For if we would judge ourselves we would not be judged” (1 Corinthians 11:31 NKJV).

Is there any traveler who does not get impatient with airport security lines and procedures? Those add extra hours to every trip as well as additional stress and fatigue. I always tell myself (and mean it) that I don’t care what I have to go through as long as it is making me and others safer, but I still get tired and sometimes a little impatient. After all, those lines can be very long and there are often multiple procedures to endure. It adds up quickly.

In a perfect world, such travails would be unnecessary. There would be no terrorists to commit atrocities upon the innocent. Every traveler would be innocent of evil intent and willing to comply with standards of safe and honest conduct. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Of course we know that the world we live in is just not like that. Sin and evil exist. Bad things happen. And we must take precautions and endure some limits to our comfort and freedom because of them. We don’t like it, but it simply is what it is. Continue reading “Self-discipline”

Living under liberty

The smell of gun powder, the sudden loud boom as colors fill the sky, another Fourth of July celebration arrives.  While cookouts and fireworks will dominate the day, the reason for the celebration is liberty.

In 1776 freedom meant an end to English taxation and governing authority. Yet, liberty poses dangers. How will the liberated live? With British law removed, it took over a decade for the new nation to hammer out a Constitution defining the principles that would govern American liberty.

In a similar way, since Christ has released us from the burden of seeking to be justified by the Law (Galatians 2:16-17; 5:1), we too encounter the dangers of freedom. Does this freedom empower every whim? How can we know how to live without the Law’s guidance?

Continue reading “Living under liberty”