The Truth Will Set Us Free – From What?

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There was that time when Jesus cleansed the temple – kicking over chairs, upturning tables, and driving out the money changers. You’re going to have to do this for yourself. Living inside your head are all those religious lies and deceptions that have enslaved you and are a power in your mind. They are constantly doing business in your head – controlling you, limiting you, sabotaging you, and stopping you. Kick them out! Upturn those tables! Toss those chairs! Drive them out of you! – Jim Palmer

I saw this on Facebook and it resonated with my heart. It did the same with a friend of mine… a parent of a gay child, set free from the fundamentalism, legalism and bondage that comes from a church focused on behavior management.

She said, “Now that we are here, can you ever believe we were once there???? UGH!!!”

Amen!

Sometimes freedom is scary. Simply because it is outside of our comfort zone, outside of our box. But that’s okay. When our daughter came out, and we started our journey, it was scary at times. But we soon realized that it was only scary because it was new. And every brief moment of fear was soon followed by a lasting sense of peace and comfort, and then the incredible joy that comes from freedom.

Once you have been set free to live God’s truth, to love how Jesus loved, there is no going back.

Once you have stepped outside of the “religion” box you have been living in, the air outside is so fresh, vibrant, invigorating, life-giving, that there is no part of you that wants to go back inside.

Jesus said that we would know the truth and the truth will set us free. Free from what?

Free from religion.

 

5 thoughts on “The Truth Will Set Us Free – From What?

  1. Is it really “religion” that is the problem, or is it legalism?

    Forgive my nit-picking over semantics, but in the grand scheme of things, Christianity won’t ever not be considered a “religion.”

    • I agree, the problem is legalism. The problem is also religion, which is manmade, and we somehow overlook that Jesus came to dismantle religion, NOT to start Christianity – but I agree that we are not likely to stop calling Christianity a religion anytime soon.

  2. Amen.

    I never understood the staunch organized religions around here.
    I never got all the people going to church on Sundays and then forgetting God during the week. I always questioned this as a child, and it carried over in to adulthood. πŸ™‚ I watched as some worshipped on Sunday and then were not very Christian like in their daily lives? I always grinned when I saw so many dressing up so fancy for Easter Sunday and Christmas services, and then for the most part, never went back to church for the rest of the year. In fact as an adult, a few times, I rebelled and refused to go on Easter and Christmas, just to prove a point. Ha! I know, not mature. πŸ™‚
    Through the eyes of a child I saw this.
    I also experienced at a young age, a white church and a black church, right across the street from each other. As a child I thought, we are all Christians, why don’t we have one big church to worship in? I was too young at the time and did not know about southern segregation. Sigh.
    In fact in this southern city, I went to an all girls, public school, for elementary school. The Christians wanted the girls and the boys separate so as not to distract from study. Sigh. Yep, not too long ago. Oh my…….

    My mother was a huge influence in the view I have of being a Christian and what it means. Love God, Love others. We do not dress for others in the church, we go to church to worship God. Jesus said, come as you are. Pray, and ask God, you will have to work that out with him. ( Raised Lutheran by a German mom)

    I was in culture shock when I was around a few Baptist friends and heard women could not be pastors/preachers. What?, how backwards, I thought. Wow.

    Now, reading so much more and following Jesus out side of the church, for the most part, as I always have, it really makes me feel like I was ahead of my time with this Jesus thing. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    As I study more about the Bible, I wonder just how important is church and the church family?
    Yes, I too am a work in progress. Sigh
    I am open to answers and suggestions for study.

    All of this kind of reminds me of quick sand, the more one struggles the more one sinks. Just relax in his Grace and you will rise to the top. ( I hope you are saving these Susan, they come and go) HA!

    Love Jim Palmers perspectives………..it is Christianity in the raw!!!! πŸ™‚

    • Love this perspective too, Samantha! Yes indeed, children see these things unencumbered by “societal norms.” “Come to me like little children,” Jesus said. πŸ™‚ didn’t Jesus’ people always flourish outside the established religion, starting with Acts? Best to you on this journey!

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