i think this is worth repeating from our teaching time this past sunday morning:
one of the most precious freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the united states is our freedom of speech. untold lives of honorable men and women died while sacrificing themselves on battlefields since the founding of our great country…establishing and protecting our right to be able to believe and say pretty much anything we want…whenever we want.
one man died on the cross to give his followers an infinitely greater freedom…the freedom from sin and self-righteousness.
just because we have the freedom to say whatever we want, doesn’t mean we should use it. just because soldiers died to protect my right to speak out on whoever and whatever i think is wrong, doesn’t mean i‘m required to exercise that freedom.
jesus died to free me from self to live life in a different way. christ’s followers are commanded to give honor (respect, value, esteem, worth) to people…all people…simply because they are made in the image of the creator. we give honor, not because people have earned it or deserve, but because they need it. we all do.
god’s freedom is vastly superior to anything won on a human battlefield.
so live like it.