May 7, 2020
Galatians 5:1, 13-25

 

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. … For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.  For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:1, 13-14)

 

It seems that “freedom” has become a hot topic as we continue to navigate the ramifications of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Which prompts me to wonder, “What does it mean to be free in Christ?”

 

St. Paul speaks to this issue in his letter to the Galatians …  “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. … For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.  For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:1, 13-14)

 

In St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians he reminds us that freedom is not the end result of our life in Christ but rather the beginning of a faithful life in Christ. When freedom is accepted as the end result it often gets the best of us, and we get trapped in a life of self-indulgence. In this kind of false freedom, we frantically consume, we ferociously protect “our rights,” and we live in constant fear that all our hard earned “trappings” might be taken away from us.  And along the way, sometimes we forget about the plight of others.

 

True freedom in Christ is actually the opposite!  In Christ we are set free to share our possessions, set free from the obsession of self-interest, set free from the anxiety of it all, set free to be shaped by unconditional love, set free to serve those in need, set free to become a dynamic part of the ever present and every coming Kingdom of God

 

So, what is the freedom of the Christian? I believe Martin Luther said it best, “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.”

 

As we ponder the “freedom” we have in Christ, and what we might do with that precious gift, how we are called to practice that freedom for the sake of others, we are reminded that true freedom comes to us only by the “Charis” (grace) of God in Christ Jesus.  May we continue to practice our freedom in service to those at risk in these difficult and challenging times.

 

 

 

 

 

      1. Charity

 

 

 

So reckless, out of control
That’s Charity, she scares me so

 

And Charity’s in love with me
And when she speaks my name
All her crazy hopes and dreams
Like stars light my way,
Charity

 

So wild and free, she’s got nothing to lose
That’s Charity, as the Spirit moves

 

And Charity’s in love with me
And when she speaks my name
All her crazy hopes and dreams
Like Stars light my way

 

And I think that I’m in love with her
When all is said and done
But if I give my life away
What will I become,
Charity

 

And I think that I’m in love with her
When all is said and done
But if I give my life away
What will I become,
Charity

 

So reckless, out of control
That’s Charity, she scares me so

 

And Charity’s in love with me
And when she speaks my name
All her crazy hopes and dreams
Like Stars light my way

 

And I think that I’m in love with her
When all is said and done
But if I give my life away
What will I become,
Charity, …

 

 

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