Wolność chrześcijańska odc. 5: Zasady / Christian Freedom Ep. 5: Principles

Christian Freedom Episode 5: Principles It seems to me that freedom is kind of timeless and it doesn’t revolve around art only, but also around life itself. So the rules concerning art also concern life; Christian life as well. Because freedom is just freedom, right? So the first thing I thought about art and freedom was that there’s the choice – freedom is when we have choice. When I want to create something, I need to choose the means – means for presenting a certain topic. The topic is a choice as well. But this kind of choice can be wider – choosing a lifestyle is also freedom within art. Saying that I want to create this and that… This is also a choice and freedom. It also seems to me that within this kind of choice and freedom it’s important not to subordinate oneself to people’s opinions – especially when you’re an artist. If you want to create something, you can’t do it for somebody’s appreciation. Personally, I wouldn’t like to make controversial art, because I know it would hurt someone. For me, freedom in art has such boundaries. I’ll come back to the harm that can also spring from art – when you bear within yourself something that’s unpopular and undiscovered, it’s not harmful itself, but it may cause harm outside because of its novelty. And suddenly you collide with the world which neither understands, nor accepts it. Is it a reason for drawing back? Because it hurts others or something? Or quite the opposite – maybe it’s better to show others what they don’t understand, so that we enlighten them. Where is that golden mean? To be honest, novelty itself is more shocking than harmful. This kind of controversial artist has to show courage in order to move forward despite the unfavorable opinions. The principle is something much more important; namely, something that’s within someone. Say, if we read the New Testament – how would this world look like if all the people (not just few, but all of us) followed God’s principles. Would it look better or worse than now? I think the answer is obvious. Even if someone thinks that the world’s rules are not that bad because they enjoy living here, sooner or later they will collide with something that will change this view. Because the truth is that one day we will encounter some misfortune, disease, suffering, some unkind behavior of our neighbour… someone will hurt us, fire us at work, and so on. And then our perspective changes a little. So rules are needed, but I think God’s principles
are the best for us. The next thing is that there’s a conflict between the world’s rules and God’s principles. This conflict is continuously snowballing, and it’s going to last until the advent of the kingship and Kingdom of God. At first glance, someone might say: “What’s the point in following God if it – let’s lay it on the line – involves suffering?” Recently my wife has talked to a young person. They talked about God; whether it’s worth following Him. That young person said, more or less, that they were afraid of suffering. Today there are some Christians saying that if a Christian repents, being a child of God, by definition there’s God’s protection over them – meaning they’ll be rich, healthy and free of suffering. Of course it is not true. It’s not true because the Bible often says about Christian suffering. Of note, if we concordance the word “suffering” in the New Testament, we can find out that it does occur – with the word “joy”. What is also worthy of note, Jesus once said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you (…) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ( Matthew 11: 27-30 ) And, paradoxically, this was said by the One whose, at least, final period of life, was a series of suffering. He – the perfect One – had to associate with sinners – the imperfect ones. The One who deprived Himself of His heavenly glory. In addition, there was a prospect of suffering and cruel death looming. He said that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. In the case of Jesus, His suffering was caused by the fact that He died for our sins, He took our punishment. ( Isaiah, chapter 53 ) In our case suffering shapes some good traits in us: patience, endurance, hope… . The New Testament tells us about it. All in all, it is true that one will suffer when abiding by God’s principles. But they will not avoid that suffering even if they follow this world’s rules. Sooner or later, suffering will fall to them. When they fall ill, when a relative dies. Then they’ll realize that we cannot avoid suffering. However, insofar as suffering in this world doesn’t make sense, suffering with God does. It has a very deep sense. And the second thing I wanted to talk about: following God’s principles, we will suffer indeed. But only in this life. It is only in this life. And when it all ends… Because sometimes people think that if someone has a good, comfortable life, and they – Christians – have to suffer and deal with adversities, it means they’re victims. And that person follows only this world’s rules; he’s happy in a nice house, earning good money. Where is the point in serving God and abiding by His
principles then? Maybe instead of talking about this, I can tell you one simple and straightforward Christian story about a missionary. He spent 30 years on a mission preaching the gospel and converting people. And after those 30 years he comes back from the mission. There was also celebrity or a sports team coming back with him. I don’t remember exactly. When they berthed in his motherland, he disembarked and saw an orchestra and a lot of prominent figures waiting for the celebrity traveling with him. And there was nobody waiting to greet him. He sat on a curb or on a bench and sighted silently: “Lord, I’ve been serving you for 30 years and even now nobody came to greet me.” And then he heard a voice in his heart saying “Have you reached your home yet?” Principles are somewhat deeper. Someone does something because they love it. Because they have these particular values. Because we are here in a way – with our bodies. It’s our everyday life. But inwardly we are in another world. And this is the freedom which you get. You limit your own freedom – this physical, temporal freedom which stems from emotions, lust, and so on. You limit it… You know, sometimes I think about it: it is close to a word which I like – “delight”. I like both these words. They’re a bit fairy-tale-ish, but they are real. “Delight” and “dream” Turning around and pointing at his apartment, the man said: “This is my kingdom”. And that brother said boldly: “You know what? Your kingdom has one fundamental drawback. Namely, one day they will carry you out of it feet first.” music took part translation: Aleksandra Marcol

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