"For Freedom "
June 24, 2009
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Israel has an advanced system of communication that enables emergency crews to be located and contacted through their cell phones.
Unfortunately, the ultra-orthodox Jewish community believes operating -- or even answering -- a cell phone on the Sabbath and other religious holidays is work and a violation of their beliefs.
That's not so good.
After all, it's not much help if an emergency crew doesn't respond to emergencies.
Thankfully, Rabbi Levy Yitzhak Halperin has issued a new set of rules that now allow emergency personnel to answer their calls on specially designed telephones.
I'm not exactly sure how the procedure works, but the story from United Press International says the workers have to hold a small metal pin in their teeth and press the phone's buttons with that pin.
I'm sure it works, but it does make for a pretty strange mental picture.
The mental picture created a number of thoughts for me. First, I applauded the faithfulness of the Orthodox. Second, I wished all Christians were equally concerned with their faith and how it reflects itself in their lives.
Most of all, I gave thanks the Savior has set us free from the Law. Jesus' perfect life, His complete obedience to the Father's will, has released us from the curse of the Law.
As our heaven-sent substitute, Jesus has done all that was necessary to forgive our sins, save our souls, and graciously grant us eternal life.
Now, in response to His love, we are free to live our lives in thanksgiving -- not because there is a law to do so. . .
but because it's right and we love to do so.
THE PRAYER: Dear Savior, by grace I am saved through faith. Now, in that freedom, and in all I do, may my life reflect the forgiveness, the joy, and salvation You have given through Your wonderful sacrifice. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries