On Sunday, our Pastor gave a truly fabulous sermon. You have to have a lot of respect for a man who can quote Dostoyevsky and Monty Python in the same sermon. Here’s a link to the pdf file and you can read it in it’s entirety if you are so inclined (click on February 10 sermon). I highly recommend it (the MP quote was an ad-lib it appears*). The basic theme of the sermon was Freedom vs. Security.
Wow. How timely.
We can either have the freedom to make choices, both good and bad, to struggle, and to try to make our lives good. Or we can have security in that someone will take care of us and all of our needs and to protect us from the bad guys. Freedom can be scary. Security is, well, secure. But at what cost?
What are you willing to give up in the name of security? Are you willing to give up your freedom? Jesus wasn’t. When he was tempted in the desert he was tempted with food, safety, and power. But he refused, knowing that if he chose security, he would be Satan’s slave for all eternity.
As I’ve watched the events of the past six and one-half years unfold, I am scared. Not because of some amorphous threat from across the sea. Not because of some rogue state which may or may not have weapons of mass destruction. I am scared that we are allowing our freedoms to slip away one by one because we are more interested in being secure. As we become more “secure”, we give the Powers That Be that much more control over our lives. Who decides when we are secure? Who decides when the threat is gone? How far does it go?
With freedom comes risk. But it’s a risk I am more than willing to take. Jesus agreed; what about you?
*And the ad-lib? Page 2, second paragraph, after the second sentence. He said “Nobody expected it”. See, if you didn’t go back and read it, this makes no sense whatsoever. So go back and read it. You’ll be much happier. 🙂