Responsibilities of Freedom
Given 27-Jun-15; Sermon #1274s; 16 minutes
Ryan McClure, focusing on the concept of recidivism (the tendency of a released ex-convict to return to a life of crime), reports that after three years from release, 2/3 returns to a life of crime, and, shockingly, after five years from being released ¾ return to criminal activity. Only ¼ of the prison population become functionally rehabilitated. In one sense, all of us are spiritual ex-cons, who have a penchant to return to our comfort zone after being redeemed by our Savior. As our ancient forbears longed for the comfort zone of Egypt, we feel drawn to our old sins like a dog returning to its vomit. We should instead look with disgust and abhorrence on our sins, preferring bondage to Christ rather than slavery to sin. As we become slaves to Christ, we become transformed into brothers, sisters, and fellow heirs of His Kingdom.
Colossians 2:11-15 Exodus 16:1-3 I Corinthians 10 I John 3:4 I Timothy 2:5 Galatians 4:1-7 Numbers 11:4-6 Recidivism Romans 3:23; 6:23; 7:7-12, 24; 12:1; 15:13 Spiritual ex-cons "We hold these truths . . ." Recidivism Relapse into criminal behavior II Peter 2:18-22 Slave of righteousness www.nij.gov Yearning for comfort zone of sin