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MOVING BEYOND THE GUILT TRAP AND CLAIMING OUR CHRISTIAN FREEDOM

by Ted Schmidt

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters…if you are not led by the Spirit you are subject to the law.
Galatians 5:134, 18.

The need for a romanticized image of Jews for Christian identity and renewal is rarely discussed. Perhaps that is why Christians respond so easily to Jewish pressure. Would the realization that Jews are neither to be demonized nor romanticized force a re-evaluation of Christian identity and renewal?
Marc Ellis in Practicing Exile.

One of the liberating benefits of the Christian life is freedom in Christ. Before the four gospels were written, Paul gave us this powerful Gospel in his epistle to the Galatians. Unfortunately, this gift is too seldom exercised in the Christian community. We often find ourselves for many reasons –fear of criticism, unpopularity, careerism– trampling our consciences and remaining silent in the presence of grave injustice and overwhelming oppression.

     Fortunately, we have countless examples of brave Christians who saw through the smog of cultural conformity and societal blindness to proclaim in spirit and truth, this
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