Christ invested much of His ministry rebuking the “cookie cutter” religion of His day, modeled by the Sadducees, Pharisees and the molded practice of the Scribes. He took a whip to the money changers of the day and to the rest offered scathing verbiage. He took this line of teaching/leading to help people who were being held hostage to unbiblical “tradition.” Even Fiddler on the Roof does the same.
My “unlikely” source today was a noted Frenchman of his day, the illegitimate son a Sailor. He was the modern father of “nothingness.” He was also a Marxist to the core. Yet he expressed a number of wise saying, all of which have roots in the Bible.
Take note of this:
“We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us." Jean-Paul Sartre.
The modern version of the above, is to say, “Break out of the box!”
From pre-birth to demise, we are exposed to varied pressures to be this or that, and none of these pressures have our best interest at heart. The pressure may be from an alcoholic mother while you are still in the womb, a domineering mean spirited father/stepfather, or, God forbid, a petty preacher, who really thinks he or she is the living measure of all things. Even Paul taught to be like him only as he emulated Jesus Christ.
The entire concept of redemption as found in scripture deals with a move of the Holy Spirit that sets radical change in process, a process that is tearing down the old conformation to this or that and by God’s working transforms the believer into the wonderful person the Lord made him or her to be for the glory of Jesus Christ.
In learning to “break the false bands of enslavement” we must drink deeply of the truth of Jesus Christ who assured us that we can and must “know the truth that makes us free,” John 8:32, the truth in Christ we genuinely enter into a higher realm of living a life that is in reality a preparation for eternity.
Attempting to live a “breakout life” without a goal of what to become is an exercise in the futility mentioned in Romans 8 without the also mentioned “deliverance.”
Romans 8:20 “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” has its roots in the Roman’s passage.
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