June 14

You who love the Lord, hate evil. Psalm 97:10

For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish.  As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. 1 Peter 2:15-16.

The American artist, Norman Rockwell  did a series of paintings known as the Four Freedoms.  The paintings refer to President Franklin Roosevelt’s state of the union speech in January 1941 where he articulated these four freedoms as future goals for the United States and for the world.  The four goals are:  freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

We are indeed fortunate to live in this country of ours where at least two of these goals are a reality. Unfortunately,  freedom from want and freedom from fear are not realities for many people in our country and throughout the world.  And as the poster says, “freedom is not free.”  Men and women the world over give up their lives in the name of freedom.

“Free is an oft-used word in the English language.  Free thinker, free-born, freeloader, free lance, Freemason.  All of these freedoms suggest liberation from obstructions, barriers, biases or beliefs.

Think of the college student, diploma in hand, thinking “ I’m free.”

Our scripture for today reads, “as servants of God, live as free people.”  What does that mean for us ?

God has given us the free gift of grace.  But we know that it is not cheap grace. Christ died for us so that we might be free from the law of sin and death.  We are free to live as children of our heavenly father.  But our freedom in Christ carries with it responsibility. We cannot do anything we want. Guided by the Holy Spirit , we are to do justice and walk humbly with our God. 

Merciful God, hear our prayer.  Give us wisdom.  As we live freely in this world , show us your will, keep us free from evil, help us to do good.  Thank you for your love surrounding us at this very minute. Amen 

Joan Perlich