The notion of freedom. What am I free for? This makes me think of Bonhoeffer's insights on costly grace. As an activist for social justice I often get bogged down and muddied by the righteous indignity of the oppressed. "We have a right to be free!" We say. "This is unjust, unthinkable, unconsciousable." However, the idea of freedom for something goes far beyond survival. It conjures up an image of a people with a purpose, a unique and integral purpose even, a people who are needed in this time and on this earth. What dignity that returns to the oppressed. What a costly freedom it is to be be free for something. I'd like to be charged with stewarding that freedom more than I am.
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