is no sense of duty or responsibility associated with either, it cannot be said we are truly free – not if we are in fact slaves to our own personal desires or selective in whom we are willing to serve.  The saying, “Your freedom ends at the tip of my nose”, is more than a demand for boundaries, which must also be respected.  It is an acknowledgment that freedom and basic human rights for one means freedom and basic human rights for all.  There cannot be a little freedom any more than there can be a little justice.

When The Lord set us free from the bonds and chains of our past, it was not His intent that we would trade one set of chains for another.  To exercise the freedom we hold so dear means we must understand our commitment to the whole of our communities – but to also understand that if we are unwilling to commit to the well-being of the community, we should not expect the community to concern itself with our well-being.

Christ called forth the Church, the “ekklesia”, the congregation of the faith, the community of believers.  In order for us to understand the depth of this meaning, we must learn to read the Scripture not as “love letters to me” but as encouragement to the entire community of saints.  Then – and only then – can we begin to understand the true nature of liberty.

This is the reality of Christ.  This is the nature of the Covenant of The Lord.  Thus it must become the very nature of our being if we are to pretend we are somehow connected to Christ.  “Love your neighbor as yourself” is more than a commandment; it is the very foundation of the community.



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