For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another. Galatians 5:13 (NASB)
“You’re not the boss of me!” Did you ever say that as a kid? I did. We’re born with a spirit of rebellion. We don’t like other people telling us what to do. Not even when it’s for our own good. When I married, my mom was amazed that I was so submissive to Wade. She’d never thought I had the ability to submit to anyone. She didn’t understand.
Freedom. Freedom to choose. Freedom to choose righteousness. What a gift from God! And what a responsibility! God values freedom above most everything. From the beginning, He desired us to be free. He could have made us like puppets on a string, ignorant of any way but His. He refused to do it. He gave angels freedom of choice, and He gave us the same freedom, even though He knew what we would choose. We blew it.
God had originally intended Israel be one nation under God. But again He would not force them to choose Him. They wanted no part of it. They wanted a king. And so began centuries of oppression. If they had been an example of a godly theocracy to other countries around them, perhaps those countries would have seen its merits and the idea would have spread. We still don’t have a theocracy. A democracy is as close as we’ve gotten. After centuries of tyranny, some men decided a king wasn’t such a great idea after all. We celebrated Independence Day last week. Freedom has never been free. The founding fathers knew this better than anyone. When they gathered to sign the Declaration of Independence, they knew that if they weren’t successful in their quest to form a new nation, they would all be hanged as traitors to England. This country was built on their blood.
Even more than that, it was built on the blood of Christ. Despite what atheists would have us believe, the founding fathers were Christians. They loved God. James Madison declared, “We’ll have no king but Jesus.” Many similar quotes can be found by Washington, Jefferson, Adams, etc. Our leaders through the ages have affirmed this truth over and over. It only seems to be in our present age that we’ve forgotten this truth of our heritage. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The founders established a balance of power scenario to prevent this type of corruption. But as the people have wandered far from God, they have elected leaders who’ve done the same. Now we’re reaping the consequences of our sin.
It’s only in Christ that we find true freedom. John 8 tells us we were slaves to sin. We didn’t really have a choice. It’s like a person addicted to cigarettes. The want to quit, but they just can’t, even if their life depends on it. Sin’s chains are so powerful, they can only be broken by Someone whose power is greater—Jesus. He made the blind to see, the lame to walk, and called Lazarus out of the tomb after he had been dead four days. That’s the power that can break sin’s chains. We have that kind of power available to us. We only have to appropriate it, and unfortunately, we seldom do. If we did, maybe we could turn this country right side up once again. We need to stand up for Truth, but first we need to fall on our faces in repentance. Then we might have freedom in our country once again.
Question of the Day: If you had the power to do any one thing you desired, what would you do?