King of Oxymorons

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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

‘Unto the least…’

Homeless-Hungry“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”

Matthew 25:34-40