Text: Galatians 5:1,13-26
Speaker: Joel Miller
This week our nation celebrates its birthday. There’s fireworks, there’s food, there’s commentary on where we’re at as a country, now 243 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Freedom is a big word for us, from a big idea. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
That’s worked out pretty well for white, male, property owners. The struggle for equal freedoms and opportunities is a major part of the history of our country.
Also this week is the biennial national convention of Mennonite Church USA – in Kansas City this year – in which we exercise our collective freedom-to-be-frugal by having the event during one of the cheapest convention weeks of the year. But it’s still not cheap. This year we’ll send 13 people to convention, with strong financial support from the congregation. Thank you.
Many, many years ago – almost 2000 – the Apostle Paul had freedom on his mind. It’s a central theme in his epistle, which is a fancy...