Free, Indeed

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.

13 thoughts on “Free, Indeed

    1. We are fortunate, indeed! I believe that the persecution is on the rise in the United States, but that it looks a bit more subtle than what other believers experience across the world.

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      1. In the UK there’s more a danger from general apathy and scorn for religion and secular is the norm, however there is also dangers from cult type religions attracting youth due to the bells and whistles.

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      2. There might be some common threads in the US and UK, now that I ponder your comments. This is why it’s so important for us to cling to the truth that we know! Otherwise, all of us can go adrift, if we’re not careful.

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  1. Amen!!! Its incredible to think in other countries people cannot even mention God or have a bible. My Mom raised money & sent bibles to cuba because apparently, its not like here. Were so used to getting them for free. But they are so limited as to what they can do & see. Were blessed. This certainly makes me feel like I need to do more 🤔🤔🤔 Thank you!!!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏 God bless you, have a great holiday weekend!!!

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    1. Isn’t it amazing how much we take for granted the access that we have to the Bible? Other people in different parts of the world are desperate for it, but here, we act like it means very little. Our complacent attitude must really grieve the heart of God, don’t you think? 😞

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      1. It was the one where he talks about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

        I am still a couple days behind in my podcast listening, myself! Still, God’s Word is always right on time (even when I am late!).

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