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Wanting Freedom | 7.1 Poet Joel Fry

Trevor Sutton

free 7.1 Poet Joel Fry talks about being free.

I hardly ever remember writing first drafts, unless they are connected to a specific event, and most of my work is not.  My poem "Such a Bright Future" describes my varied thought life, in which I attempt to get at the meat of my existence, but ultimately I realize Jesus Christ is my refuge, and like Paul, I feel that I am being poured out in a sense, and that God is pleased with me.

My life entails defining my existence in a way that makes sense to me.  I can do what I want, but that soon leads to addiction.  I am even addicted to Facebook.  So true freedom (or at least the highest form of freedom) seems to be the liberation from selfish desires, not so much the ability to do whatever I want.  I like what the Lord says: "If you drink of this water you will never thirst again."  This is also like the 23rd Psalm: "The Lord is my shepherd.  I shall not want."  Everyone is free to be included with God in Christ.  That is the ultimate, and very simple, revelation.

Joel Fry's poem "Such a Bright Future" appears in issue 7.1 of Relief.

Freedom, Political and Otherwise

Brad Fruhauff

It's certainly true that God and the spiritual life are profoundly more mysterious than any political body or policy could embody, and it's true that politics stands as a false idol for many atheists and believers alike, but certainly it's also true that Christians have something to offer our polity. Christianity is a religion of the oppressed and enslaved, but the spiritual freedom it offers ought to flow outward and downward into the political.

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