Contemplation on a July 4 morning leads to thoughts about our Nation, Justice, and Freedom. It is a blessing given us by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution that we live under the Rule of Law, which ensures Freedom and Justice for all. These two ideas of the USA go hand-in-hand. Freedom without Justice leads to anarchy, and Justice without Freedom leads to a police state. What a delicate balance we practice.
In the Christian church, Grace and Law are held in balance. Grace without Law leads to what Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace.” And Law without Grace leads to legalism within the Christian community.
When freedom and justice is denied for one, it is denied for all. Freedom and Justice is for all, or it is for none. No grey areas here.
Happy Independence day. Pastor Jeff