A Christian paradox: service is freedom

Spiritual truths have a way of turning conventional wisdom upside down!

In The Pirates of Penzance, one of the popular operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, a delightful bit of frivolity turns on the point that the hero was born on the twenty-ninth of February, which made him five years old when in fact he was twenty-one! This "most ingenious paradox" is sung about to tuneful good effect.

The paradoxes that appear in Christianity are not so easily resolved. For instance, it would seem that to live for oneself without having to be concerned about the needs of others would be the height of freedom. Yet a close look at the Gospels reveals a Christian paradox: that selfish living enslaves, while service to God and our fellowman liberates.

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