King of Oxymorons

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IMG_1399, a photo by doubleedgedpen on Flickr.

I believe God is a fan of liberty.

In precisely the same way he’s a fan of everything else he created and sustains.

Here’s the kicker, though. He didn’t create individual liberty so that you and I would be free of all constraints or responsibilities. As I read the owner’s manual, I’m not seeing God being a great fan of self-centered individualism.

In the Kingdom, compassionless liberty is king of the oxymorons. The concept simply isn’t there.

We are called to liberty and we are called to service.

We are not compelled to service, either by God or by those God ordains. (Although God does have creative ways of applying pressure. See Jonah. Or Saul.)

We are called. We are given the opportunity. The resources. The empowering.

And the responsibility.

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:13

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