It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day, a Reflection on John 8:31-36

We in America celebrate today as our Independence Day, a remembrance and celebration of our ability to decide what our laws would be, to decide who would make those laws. Our founders declared us free. That is, our laws would no longer be decided by the British Parliament but rather right here on our side of the ocean.

But, that's not all there is to freedom--whether the legislature is local or distant.

Jesus says, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

He's not talking about who decides how much taxes somebody pays on what. He's talking about being free from the power of sin. "It's not your ancestry that determines your freedom," Jesus said. "If the Son makes you free, you will be freed indeed."

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