Reviewing and renewing Biblical faith through story and study

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Freedom in Christ - Pastor's Perspective - July 30

This Sabbath Pr Kevin Amos joins us to explore “Freedom in Christ” with us. Are you free? Free to love? Free to obey? Free to tell the truth? I watched “Tuesday’s With Maurie” this week and was struck by a poem quoted by Maurie. I would like to share a portion of the poem, by W.H. Auden. It really spoke to me.

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

No matter who we are, there are two basic truths this poem reveals. We each have a voice. And we all need love. Live without exercising either and you are not really living. You are hiding… from something. But, find your voice and express your love and then you will be like Jesus. He had a lot to say – a lot to heal, a lot to correct, and a lot of love. Jesus was free. Truly free. Free to tell stories. Free to confront evil. Free to love sinners. Free. Completely free. He knew, “We must love one another or die.” And he died. And he loved. So you could be free. Be free!