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A Note from the Pastor

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. (John 8:32)

If the Son has set you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV)

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,through love become slaves to one another.the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. (Galatians 5:13-15)

A Christian is the freest Lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone (Martin Luther)

The “Fourth,” is upon us. It is one of the big three summer holidays on the secular calendar and is one of the biggest celebrations on the calendar in the United States. Of course, I mean July 4th, the day we remember our founding fathers’ declaration of independence from England and King George. It is a day for celebrating our country and all that it stands for. It is a day for family and friends, food and drink, and often involves a pilgrimage to a large body of water.

On Independence Day we talk about freedom. Freedom is a huge topic, so for our purposes we will talk only about Christian Freedom. Christian freedom is about being free from sin, free from the law, free from shame, free from condemnation, free from death hell and the grave. Christian freedom is not just freedom from something, but freedom to something. We are free to worship God without fear (Luke 1:73), free to love, free to serve, free to give ourselves to God, and free to give our lives for one another.

Lutherans love paradox, and the quote from Luther above is no exception. We are totally free, but we are also bound to one another through love. “Do not use your freedom as a license for self-indulgence,” Paul says, and, “all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.” (1 Corinthians 6:12a KJV) Through Christ we are truly free from the law and its penalties, but we are constrained by the command of Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus was free to stay in heaven, free to slay his enemies with a word, free to destroy all in his path. But Jesus limited his freedom for the sake of the world, he emptied himself, taking on the form of a servant…and was obedient to the point of death. (Philippians 2)

In Jesus, God frees us from fear about our salvation and our worthiness. We are made worthy through the cross of Christ. And so we are free to serve God and our neighbor with joy.

As we celebrate our freedom this year, let us do so with strength! (Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV)                  

Peace y’all, Pastor Allen