Let Freedom Ring
July 3

Before there was the 4th of July, there was this guy named Paul. Before there was freedom from Britain, we had freedom in Christ. Before there was the Declaration of Independence, there was a letter written to a handful of churches in a town called Galatia. We have loved freedom for a long time.

I've always enjoyed the 4th of July. Growing up, it always had a festive atmosphere and that continues today. As a kid I didn't pay as much attention to the historical significance as I probably should have, but I remembered hearing the word “freedom”. Maybe I didn't know what it felt like to live in the 18th century, and struggle for freedom from a foreign country, but this significance of freedom always stood out. When I was younger, the 4th of July seemed like a day that should bolster our pride because we had something that set us apart, we were free. But should freedom be unique to us?

When the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to a newly born Christian community in Galatia nearly 2000 years ago, freedom was at stake. It wasn't freedom from a foreign country or an occupying army, but freedom from the old ways of living. The people that Paul was writing to were restrained by the law and the old ways of living, but in Christ they had a new identity. They were no longer held captive to this old way of living. They were free - free children of God, with no strings attached or fine print. They were free. This liberation must've felt like a rebirth, and even better, this freedom was for everyone.

Growing up I felt like this freedom set us apart, but it shouldn't. Freedom is and should be for everyone. We should live our lives so that everyone can be free from whatever holds them back. This is a gift for everyone, and until everyone knows that and experiences that, we have work to do. We have been given a great gift. We have won the cosmic lottery as a good friend of mine says, but this is a gift that was never meant to be kept to ourselves. It was always meant to be shared. Shared so that everyone would know that God loves them. This kind of freedom is for everyone.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: July 3, 2019 12:27 PM