Center for Religious Freedom...
(HT: Gideon Strauss)
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free". The idea that true virtue only follows freedom and internal motivations is central to Christianity as opposed to Statist ideas of virtue or for example Islam's actual effect of social driven or honor driven virtue. Social and political fear does not produce virtue.
I am celebrating not being "the Man" this fourth of July. The hope is that the freedom from all social obligation and pursuit that is central to the cultivation of virtue just may have a sanctifying effect on my soul.
The Gospel like no other mesage centers on the sancifying effect of freedom. "The Law Paul says is not for the righteous but the unrighteous". Dallas Willard says God desires for us to do whatever we want. The point is the same, since we are filled with God's Spirit, if we are free of all fear of any reprisal we will be free to be truly virtuous as we follow our first love in the Spirit. Let the love out!!!!