07 October 2015

Music that Moves Me – Freedom

Greetings Dear Reader,

There is a great deal of talk these days about freedom.  It seems that freedom is claimed but it has an all-important twin that gets left behind; responsibility.  We think that we are free but we forget that we do not control much at all.  We are still bound to the laws of the universe.  We still answer to God whether we accept it or not. 

Freedom is found in obedience.  It is the other side of the coin of responsibility.  It is a train traveling on the tracks.  We cannot get free of this truth without somehow derailing our lives.  Freedom is not “I can do whatever I wish.”  We do have free will and can choose to follow or not follow Christ.  That does not make us free from the consequences of our choices.

We do not like the idea that we do not get to do whatever we wish without responsibility or consequence.  Our choices are what define us.  What follows is often the consequence of our choices.  When we seek to be free without responsibility for those consequences it rarely turns out good.

I must live in the freedom that comes from obedience.  I must accept the responsibility that comes with that freedom.   I must be free in Christ not independent of him.  I cannot ignore or marginalize the commands of Christ to appear socially acceptable.  I cannot ignore them to fit in with Christians who have forgotten the commands of Christ.

Freedom is only found in following.  I can only be free if I am committed to Christ and following him with my whole heart.  I can only be free if my motivation is to love God and his creations with all my heart.  I want to be free but only in the right way.

If You Want to Get Free – Waterdeep

In the gas station bathroom by the condom machine
I heard the word of the Lord
He said "Take off your shoes,
this is holy ground too
you know I came for the sick and the bored."
Beneath the selling of beers
And the welling up of tears
Out beyond the beam of the remote control
There's a whispering voice
That the humble ear ears
that says "I am still waiting
for you to ask just to be made whole."

And the bush it was burning on the mountain top
and though the leaves never blackened, the fire didn't stop
That's the way that it works in this old life of sin
You gotta let the fire burn you just to get clean within

I am so often deterred from my actual intent
by distractions in a cellophane wrap
And the cruel voice that taunts me when I open them up
to find just one more box full of crap
It's where you're mocked while you abstain
and then cursed when you give in
It's all a game that's impossible to beat
But there's a peaceful refrain God'll sing in your brain
when you put the nails to your hands and your feet

And the smell of our sacrifices
still fills up my head
There's just a few left at the altar, Lord
all the rest of them fled
And we've cried and we've tried
We've sweat and we've bled
But we don't just need atonement
We need to be raised from the dead

When they took down the cross from that dark hillside
The blood on their hands was the blood from his side
That's the way that it works, That's the way it must be.
You gotta let His blood stain you of you want to get free
If you want to get free
Don't you want to get free?
I think you want to be free.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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