I was talking with Karin and I thought that some of you might be wondering to yourselves “what has gotten into Brian and his blog posts lately?” So, I wanted to take just a few minutes to explain what Freedom Unearthed is and what our vision is for it. I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to be a “shock blogger”- there is an actual purpose to all of this.
Freedom Unearthed was Karin’s vision. She has a story that she shared recently on this blog. She has not shared it very often and has been a long held secret of hers. Of course I knew it and Tayler knew it but we all had an understanding to never talk about it. It was nothing to be ashamed of but we weren’t sure if people would understand and we didn’t want to deal with a lot of questions.
Well, a few months ago Karin shared this story with someone who then asked her to “go public” with it. She did and she said it was both freeing and draining. She was inspired by the support of friends and family. She says that she had always prayed that when it was time for her to share it then she would. It was published in an on-line magazine recently but you can read the unedited, directors cut of it on here.
In addition to this you might remember this post where I asked the question “Can going to Church ruin your faith?” One of the things that is frustrating is the lack of freedom and time to really share our hearts with each other. Everything at church is so organized and every service ends with a “happily ever after”. But, the reality of our lives is that things don’t always end that way. People die too soon, marriages break up, people get addicted to pills and alcohol, people are abused, we lose our homes, jobs and health. Life is messy and sometimes a “safe answer” doesn’t satisfy us.
But, the flip side of that is that sometimes things are really good and we see God’s hand all over our lives. There’s not really time to go into those details every week. You can share it as a “praise” if your church has a time to do that. But, sometimes we have more to share than what can be told in 30 seconds.
If you had told me that I would have shared my story (or the second part) in such a public way I would not have believed it. But, I started this old Bible study Experiencing God. That’s where I got the concept that “God doesn’t want us to dream big for him and ask him to bless it. His plans are much bigger than our dreams. He wants to reveal His plans to us and asks us to join Him.” I really started looking around to see where God was working and wanted to join Him.
When I started writing on this blog I wanted to stay safe. But, one of the advantages of being married is that sometimes your spouse knows what makes you come alive. I have often dreamt about discussing these topics and having frank conversations with people about things that impact us everyday but are never really addressed. Or, if they are addressed then they are addressed from a “secular” standpoint. We wanted to bring a Christian perspective to the conversation.
In addition to talking about subjects that are rarely ever addressed in real and honest ways I wanted this to be a place where people could tell their stories as well. I know some of your stories from facebook and will be asking you to consider sharing it here. Others of you are like me and cannot even imagine “going public”. But, I want you to know that this is a safe place for you to ask questions, share doubts and come out of hiding. However, if you need to anonymously share your story then you could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it on here without your name. We want to help you unearth the freedom that is yours!
One of my favorite segments on the news was when they used to have the “everybody has a story” segment. The reporter would go to a random town and find a random person to tell their story. Sometimes the person’s story was funny and sometimes it was tragic. But, it was always interesting to hear what these random people had experienced.
So, this website is going to be a mixture of asking questions, expressing doubt, having honest and challenging discussions and sharing our stories with each other. You don’t have to pretend to fit in- if you’re messed up, then you’re messed up; if you’re happy then you’re happy. I am excited to see where we go from here and am glad that you have given us a little bit of your time. My prayer is that you will know that you are free and will not return to a yoke of slavery.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.