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Racial Tension and the Need for Freedom and Obligation

14 August, 2017

Written by Matt Dabbs

A woman caught in adultery is thrown at Jesus’ feet in John 8. As Jesus dismisses her accusers, he gives her freedom through the forgiveness of her sin AND he tells her to go and sin no more.

In Mark 5 a demoniac comes running out of the tombs to see Jesus. He is naked. He is bleeding. He is unclean and demon-possessed. After Jesus frees him from his demons the man asks to join Jesus and his disciples. Jesus, instead, sends him home to tell people there what the Lord has done for him.

There are many similar stories and examples of the idea that with freedom comes obligation. We could add the opening of the 10 commandments – I…

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