Freedom is transformative.

-President George W. Bush, May 1st, 2008 (Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month)


No matter your political persuasion—or non-persuasion—there is no arguing the effects that freedom can have on a country (of course it’s not so smooth at times or unopposed as we are seeing in other parts of the world—and then there are the blatant abuses of freedom here at home that may very well prove to be the undoing of our great democracy).  More specifically though—I’d like to look at the impact that freedom can have on one solitary human heart.

Like the slave girl that Lincoln purchased (see previous post) and her subsequent decision to stay with him after learning she was free to go where ever she pleased—freedom is a liberating and moving force.  Freedom has the power to transform a life like no other power on earth.  Just ask a prisoner upon their release from prison.

God loves us with a love that sets us free.

 15-16 We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over ‘non-Jewish sinners.’ We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good.   (Galatians 2:15-16, The Message Bible) 

Some of us are up to our eyebrows in legalism—so caught up in the snares of rule-keeping that we don’t even bat an eyelash at it’s death-hold on us anymore.

The religion God promotes is never about rigid rules but it’s always about transforming freedom.