As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day in the United States this upcoming week, let’s take a moment to remember that real freedom comes only by knowing the truth; and as John 8:32 – my selection for the verse of the week – says, it is this knowledge alone that leads to freedom.
Also, for those of us fortunate to live in places where we enjoy fundamental civil liberties like freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, etc., we are blessed. I must remind myself – as one of our pastors said at church today – that there are places in the world where followers of Christ experience great persecution, and they are not free to go to church or fellowship with one another without threat to their physical safety (sometimes even to the point of death). 😰
And then there are those who simply are not free at all, regardless of (or in spite of) their faith persuasion. They may experience varying degrees of discrimination and persecution because of their nationality, ethnicity, social class, and/or gender. As a woman of color myself, I certainly have experienced what I’ll refer to as “covert discrimination” at regular intervals in my life, but nothing like the abuse and hardships that others go through (and have gone through) in our present and recent past.
But even these freedoms are fleeting compared to the promises that are available to us in Christ. As the saying goes, “the ground is level at the foot of the cross,” and even the Bible teaches that God is no respecter of persons – He loves us all singularly, and equally.
Just think: If we all really clung onto such love and understanding – and made decisions based upon this insight – can you imagine how different our world would be?
We would free, indeed.