O.K., but why?
There are very few things we do or feel that we can’t ask that question of. The toddler “Why” game is annoying partially because it is nearly endless. Nearly every single thing we do, we don’t do for it’s own sake. We do it because it leads to something else which leads to something else which leads to…
I can’t say that things are even all that different in the spiritual realm.
We read the bible.
So we can learn things about God, for example that he wants us to pray. Once we learn this, we begin to pray.
Sometimes, we pray to share our sorrow with God.
Because God wants us to.
You get the picture.
Perhaps this is why Galations 5:1 grabbed me today.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Christ set us free?
Isn’t this circular?
Yes, it is. And what’s the problem with that, exactly?
There is something about freedom that is just so inherently good that being free can’t be explained. It’s so basic that it doesn’t boil down to anything else. There is no why.
How often do we feel set free by Christ?
Early on in our walk with Christ, probably so very often. Later on… maybe not so much. This is a natural time to ask what has became the refrain of this post:
Is it because there are buildings and organizations that call themselves churches, and these buildings sometimes are only distantly related to what they were supposed to be? Do these human, fallen, imperfect organizations masquerade as Christ himself and burden us with the yolk of slavery?
Do we simply forget what our lives were like before Christ?
I don’t know. But I’d be hard pressed to find many other claims, even in the bible, that a thing is so inherently good that we don’t need words to explain it’s basic goodness. There are so many means, and so few ends, it seems like we ought to cling to them, hold on to them, because if we lose what we’re doing things for, everything else is a moot point.