A story of freedom.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.(John 8:36, KJV)
It’s a funny thing about freedom. From a political standpoint, we often think of freedom as the morally essential foundation for life. But this is not true freedom – and I’ve just been noticing that human nature ultimately illustrates that we all know the truth deep in our hearts, whether we’ve admitted it or not!
The story of freedom begins in the Bible, and has been unfolding throughout history right up to today. God designed us to enjoy a perfect freedom. When sin corrupted our hearts, we began to take our freedom into our own hands. At one point, God’s people demanded a king. The world has since enjoyed long generations of life under kings. Dissatisfied with earthly kings, a cry for freedom resurfaced under the name of democracy.
Our nation was born under this freshly-arisen ideal of freedom. We pride ourselves on freedom. Our national foundations are built upon the desire and promise of individual freedom. We live our lives in expectation of freedom, and we base our expectations upon the certainty of our entitlement to freedom.
And now today, the world is under attack. Everything that was once secure is uncertain, and will remain uncertain for days and weeks and months, maybe years, to come. Many acknowledge that life may never be the same again.
In this time, is it the cry for individual freedoms that is rising loud above the noise? It’s not, actually.
Right now, we all want a leader. A strong leader. A true leader. We want a leader who will stand firm and do the right thing. A leader who will enforce proper measures. A leader who will guide and provision effective mobilization and response. A leader who will secure and distribute assistance to citizens to see them through these difficult times. Many are appalled at the lack of consistent and cohesive leadership from the federal level. State governments are maligned or applauded based upon how well they seem to be stepping in to fill the gap.
Right now, I don’t hear people demanding individual freedoms. Right now, we all seem to be begging for a king.
In a way, this reaction illustrates a certain selfishness – we would like our freedom until things are really tough, and then we would like someone to take good care of us, please.
It illustrates that in the heart of humanity, where a precious grain of God’s original truth remains, what we really desire is the perfect kingdom that we were originally designed for.
Of course we will never be satisfied with earthly kings. But the truth is, we will never be satisfied with earthly freedom, either.
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again…(John 4:13, KJV)
Because it turns out that, kingdom or democracy, western or developing, regardless of nation, the only true freedom anywhere is only found in being the faithful subject of a perfect King.
But if it is unpleasing in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” (Joshua 24:15, BSB)
May God bless many to place their lives under His Lordship and experience the true freedom we are all actually seeking!
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
(John 8:36, KJV)