6/13/2011

Living in the freedom of God means life

Wednesday June 29th, Romans 6: 12-14 That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don't give it the time of day. Don't even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you've been raised from the dead!—into God's way of doing things. Sin can't tell you how to live. After all, you're not living under that old tyranny any longer. You're living in the freedom of God. Sin in America is often defined what you do. To ask people on the street you would get an answer relating to breaking of one of the ten commandments, though for most Americans it would have to have something to do with sex. When some public figure breaks one of the ten commandments, what the “self-proclaimed righteous” often do is find loopholes to condemn a public figure they don’t agree with and loopholes to let themselves off the hook. Sin however is that which separates us from God. It can be one thing for one person and quiet another for someone else. Living in the freedom of God means we are free from the game playing of finding loopholes whether they be for condemning others or freeing ourselves. Using a loophole to feel free simply means you have moved the loophole noose from your ankle to your neck. Living in the freedom of God means that we sometimes “sin.” Sometimes it is in the eyes of others, and sometimes in the eyes of God, but we know we also are forgiven. Sometimes we even sin in the process of working for justice, which God calls us to do. Living in the freedom of God means we keep our eye on God and God’s calling and if we fall along the way, which we do all the time, we also know God will pick up us and dust off our knees and send us on our way again. Living in the freedom of God means in the words of Luther, to sin boldly, but rejoice more boldly still. Living in the freedom of God means life.

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