If you asked out loud at the pool or office, “Are personal freedom and autonomy really working for people in our society today?” I have no doubt that you would get some shocked, alarmed, and bewildered looks.
Personal freedom and autonomy are two of the foundational pillars and core values of our culture today. They are also two of our greatest hopes, e.g., “Oh, the lives we would enjoy and the stresses that would be lifted if only we had more personal freedom and autonomy to live the lives we dream of!”
But neither personal freedom or autonomy have delivered on their promises. It’s clear as we look around that “the pursuit of happiness” is like chasing rainbows with increasing loneliness along the way and disappointment at the end. That’s how idols work. They make big promises, they get us hooked, but they can’t really deliver – only disappoint and trap.
This Sunday, and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we come to a passage that rings strange to our modern liberated ears, but one that also strangely resonates with our innate sense of love, dignity, and purpose. Given all the celebration of God’s radical grace and warnings about the bondage of “trying to be good,” Galatians 5:1-15 is strangely disorientating and reorientating, So, take some time to reflect, meditate, and ponder on Galatians 5:1-15 today and tomorrow morning as you prepare for worship.
I look forward to worshipping with you this week!
Yours in Christ’s love,