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What is the 'Land of the Free?'


As we approach Independence Day, July 4, it’s a good time to reflect on what we mean by ‘free.’  Just a few short weeks ago, we celebrated Juneteenth and the delayed freedom of Texas slaves. 

 

Both days honor the freedom of a people.  The irony of the need to free a supposedly already free people on a June day is not lost.  It’s been said that history may not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.  Which asks us to consider who’s still not ‘free’ in our country today.  What types of bondage—real and metaphorical—hold back our sisters and brothers?  And what are we—those of us who claim to be free—what are we being called to do to break the chains that are holding back our beloved ‘neighbor?’ 

 

Jesus said…” If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”   (NRSV, John 8:31-32).


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