Come…barbaric, Go…civilized

Come, Go…

Exodus 10: 1-13:16

Jeremiah 46:13-28

Romans 12: 1-8

I Corinthians 11: 20-34

Come to the end of the season of bondage, Go into the beginning of the season of freedom.  Place a sign of freedom on your hand so that you will remember what you are living for.  Put a symbol of freedom on your forehead so that you will regard what is worth dying for.  But first…know when “freedom” actually granted and once it is granted, know what “freedom” is meant to be used for; else you will forfeit it the moment the shackles have been removed.


The Barbarian Platform Allows Room For Mutiny 


Every morning in all schools across the nation, students pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States.  Well, not everyone.  You see, some students come and learn about the freedom of America and then go deciding that they are free to not pledge allegiance to the nation that allows them the freedom to do so.  Some of them remain in their seats out of sheer laziness because they think that it is cool to rebel against anything that anyone has revered.  Others remain loyal to their native lands and demonstrate this loyalty by avoiding the pledge.  And this is not a problem because in America, where freedom is subjective, there is no penalty for building your own platform.



The Civilized Platform Enforces The Agreed Upon Rules 


However, in the Kingdom of God, freedom is not based on your opinion.  Freedom means “civilized” and bondage means “barbaric”.  Freedom means that you are allowed to interact using your own judgment, your own methods, your own principals, so long as they support the platform of the kingdom in which you are a citizen.  And, it is pretty non-negotiable.  You can’t live the way you want to live and stay “free”.


Moses tells the people how it is going to go.  They don’t vote on whether or not God will plague the land of bondage.  It has been pre-determined.  The only thing to decide on now is whether you will stay in that land.  The text tells us that a great multitude went up out of Egypt.  There weren’t just Israelites.  There was a mix multitude who decided to believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was worth pledging allegiance to.  Perhaps they didn’t decide that loyalty because they loved him, or that they knew the history; perhaps it was fear that provoked the movement.  But fear was enough.


Life Is The Civilized Choice, But It Is Going To Cost You Your Barbaric Ways 



When a helicopter or an airplane shows up to airlift you out of a nation that is being destroyed, you don’t have time to think about whether or not you want to go.  You don’t have the time to reminisce about how things use to be in your old town or what it will be like in the new community.  You only have a moment to decide one thing:  Do I want to live or do I want to die?  Depending on what you decide in that instant will determine your next step and your future citizenship.


It is a wise choice to choose life even if it is only fear that motivates you.  But the great multitude that chose to live rather than to die may not realize yet what citizenship in this new kingdom will cost them.  They are not going to be given the option of staying in their seat during the pledge in this new kingdom, because the contract was already signed on the door.  In a civilized kingdom, the barbaric will obey the rules, and that is the only way they remain free.



Reading for the Week of 1/30/10

When He Sent…

Exodus 13:17-17:16

Judges 4:4-5:31

John 6:22-40


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