There’s a crack in your perfection
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 1, 2019 8:39 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
At a secure location in what is known as Liberty Hall, in the City of Philadelphia, one of our greatest symbols of freedom resides. The Liberty Bell arrived on American soil around 270 years ago. It, however, possessed a flaw – a weakness. In time, it developed a crack. Several attempts were made to restore and repair the damaged copper and tin, but, with use, the crack reappeared and stands today as one of our most cherished symbols of American history. In the early days it was used to summons lawmakers to legislation. It has rung at the death of early American presidents and justices and most notably at the announcing of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
I’m not sure most Americans are aware that one of our nation’s greatest symbols of freedom has a scripture cast into its very structure. It bears the words from Leviticus 25:10, which reads, “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.” That scripture goes on to say that, “It should be a jubilee for you.”
Citizens of freedom, in July 1776, were so jubilant over their new declaration that they rang the bell to proclaim it. Shouldn’t we have that same enthusiasm today as we look forward to our nation’s birthday celebration?
John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, after the drafting of our great declaration. He penned these words, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Day’s Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” – John Adams July 3, 1776.
Isn’t it ironic that arguably the single most tangible symbol of American freedom was flawed all along? That it powerfully stands tall to this day with a great crack in its being? That with every attempt to repair it at the hands of mankind only masked the underlying issue? Maybe it was never intended to be perfect. Maybe what it stood for and what it rang to proclaim was perfection enough.
You may find that your life and lifestyle resembles the Liberty Bell -difficult to repair, a little messed up, and noticeable to those around you. Scripture tells us in Romans chapter 3 and verse 10 that none of us are righteous, not a single one. Like that bell, we were never intended to be perfect. We just have to accept, ring, and proclaim the perfection of Christ.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” The apostle Paul reminds us in that letter to the Corinthian church that each of us have a crack in our perfection. I, for one, am glad that our Liberty Bell isn’t perfect because neither is our country and neither are we. But perfect and great is the Lord we serve. The Liberty Bell should be the model for us in America today in that, yes, we are flawed, but also, yes, we have the words of Christ cast into our hearts. 2 Timothy chapter 3 lets us know that all scripture is God breathed. That means scripture is not idol words and that every time they are proclaimed they permeate the atmosphere with Godly power. Each time that bell rang in years past, the words of God were resonating throughout the American landscape. The citizens may have not heard, it but they were affected by its power. Let freedom ring in our lives today. Be affected by the power of Christ. Let Jesus cast himself on your heart.
Let’s celebrate this week as a jubilee for freedom. Our county, area churches, and citizens will come together on Friday, July 5th, at the White County Sports Complex, on the Smithville Highway. Gates open at 4 p.m. We will celebrate our national birthday, and please remember that you are worth more in your broken condition than you could ever imagine. Stop trying to fix yourself and let God take that job.
I’ll see you at Christpoint Church on the square this Sunday morning. We have three service times: 8 a.m., traditional, 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., progressive. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.