As I mull over things to write about, I realize that every post doesn't need to be a masterpiece. And so with that, I will leave you with this thought.
For freedom in Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. - Galatians 5:1Free indeed. Free to live a life not driven by animalistic urges of violence, domination, revenge, and even unchecked sexuality--as Randy Thomas & Alan Chambers often remind us. But free from the slavery of the world. Free to stand firm against pseudo-religious demands which would have some deny their ability to love, commit, and foster family. Freedom to resist economic and political systems which subject us to the slavery of being a slaveholder. "Come and follow me" can be a scary call, but is liberating in its simplicity. What would Jesus do? Do thus.
My friends look at me and see that I'm a vegetarian, that I give money to my church, that I try to volunteer with non-profits, and other "demands" in my life. They sometimes ask if I'm not operating out of obligation. I had a similar conversation with my mother recently in which I said "I don't have to do anything, if I had to do everything it would be overwhelming, in fact I can't do everything. I get to do what I can do, what I feel called to do, what I see needs to be done. And I can trust that is enough." I once heard it said "Reconciliation is easy. Christ did the hard part, all we have to do is enter into it."
Life is good.