The people were arguing about their freedoms: “I’m free! Free from traditions, from legalism, from laws and rituals and rules: what to eat, how to worship, the way to live.”
Paul says, “Yes, you’re free. But you can use your freedom as a license to sin, or you can invest your freedom in a license for mission.” You are not free to do what YOU want; you’re now free to do what GOD wants!
Instead of saying, “I am free to do whatever I want to,” Paul says in effect, “I am free from the cultural boundaries. ambitions, morays and morals of any given society. So I am free now to connection with every society, free to connect with every culture, and every people group. I am free then to build a bridge for the Gospel so that I can share the truth and love of Jesus with many cultures. I use my freedom for mission.”
- One is a freedom that serves SELF.
- The other is a freedom that serves GOD by serving others.
- One is a freedom used as a license for self and sin.
- The other is a freedom used a license for mission and loving people.
Paul writes with great reflection, “I have become all things to all people that by all things possible I may win some.”
Theologians call this Contextualization.
This wise outlook is what it takes to for the church to change the world.
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“Every Christian is a missionary, or an imposter.”
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 9:1-23
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