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May 24, 2018
"You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." -John 8: 31-36
In a recent article in Christian Century titled, "True Evangelical Hope," former President Jimmy Carter was asked: "What do you think is the most misunderstood aspect of Christianity in our society today?" His answer: "That having faith is like forcing ourselves into something the size of a telephone booth. That faith restricts us on all sides with mandates and rules."
Long ago, in the days of telephone booths, one had to open a folding door just to get in. When the door was closed, there was no moving about, save to move the holes of the rotary dial and place coins in the slot. People believe that faith is as constricting as being in a telephone booth.
Not so, says Carter. Faith is freedom. Yet, like the children of Israel in the promised land, we sometimes long for Egypt, where we were slaves. Is it possible that we choose to be slaves? To live in a telephone booth? Yes, indeed. What constrains you? Not enough money? Enough time? Conflicts and misunderstandings? Failures? These are things we can let go of.
In faith, we can walk out of our telephone booths and give these things to God. Then we can venture out to ventures we will not see completed, to paths untrodden, even to perils unknown. With hope and confidence, not knowing where we go, but always knowing God’s hand is leading us and God’s grace supporting us.