I am in the process of reading a book by Steve Brown called “Three Free Sins”. It challenges many of the false concepts in Christianity that have become entrenched in Evangelical culture. I will write a complete review when I am done with it. Suffice to say, it will make you think about what you believe is true.
Steve Brown has been a mentor to me for about 17 years (without his knowledge), and his teaching has been the inspiration for a lot of what I write on the church. He has even reached out to me and encouraged me when I was being attacked by some in the church. His teaching also moved me from rabid fundamentalist Republican to obnoxious Progressive Christian Democrat. The latter I am sure will not make him happy, since he claims to be right of President Reagan.
So reading his book today, Good Friday, has brought me to contemplate once again the meaning of the cross.
If you are a Christian today you are free, really free because of what happened this day over 2000 years ago, All of yours and my sins were eradicated. Not just the past sins, or the present sins, but all future sins. You are free. Our relationship with God was secured through what Jesus did on the cross, and God’s righteousness became our righteousness, and God’s holiness became our holiness because of Jesus and the cross. More than that, all the promises of God toward His people will come to pass for us because of Jesus.
God is not mad at us anymore!
In fact He is “quite fond of us!”
The cross of Jesus was God’s ultimate expression of love for His creations, us.
God loves us unconditionally, and completely, and he pours out His grace and mercy on us every day. We are free! Free to live and become what He has created us to be, free to risk, and fail. Free to love people unconditionally, without strings, or agendas And yes, free to even choose to sin because we have been forgiven.
But the more we walk in this amazing freedom and love, the less we might feel like sinning.
No more striving to be good, perfect, or holy. No making ourselves sick over the fact that we are not holy, or righteous, or good enough for God. We aren’t and we never will be! And we don’t have to be. No more seeking “a blessing” from God by rigid obedience, or giving our money to a religious TV charlatan. God says yes and amen to everything we need because of Jesus.
We can’t ever measure up…stop trying, and let the love of God in Jesus bring you peace.