Find God, discover liberty.
Stumble upon liberty, see God.
It was something that the Apostle Paul said. He equated God and liberty–an inseparable pair.
He also went on to intelligently point out that human beings initially use their liberty to generate sins of the flesh.
Yes, they do.
It does not matter. Just as free will is more important than love and law, liberty is the evidence that free will is in motion.
So what is reasonable? We deal with two dangers:
- Being so meticulous in trying to control people’s choices that we suppress human passion deep inside, where it becomes perverted;
- Or there is the danger of having an “anything goes” philosophy, which makes people think they have a free pass, creating equal peril.
Being reasonable is understanding what your job is, doing it well, and not assigning yourself the mission of quality control for others.
As human beings, we have two areas where we can interact with each other without fear or intimidation: the heart and the spirit.
At any time, I can cross paths with each and every one of you, and as long as I am trying to help you feel deeply about life or encouraging you to increase your faith, I am on solid turf, free of being a condemning force.
Yet I will tell you that your mind and your morals are your business and your business alone. I have no authority to control your thinking nor judge your choices.
The church should take this position.
We need to trust that exploding good emotion with spiritual renaissance is enough to allow human beings to renew their own minds and define their morality.
I have no intention of taking these daily essays which flow from my heart and do anything but stir your emotions and touch your spirit. It is up to you to use them to replace ideas in your brain and to reference your own behavior.
As long as we think we control the minds and morals of those around us, we are not only annoying to our brothers and sisters … but completely out of the will of God.
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