Freedom

July is our month to remember Freedom.

Galatians 5: 1 reads:  “For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of  slavery.”

 The yoke of slavery was adherence to Jewish laws as necessary for salvation.  In other words a Gentile Christian would have to become Jewish before they could become Christian.

 Paul taught that the blood of Jesus on the cross pays in full our sins.  This means that we do not ‘have’ to do anything else to earn God’s favor.

The church at Galatia was conflicted and teachers came along and told them that Gentile men had to be circumcised in order to be accepted into the church.  Other laws like not eating pork could have also been added as required for believers.

     Paul writes and takes the position that what Jesus did was ‘all or nothing’ when it came to the power of the cross.

  • Either a believer in Jesus was free and Gentile men can join as they are or they must do all of the law.
  • Now what has that to do with us?

 First, you are welcome ‘as you are’ to come and worship Jesus here at Calvary.

Secondly, we are free to follow our conscience on ethical issues.

  •  We are free to serve our military. We are free to be a pacifist.
  • We are free to support pipelines and we are free to oppose them or move them.
  • In 1776, Americans were free to support the King of England. They were free to fight for independence.

 

As we celebrate the 4th of July all of us should take pause and honor those who risked their lives, liberty and means to make a living.  Truly it was profiles in courage that began a tax revolt on tea escalating to musket fire at Bunker Hill.  Boston Strong is not new.

That same freedom is ours today and we need it as we deal with everything from global warming to race identification to drones to … you fill in the issue!

  • In the Name of Jesus, I tell you that in Christ freedom sets us free to address anything and everything.
  • Like the Apostle Paul taught, the power of the cross is just that strong.

Enjoy the 4th!

Pastor Steve