4th in a 5-part series on the pillars of life
A little tyrant lives within us all that wants to find
structure and comfort where the only certainty is mystery. We by nature seek to bring order out of
chaos. As pioneers in any new world,
whether it is physical or metaphysical, we want to cut down trees, plant
gardens, and put up fences. Because this
is the way we are hard-wired, we need the in-built brake on our proclivity that
the doctrine of freedom brings.
Theologians are inveterate fence-makers whose lives generally cannot
support their vocation. As they erect
spiritual fences for the rest of us, we assume they know what they are doing
and live within the confines of their boundaries.
A consequence of this sad fact of life is that thousands of
denominations speak definitively about things which are debatable. While God designed us for the freedom which
an embrace of myth and mystery produce, we default to variations on the theme
of legalism, a theme proven to be bankrupt in the Old Testament, and excoriated
by Jesus in the New.
Embracing the freedom Jesus came to give us softens the
edges of doctrinal positions which define the terms by which we engage with God
and one another, terms which when reduced to paper and interpreted by men,
inevitably become hard-edged and joyless.
Understanding that this dynamic is what drains the vitality from all
denominations over time, we need to allow God to be God
Ultimately, embracing a lifestyle of freedom, we live as
children of the covenant and masters of creation, realizing that we were born
to soar. Unfettered by lifestyle
strictures mandated by theological curmudgeons, we find our wings and take