Freedom in Motion

Newton's Cradle wikimediaEach Summer I host and teach a Vacation Bible School in my backyard. But, I go about it in a very untraditional way. We meet once a week during the summer instead of every day for one week. We also play games, have a snack, learn a bible lesson and make crafts. In addition to those traditional activities we learn about science and do experiments. I call it the Backyard Science Club.

This Summer of 2013 we are learning about “How Great Is Our God”. We are studying Newton’s Laws of Motion and the Universal Law of Gravitation, Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion, Thermodynamics and Archimedes’ Buoyancy Principle. We are also going to measure out the length of our Universe.

During the week of the 4th of July we learned about Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion and how they relate to freedom in Christ.

The first law of motion states that an object at rest will remain at rest and an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. We often call this law the Law of Inertia. And you most often notice its effect when using a seatbelt and coming to a stop in your car very abruptly.

The second law of motion states that acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The heavier the mass the greater the amount of force needed to accelerate it. You notice this when you try to move or lift any object, the heavier it is the harder you have to try.

The third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite re-action. You see this best display when using the desk top toy entitled “Newton’s Cradle”. You lift the ball on one end and let it go and a chain reaction occurs when it comes in contact with the other balls.

God created our world and the laws of motion that govern it. Newton’s discovery of these laws is very important to us because they help keep us safe and out of trouble. If we did not understand these laws we could easily get hurt.

Imagine that I am going to give you a car! Free! But I am not going to give you any brakes or seatbelts. Now just how free to move about the country are you? Not very. You will only be able to go as fast as you are willing to run into a ditch or be sent thru the windshield. This greatly limits your freedom in using this new gift. But if you have the ability to both enact force on this car to accelerate it and to stop it you now have complete freedom.

This brings me to the bible lesson portion of our Backyard Science Club.

God has also created spiritual laws of motion. When we move outside His will we sin and are destined to be separated from Him. All mankind has moved outside God’s will and needs the free gift of salvation. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross creates the way to make us free from sin. Once we have been made free we also need to understand how to live as people of God. This living for God is what keeps us out of trouble and from getting hurt. It is like adding seatbelts and brakes to a car. Submitting to living as God requires helps keep us from ending up in a ditch.

You were made free from sin, and now you are slaves to goodness… Then you will live only for God. ~ Romans 6:18-19

So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free. ~ John 8:36

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as servants of God. Show respect for all people: Love the brothers and sisters of God’s family, respect God, honor the king. ~ I Peter 2:16-17

You are God’s children whom he loves, so try to be like him. ~ Ephesians 5:1

So tell me, how do you use your freedom in Christ?

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