2019 06 30: The Freedom of a Christian

When Martin Luther wrote his little book on the freedom of a Christian, based in large part on Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he wrote that “a Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.” That’s the paradox of Christian freedom, perfectly put. A few days from now, I’ll celebrate the freedom of an American like everyone else watching the fireworks. But when we do, let’s not forget what freedom is for—the freedom of a Christian is the freedom for love, to love the Lord our God and our neighbors as ourselves, and that means the freedom to become the servant of all.