“5 But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
“32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
So, now you know. Don’t lie, steal, kill, envy, lust, hate, etc., but instead love, be obedient, serve. That truth will set you free.
Yada yada yada. I’ve heard it all before. Put me on the do not call list please.
Wait! Don’t hang up!
Let’s give this more than lip service for a second and look at it from the grass level and from 30k feet.
From 30k, imagine that we weren’t stealing, there was no infidelity, no porn, no killing, that we loved the one who gave us our morals. Think the world might be a different place? Think it might be a bit better, even all the way down to the ghetto, down to the slums, down to your neighborhood crack house (well, there’s probably not a crack house in YOUR neighborhood), down to those who live by the dump so they can get food?
You betcha. So why don’t we? What’s the problem with living by the 10 commandments? Probably the onerous “walk in obedience” to God part. We’re soooo beyond that part of our history. I’ll tell you we’ve never tried it the way God asks us to. Look at the results. Are they worthy of our lofty opinion of ourselves?
From the grass it looks like walking past the beggar, looks like turning up the tv and closing all the drapes, looks like “let the government deal with it”. How about if everyone that was doing ok took several hours a week to give a hand up to someone who wasn’t? Think that might make a difference? But who can dedicate a couple of hours a week when we’re soooo busy doing our own life? Really.
That’s the crux of the matter: who comes first, you or God? The answer is me, you, us, we all come way before God on our to do list. The results of that are the world we live in today.
From grass roots to high theory, when we put ourselves first before God, we end up with a world like we have now. It’s just the way it goes when we lead, because we come first. It’s how we’re wired. Survival of the fittest. It’s not God’s plan, so quit blaming him for our problems.
So, how does the whole thing of obedience, honoring, serving, loving set you free? Let’s just do some deduction here: are you free now? Can you go anywhere and do anything without fear? No, we lock our cars, lock our homes, open carry – all because we live in fear. Is it working? We know that not following the words of the bible leads to the world we have now. Following the words of the bible, we can deduce, will likely lead us to freedom we’re seeking, even if it means obedience.
Dreaming, I know. But why? Why am I the dreamer? Because we’ll never do what God asks? We’ll never follow God? Why not? Are we to good for that?
Truth. The truth is we can’t handle the truth. But the truth will set me free, as it will you, and us, and them. Set me free from the bonds of me. Set me free to create a little bit of heaven here on earth and have God work through me, in the way He calls us to work.
Love and obedience will set you free, it’ll set us all free.