Dear Ones –
Sometimes our country feels so split. We argue about politics, religion, abortion, family, human rights, how to eat, how to raise or not-raise children and anything else that jumps into our day-to-day. We get so caught up on policies and ideas and principles that we forget about people.
We are split because we are always judging. We judge the way others think. We judge the way they respond to circumstances. We judge that there is no way others could be right, because that might make us wrong. We become so critical in our thinking that we forget to see the beauty in others. And, we forget to see the hurt. We miss that someone else might be defensive about abortion because when they were 15 they had one and have felt guilty and belittled ever since. We close our eyes to the fact that someone might speak harshly to their children because their parents beat them and this is the best they can do in order to not beat theirs.
We self-righteously put on airs around those who go to a different kind of church than us or worse yet, no church at all. I mean, after all, they must not really be getting into heaven if they believe differently than us. We are so blind to the fact that most people HAVE to put on some sort of armor just to make it through the day and don’t know any other way to protect themselves. We live in a world where only what we do is the right action and what others do generally is just a paltry comparison. And then we dare to call ourselves free.
Oh yeah, we’re free. Free to judge. Free to condemn. Free to look down. Free to fake compassion. Free to climb onto our own personal pedestals. Free to imprison ourselves in a cage of our own making. There is so, so much more.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to give all that up and be truly free? Have you ever wondered where you could go and who you could be if you were not restricted by the “freedom” you impose on yourself? Do you ever think – there has to be another way?
The answer is “yes – there is another way.”
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom.