With Independence Day having just passed, I can't help but think about the idea of freedom. There have been many times in my own life where I've stumbled into the mindset of "I can't do this because I'm a Christian." Recently a friend of mine who had just accepted Christ asked, "So can I not do this anymore now that I'm a Christian?" I thought about this for a little while and realized that the question he asked is one that a lot of us still find ourselves asking from time to time. The truth is there are things that, as followers of Christ, we shouldn't be doing. But it's not for the sake of being obedient to some religious law; in fact, Jesus himself said that He came to set us free from the law of sin and death. The real reason that God wants us to be obedient is because in obedience is freedom from the addiction to sin. The Bible even admits that sin is fun for a season, but in the end sin brings nothing but death into our lives. So, as I reflected on that question again, my answer to my friend was somewhat simple: "It's not about what you are or are not allowed to do. It's about the freedom you have to overcome that sin in your life and not be enslaved to it any longer." It is for freedom that we've been set free.
I have served on the board for over 20 years (I would probably have to ask Martha when I started) and believe it is time for a change. I recently advised the Elder Board that I will be stepping down from the board in September. When I look back over those years, SRC (MBC when I started) has changed dramatically. Change is not always easy - in fact it can be downright painful! I have learned many lessons during those years and God has used them all to shape and mold me. As I leave the board I would encourage the Elders and the church to continue to follow the leading of God. One thing that I can attest to is that God has always been faithful - providing whatever was needed at just the right time. It has been an honor and privilege to serve God, and this church, and I will continue to pray for His blessing upon us. “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Phil 3:13-14