One of the most sacred ideas of authentic Christ followers (if not the most sacred) is the freedom of will and thought. A true follower of Jesus doesn’t just tell you to feel free to have an opinion and to express it, they actually believe you are free to have an opinion and to express it. Without this freedom there are no lovers of God, there is no repentance, there is no choice. Anyone who attempts to steal your freedom in the name of Christ is a thief and has climbed into the sheep pen rather than using the gate Jesus created by shedding His blood.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
People don’t want lines drawn around their lives, they want life. If you think the gospel is a set of rules to keep you in line you’ve missed it altogether. The gospel is a Life drawing you into itself in order to turn you loose into more freedom than you can imagine.
I’m very glad to say my government is not shut down today. My Governor is still at work. His laws are still in effect. His courts are still open. His services still available. His beauty unbarred. His memorial free to view. His economy still active.
The young petite blonde hardly looked the part. Six felony charges against her. She stole from her employer. She used the company credit card to buy makeup. Makeup. Taking the stand on her own behalf, she stood and admitted her crimes. Admitted lying about her theft. The defense asked for leniency and pointed out she was a first time offender – not even a traffic ticket. When she stood to take the oath you could see something else. The 20 year old was 4 months pregnant.
Arguments from prosecution and defense. She paid some restitution. She lied to police. She made a mistake. Her employer suffered a big loss. Stand up. Judgment. 10 years per felony all suspended except for 11 months. And just like that she goes through a door away from everyone and everything. A baby will be born to a prisoner. Life and freedom and judgment and punishment. Temptation and fall. The story of our world told in 15 minutes in a circuit courtroom. Our sad circumstance.