An Ode to No One
Billy Corgan wrote the song back in the 90’s, and while I’m not entirely certain what it is about, he was fairly obviously ticked off at someone… or everyone… hard to say.
The specifics of the meaning of the song aren’t terribly important for what I am writing about now, but I had one of the lyrics from the song pop into my head recently and randomly.
“I don’t need your love to disconnect.”
The nagging thought that kept drawing me back to it was that, at least for myself and my relationship with God, it is completely untrue.
God’s love is exactly what I need to disconnect.
That begs the question, though, disconnect from what?
The love of God, his grace and mercy, allow me to disconnect from sin and the guilt and shame that come along with it.
The Pilgrim’s Progress pictures this reality as a heavy pack falling from the back of the Christian as he approaches the cross, which allows him to travel on unencumbered by his previous burden.
The love that God has communicated to us, through the person and sacrifice of his Son, allows that weight of sin to fall from our shoulders. It also means that none of it need attach itself to us ever again. There is no guilt of sin that will stick to us that is not doing so because we are holding onto it ourselves.
The disconnect of sin and shame provided through the love of God allows us to no longer be identified by that sin. It doesn’t need to drag us down another day. It allows us to be wiped clean so that we can do better tomorrow.
“Now go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
When Jesus says this, he is not saying that we got away with one this time, but we might not be so lucky next time. He is saying that this sin no longer has hold over us and that we shouldn’t go right back out and shackle ourselves to a new one. He is asking us to see how beautiful it is to be free and then follows it with the encouragement to not give up that freedom.
Anytime that you give someone freedom there is the risk that they will make choices that you don’t like with that freedom, but it seems like those concerns are often raised by those who want to breathe new life into the old dead bones of the sins that God has put to death through repentance and forgiveness.
Take hold of the grace of God, for your sins have been forgiven.
They are your master no more.
Walk unburdened in the freedom of Christ Jesus.