For all of my friends who read my blog, I really haven't lost it. If you read my previous post, I know you're wondering about me and, if you've stayed around long enough to read this one, I'll explain the reason for my sudden out of character interest in Twisted Sister's song "We're Not Gonna Take It."
The words of that song really speak to me as long as I ignore the strange hair-dos and bad make-up. If you've been around here long, you know that my heart's desire is to learn how to live out in the wild with Jesus outside of the influence of religion. For too many years, religion had held me in bondage. It's told me that I could never be good enough to please God so I had to do an endless string of works hoping that in the end I had done enough to please Him but I was never sure I had done enough.
Religion told me what I could and couldn't do. It gave me rules about reading my Bible, prayer, worship and "church" attendance. It told me how much to give and where to give. The list of rules goes on and on. I tried my best to keep them all but I always was left feeling like I couldn't measure up. I read books and listened to tapes hoping to find the secret to how to live a good Christian life. While I usually felt better for a while, eventually the good feeling would leave and I knew that I still hadn't found the answer. It was a cycle that left me discouraged and defeated because I just knew that I should be doing better.
In the middle of all this, Father began to teach me about his grace. He showed me that Jesus had already done everything that needed to be done. All I need to do is allow Jesus to live his life in me and through me. No more striving and struggling to win Father's approval because I already have it. He loves me unconditionally. He showed me that I didn't do anything to win his love and there is nothing I can do to lose his love.
I no longer have to do. I'm now free to just be, to be his daughter and allow him to love me freely. That revelation has changed my life. The regular members of this grace community have played a major part in helping me to understand this awesome gift of grace as have Steve McVey and Darin Hufford.
Darin Hufford has an awesome sermon called "Into the Wild." I know I talk about Darin a lot but, in the year that I've known him, his teachings have revolutionized my life. In this particular sermon, he talks about a pet hamster he had as a child named Brownie. One day, Brownie escaped and was missing for several weeks. Darin's father told the family that if they found Brownie they would have to put him down because he would be wild. Darin was shocked and didn't believe it. When they finally found him, the family rushed to where he was. Instead of being the gentle family pet, Brownie stood up and snarled at them and they had to put him down. Brownie had tasted freedom and wasn't going to let anyone put him back in captivity. He was determined to fight to maintain his freedom
At the end of this story, Darin tells us that if anyone tries to put us under bondage to religion again, that he wants us to become the meanest, nastiest hamster anyone has ever seen. I think about that story often. Twisted Sister in their own strange way are singing the words that my heart is singing. I've tasted freedom. I've lived out in the wild and I refuse to go back into bondage.
The chorus to their song says:
We're not gonna take it!
No! We ain't gonna take it!
We're not gonna take it any more!
I'm going to be bold here and post the original uncut version that Joel posted on his blog. So here's Twisted Sister encouraging us to never allow anything to keep us in bondage.
Were Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister