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‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.’ (Galatians 5:1 NIV)
Religion of any stripe is too heavy a burden to bear. There are too many thousands of ‘Christian’ organizations in the world, thousands of religious sects plus countless doctrines, dogmas, laws, rituals and such.
I suppose some folks need all those rules, boundaries, and dare I say ‘chains’ to feel safe. There are people even willing to give up their freedom for security, safety and a place to belong. Some folks enjoy other people making all the decisions for them.
Maybe Adam and Eve got nervous with all their freedom, just loving God and each other. Perhaps they needed more order to their lives. Maybe they wanted to start their own religion. Maybe the intimacy with God made them fearful. So they traded love for the chains of sin. And ever since, humanity has chosen slavery over freedom with Christ. Maybe we find more security in our chains.
There are certainly risks with freedom. Shame and guilt just, to name a couple of self- inflicted consequences when we go it without rules. Jesus gave his life to do away with all rules and regulations and any bondage to the law.
His grace has set us free to love intimately, deeply and widely. Just love. Simply love. Enjoy Christ today under no compulsion or compunction but rather because you have a friend who wants to give himself to you.