The Barbarian’s Freedom

The following is an excerpt from my book “Barbarian’s in the Kingdom” Set to be released in November by Redemption Press.

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The barbarian way of life, the driving force, the reason they fought
and resisted the Roman onslaught and the Greek invasion before that,
the reason they lived in the north where the civilized were afraid or ill prepared
and unwilling to survive, was because they cherished above most
all other virtues—freedom. Freedom to live, love, and laugh; freedom
to be who they were; freedom to work, sweat, and bleed to better their
lot for themselves and their families. Even the freedom to fail and to die
in the trying was better than slavery in the wealthiest house.
Theirs was a love of the creation that both challenged and rewarded
them when they met that challenge. And now they were being offered
another level of freedom by the very God who created it all, and
them—Jesus. Jesus the Jewish Messiah, a man who was crucified by
the civilized purveyors of a religion that seemingly offered anything but
freedom, was now offering freedom. Freedom from the one thing they
still feared and could not overcome by the sword—death. Always, death
came for all of them no matter how bravely they fought and lived. Their
legends of what lay beyond was a mystery shrouded in an enigma, and
their superstitions of gods and powers beyond their comprehension and
control were a constant threat that weighed heavily on the barbarian
heart.
Then along comes these Hebrew vagrants, exiles from their own
land and people telling them of a man who claimed to be a Son of God,
who overcame death and proved it by walking out of the tomb, three
days dead and cold, now alive and well. A God become a man, who
offered not a meager hope of just another day to toil and strive hoping
to find favor in the sight of another petty and spiteful god, but eternal
life, a chance to be forgiven for everything they have ever done that their
hearts and better instincts had told them was wrong. Here was a God
offering peace and reconciliation with the Creator of the heavens and
the earth. And to prove it, his Spirit was being poured out on them in
tangible ways that they could see, hear, and feel, simply for the asking,
giving them a hope not just for the next life, but for this one as well.
Here indeed was true freedom.
The barbarian heart thrives in the freedom of our Lord and in the
power of his Holy Spirit. The very kingdom of God thrives in the heart
of the barbarian, the Barbarian with a Bible. That Bible being made up of
the letters that the apostles who took part in that first barbarian council
wrote to the churches that were springing up far and wide amongst the
Gentile barbarians, ensuring that the message of freedom that brings
peace and hope, strength, courage, and freedom to all people would not
be forgotten, lost, or perverted.
“So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man
of faith. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse,
as it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do
everything written in the Book of the Law.’ Clearly no one who relies
on the law is justified before God, because ‘the righteous will live by
faith’” (Gal. 3:9–11).

The New Testament, the words written to confirm and verify that the
freedom of the new law—the law of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness,
kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control—would not be lost
or swallowed up ever again by religious demands and burdens that
we, the mighty uncivilized, fearsome and untamed barbarian, could
not carry or tolerate. The barbarian heart cannot thrive for long in the
shackles of religion. God knows this, the apostles knew this, and if you
are honest with yourself—you know this. As we allow ourselves to get
civilized and sophisticated, we lose sight of this. That is why the church
is slowly but surely fading away, and that is why we need barbarians to
stand up and say: “Enough! I am who I am; I am a child of God and I
am free! I have the Word of God written on my heart and on my mind.
I have the Spirit of the living God empowering my soul to overcome
my flesh and the enemy, and I have a Bible, the sword of the Spirit, and
I’m not afraid to use it!”
We need to tell that religious spirit that threatens to destroy us, “Take
your rules and condemnations, your demands and your never-ending
circular and meaningless theologies, your ‘my way is right and your way
is wrong’ methodologies, and take a long walk off a short pier because
my ship is no longer tied to your pier. My ship is following the King
of Kings and the Lord of Lords to the Promised Land, but first we are
going to stop at the gates of hell where we are going to kick butt and
set the captives free!”
Maybe we need another Barbarian Council; (The Jerusalem council of Acts 15) I think the Holy Spirit is already there and the invitations have been sent—

“Come to me, all
you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28
NKJV). Bottom line is, God is extending his hand to all peoples, “Come
home, my children, barbarians and all.”Lone warrior

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