From the Pastor

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

– Galatians 5:13

As we approach July our minds turn to the holiday on the 4th. Independence day is a sacred day for most Americans. We celebrate the birth of our country with picnics, barbeques, baseball, fun, and fireworks. It is a day most of us pause to think of the freedoms we are endowed with as those who are citizens of this nation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of freedom. He said, in essence, that Americans cherish four freedoms: the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear. These, and many more freedoms, we celebrate on Independence Day. They remind us that we live in nation that has an opportunity for all to be free.

As Christians we too look to freedom in our life with Jesus. St. Paul, in Galatians, wrote that that we are called to freedom in how we know God in Jesus and how, in knowing God, we are free from all that keeps us down, depressed, and despairing. In God we are free in our life in Jesus so that we can walk in faith and live in grace in our world. He says that we are not to use our freedom for the flesh. It is not to be used for our own gain or own desires but to love and to serve one another. Freedom is not for our own private desires and wants, but It is to be used to help other folks, maybe who do not know that they are loved, that they are set free in love to love in God and in Jesus can speak freely, worship openly, find all they need in God, and not walk in fear but in faith daily, because Jesus lived for, died for, and was raised for us to know freedom and live that freedom in love in our world daily. As Christians, and as Americans, we are a free people. In this freedom we can help others to know freedom too by battling injustice, offering grace, praying for new life, and helping folks to know their worth in God as we live a life of free love and peace in Jesus.

I hope your holiday is filled with time to be with family and friends as you celebrate freedom and reflect on the way you are free, as an American and as a child of God.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Jim