Freedom just scares the hell out of people. It might even scare the hell into them.
To be truly free in Christ, without any shackles of “literal bibles”, “3rd uses of the law” “Christian do-goodism projects”, or “Christian self-improvement projects”…just scares people to death.
Professor and theologian, James Nestingen always says, “The gospel is always in a fight. And that fight always revolves around freedom.”
“They really don’t care if someone’s doctrine doesn’t line up just right before they will share Christ’s Supper with them.”
Yes, we do care. And yes, we will share…even before we are SURE they understand everything exactly as we do. We care enough to baptize them first and to tell them exactly what they are receiving. Who’s Supper is it, anyway? Who is it that is capable of making someone into the kind of person that He wants them to be, anyway?
Well, it’s always about the freedom, isn’t it? And who’s freedom?
God’s freedom. God’s freedom to love and forgive real sinners. God’s freedom to take real people who just can’t quite cut it, and probably never will ‘cut it’ in this pride-soaked world, and say to them, “I love you. I baptized you. And you are mine. Begining of story.”
And then it’s about our freedom. The gift of freedom from our Lord, Christ Jesus, who has freed us by His death and resurrection. Who has freed us by declaring us forgiven and righteous, even though we know not what we do.
Just who is it that we are talking about here? Can this God really make something out of nothing? Or is he just itching for us to get it all lined up perfectly BEFORE He acts…for us?
Nope. Our God is free. Scary free to many. Wonderfully free to some.
The door is open. You have been freed.
“But the Bible says such and such about such and such!”
Heeere we go again…
Thanks to flickr and ‘O What, now you want something?’ for the photo.
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