We move more deeply into the Season of Lent. Scripture presents us with challenging words and deeds. The Genesis story about Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac, his only son, is, indeed, challenging.
People use the story when they are reflecting on their level of personal freedom – for instance, how free am I to make a significant decision in my life, one that will require me to make a radical change in how I live my life?
We are not usually asked to sacrifice a child. This freedom of Abraham is usually seen as remarkable – to give up one’s only son. I completely understand the spiritual value of the story of Abraham and Isaac, and I am intellectually aware of the historical context for that period of human history, but I always find it disturbing to consider a parent sacrificing a child. That is, indeed, a striking image of freedom. I certainly couldn’t be that free.