What changed? Nothing…and Everything

What changed? Nothing…and Everything

Some folks gathered on July 4, 1776 and signed their names to a document that we call the “Declaration of Independence”. So, what changed on July 5, 1776? Well…nothing…and everything. (Thank you, Dr. Richard Crane). The world didn’t change, but people put on a new set of glasses through which they understood themselves, their predicament, their allegiances, their priorities, and their place in the universe. People who claimed those words as being for them began to live in a new way. And that brought conflict because it threatened the authority of the king of England. In a way, we are still experiencing the dawn of the words of that document…moving closer and closer to what it represents. With each step closer those words bring conflict…and freedom. Jesus stood up in the Temple and said these words: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…. Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” So, what changed on that day? Nothing…and EVERYTHING. When we claim these words as being words for us, we put on a new set of glasses through which we view everything…and we live in a new way, as if we are born again. And that, too, brings conflict…and REAL freedom.

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