Freedom

Have you read anything recently that you have really appreciated? LICC (The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) were inspired by the wondrous good news of Christ for all of life. Their founders, John Stott and friends, saw how difficult it was for Christians to make the connection between the living Word of God and the challenges they faced out in his world, They were determined to tackle it head-on. They have many significant publications and their latest, Whole Life Whole Bible,makes helpful reading. The book can be read as a whole or you can subscribe to daily extracts. Here is one quote . ..

Then he said, ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me’– the beginning of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2–3). Far from bringing about a new bondage, these commandments restored to the Israelites everything that slavery in Egypt had damaged and destroyed – freedom from pagan gods, freedom to work with dignity and take time off, freedom to maintain proper family relationships, freedom to construct a framework of law and order, freedom to own houses and livestock and to honour the ownership of others. The commandments were addressed in the singular to individuals in community, each one having the responsibility to maintain the conditions for all to flourish. And, since they had already been released from slavery, the commandments described the lifestyle of the redeemed, not the means of their redemption.

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