Hello Out There – Let’s Go With Freedom

7 Oct

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Good Morning,

According to the stats on my blog site, one person is viewing this blog.  Hi, Phyllis.

Anyway,  I am going to try to blog more consistently, especially since the Orioles are done for the season.

I left you have part of the way into Romans 6.  Paul is constructing a Christians theology out of the stories of Jesus, and his experience of indwelling of the Divine.  I love the way Eugene Peterson paraphrases Romans 6:12-18

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.

From Peterson’s paraphrase, I wonder what I am giving a vote in conducting my life?  Fear, Anger, Old Pain, New Slights.  If I consider that I want the freedom of God, the resurrection power of the Divine to rule my life, then I had better knock out all that other stuff the wrangles it’s way into my choices.

“Sin can’t tell me how to live.”  Maybe that should be our mantra for the day.  Or think of it this way, caterpillar ways are not useful for a butterfly.  So live like the people that God has created us to be, in this new life in Christ.  Which brings us to Paul’s next point, and people’s propensity. . . Wanting to do whatever we want.

15-18 So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!

One of the wonderful gift of our Christian faith is the pairing of freedom and servant-hood.  We are free to be God’s children and serve the Divine creation.  This would be really hard to wrap our heads around if we didn’t have the example of Jesus of Nazareth.  It is that life that show the beautiful rhythm of freedom in God and serve to others.

We have a really cool faith.  Enjoy this days journey.  Peace,

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2 Responses to “Hello Out There – Let’s Go With Freedom”

  1. Nicole Alvarez October 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Hi Mary, I am still here too. I don’t read every post, but I at least skim them!

    Nicole

  2. Phyllis Terwilliger October 8, 2015 at 2:31 am #

    Hi Mary!

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