Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
As many of you would expect, this July column will focus on FREEDOM. I affirm our gratitude for all of God’s blessings to us for the many ways in which we thrive in a culture of freedom. However, let us not give in to the danger of a limited type of thinking that can lead us to assume:
- we are better than everyone else in the world;
- America is a Christian nation deserving divine protection;
- non-Americans/non-Christians are outside of God’s grace.
I invite us to consider that this type of thinking is at the core of the distrust – and even hostility – across the aisles of our politicians, and across the aisles of our hallways and conversations. If our definition of freedom is limited to our values, our faith, our life style, our understanding of God, then we become vulnerable to the viewpoints which created the likes of the Holocaust, and continue in the forms of the current hate crimes, and our own bigotry against anyone who is not like “us.”
I invite us to consider happenings in Crimea, Pakistan, North Korea, Sudan, Brazil, Iran, Florida – to name a few – where freedom is being defined on a most limited scope.
Then I encourage us to place those limited definitions alongside the true meaning of our American belief: “All (people) are created equal;” …and what the Christian Scripture states: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
On July 4, and every day, may we be intentional advocates for freedom for all of God’s children everywhere in the world – not just for us. Thank God for the gift of grace offered to us, which we are to share with EVERYONE.