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“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 As a father, I delight to see my children make their own decisions. God is the same way. He wants to see us choose. He made us creative; He wants to see us create. He gave us the gift of flight; He w…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

“Where the spirit of the Lord
is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians
3:17

As a father, I delight to see my children make their own
decisions. God is the same way. He wants to see us choose. He made us creative; He wants to see us
create. He gave us the gift of flight;
He wants to see us soar.

Life seems to conspire against the exercise of our
freedom. Whenever we organize a
government, it begins to encroach on our ability to choose. Yesterday I learned that Rudolf’s (a local
restaurant) had to close down its live music piano bar because the permits cost
too much. Instead they have to use a
player piano.

The church similarly over time is inevitably run by law-making
bureaucrats who define theology and praxis ever more narrowly until the
abundant life Jesus promised becomes a thin gruel and a crust of bread.

Every new generation has the opportunity to fight for and
win its freedoms all over again. It is
inevitable that the rule-makers will rise up and find ways to circumscribe
freedom. Judicious, Spirit-led rule
makers, though they be few, will occasionally fight back and seek an
appropriate balance. They must be
nurtured and applauded for their courage.

Comment

  • Seth, I watched Braveheart (as I work on the warrior journal) again today, with the commentary on, and I am not sure who said it, but they were talking about William Wallace: “he would rather shed every drop of his own blood than compromise an inch” sounds like our saviour huh? With Wallace’s last word: FREEDOM!

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