I’m glad you begun this way.
It’s good to have a message – one that stands out and one that makes you stand out for having it – but it’s very important for the reader (or listener) to know who is taking them on the journey of discovery. It’s important to know: through whom the message is given because then we can know why the message is being received and where it comes from: the passion, the course for the chosen diction, the inflection (s) of human wit, the limitation, the cause for conversation. When we know the messenger, it helps us with the message and the struggle it advocates for; it helps us talk back to the message, too.
Consequently, the identity of the messenger in the message also gives accountability. Even though the message is greater than the messenger – but not the sender, who is GOD – identifying the messenger grants a subtle validation to the message. For example, the guiltless can’t speak of guilt in good faith just as the atheist cannot say that “GOD is good” and remain as they are. I find that to be very vital when I read. For secular works, I demand for the identity of the one who’s message I absorb to my mind. I do this because I need to know what the author believes, too; I need to be armed with the fact that their allusions might be a snare or a means to mock the very foundation of my (right) belief and faith. We cannot be too careful in these dangerous times. But I get it all now.
In Christianity, we need to be armed with identity – not just for our faith-community but for a society that rebuffs the audacity of GOD’s love to save humanity from its apathy to life into a surety for its responsibility of living.
I get it. In your introduction is not just a confession of faith and an assertion of the worthy fate that comes with following GOD and being Christian, it’s a declaration of what kind. You are a bondservant of GOD. Wow! Me too. I’m GOD’sBondMan, too.
In that very statement you categorically state that whatever follows, comes not from being a cozy follower or a rosy believer. Whatever you’ll say comes from this very fact that you are a servant: whose freedom is found in the bond you have with GOD. You imply it and rightly so: our freedom is found when we cling to GOD the way chains cling to the wrist. You…sir.. can tell the prisoner about slavery (and the way out) because you’ve been there and done that and dusted it and left it for the liberty that comes with serving the GOD that works the miracle of freedom from the world.
To say it clearly, you have implied – by extension – that freedom in the world is slavery before sin but the bond of service in CHRIST is the freedom in His Word which even the world cannot comprehend, just as much. Nothing you say after this would be comfy to ears or eyes. This is a good thing. Thank you.
I also like the point where you state your audience. I’ve battle to do that, honestly. Truth is: not every one is ordained to read these BONDs. I reckon that not because of the opposition or queries I get but because not everyone would. I know that every message has its audience – those whose ears gravitate to the words though they be piercing like syringes to muscles. To you, it’s to the scattered tribes of Israel who must know about the Goodnews of the Messiah or the responsibility in accepting it. For me, it’s the Christian ready to break from the walls of their human limitation(s) of GOD. To me, it’s the willing heart that loves art and would give all to see GOD animated in their eyes. For me, it’s for those who know good and shun evil not because they were told to, alone, but because they understand the implications and have chosen to do good above evil’s demands. For me, it’s the Christian who wants to be more since there’s more.
Thank you, James
From you, I know that if (one is) rejected for truth, it is not (in good place) to feel dejected but to be innately celebrated for the grace to be indebted to the ways JESUS enough to be persecuted with the lack of acceptance.