Sunday, October 02, 2016
The latest craze is chatting about "I'm tired of being good. I want to be free." It appears the definition of "freedom" in this case, is throwing off everyone else's rules. If everyone does that, in their demand for "freedom," then don't we all just end up with anarchy?
This is a false dichotomy. Either/Or. Good or Free. And good is inferred to be - wait for it - NOT good!
Well, folks. whose measure were you using for "good" in the first place? Even Jesus said, "Why do you call me good? There is none good but God." Point being, Jesus was, and is, God. Jesus, the sinless one, died to offer us his life, to invite us into the freedom of rest from our own vain attempts at being good in our own strength and to join him in the freedom granted to those who are called children of God.
If you're looking at yourself, at others, at what you don't have, or don't feel, as the measure of your freedom, you will always ever be swallowing the lie from the serpent in the garden, when he hissed, "Hath God said...?"
Jesus promises, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8)
So, stop trying to be your own measure of "good" or "free" and relax into the life offered: freedom that can't be earned, only accepted.
Picture 1: depositphotos.com #9435306, standard license
Picture 2: sourced online October 2