This is the third part of this wee reflection, the fourth part will follow shortly as it is tied closely with this one.
Here’s an example of how knowing our specific story as the people of God lets us see the world and even words themselves differently
The American government means something very different when it uses the word “freedom” than the Christian community does. The American way of life has been founded on many things, some Christian-esque to be sure, but many things, in my view, overly focused on the individual, innate rights, and the right to happiness. These three ideas run counter to Jesus’ practice of freedom.
Where the Christian community finds freedom is not in our own happiness but in serving God through our neighbor, we find freedom not in our innate rights as human beings but as we give our rights away to Jesus and to others, we find freedom not in fulfilling our individual goals but as we are a part of a community which dares to call itself the Body of Christ. If we do not speak to each other about these distinctions, then we are likely to think that both groups mean the same thing by “freedom.”