True Independence

 

            Many of us naturally desire independence.  Generally speaking we don’t like someone telling us what to do or how to do it.  However, there are also those who have been born in conditions where they have never been exposed to freedom and all of its rights and benefits that go along with it.  Some may even prefer a more dictatorial type of government that guarantees “security and stability”.

 

            The United States felt that there were undue taxes and other impositions taking place which led to the Revolutionary war and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Our freedom, however, did not come without a cost.  About 25,000 American soldiers died during active military service and another 8,000 – 12,000 died due to disease, starvation, and deplorable Prisoner Of War conditions.  Another estimate is as high as totaling 70,000 deaths.  This number is not even as high as the casualty rate of the American Civil War which is estimated to be around 620,000. 

 

          We can see that freedom comes with a price.  Not only were there lives lost but this country took a huge financial blow of about $151 million during the American Revolutionary War.  Needless to say freedom is not cheap.

 

            In John chapter 8 Jesus explains freedom and what we really need freedom from.  Let’s take a look at a few verses:

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

 

            Jesus clearly explains what true enslavement is, sin.  Not only does He explain bondage but Jesus is the one that can declare us free.  When we are a slave to sin, the sin we serve controls us. 

For example: The drug addict is a slave to the drug because he/she will do anything to get that drug.  The gossiper will go to great lengths to tell stories whether they be true or not.  The pornography addict will do just as much as the drug addict to satisfy her/his addiction.

 

“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”  (Romans 6:16)

 

            How do we see slavery to sin played out in the country that we love so much, the freedom that costs us 70,000 people, $151 million and incalculable emotional damage?

 

            Our country begins to legalize sin.  Recently there was the June 26, 2015 SCOTUS 5-4 vote to legalize same sex marriage nationally.   Not long after that the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on June 30, 2015, in a 7-2 vote, to remove a granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the grounds of the Oklahoma state Capitol. 

 

            It is generally accepted that the Biblical definition of sin in is transgression of God’s moral Ten Commandment Law (1 John 3:4).  The only way we can then continue to legalize sin is to do away with the Law and God that condemns it. 

            This country that I love so much, that many have shed blood for, is being manipulated by Lucifer.  The opposite of truth is a lie, which the devil is the father of (John 8:44).  The opposite of order, which God’s law brings, is confusion.  “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33). 

 

            Satan is using the current events in our free country to blur the line between right and wrong.  You can see how the closing events of earth’s history are falling into place right before our eyes.  A country that is turning so far away from God will come to enforce worship, as seen in Revelation 13 (for more on this subject click here).  This worship system will be in contradiction to the Biblical model which Jesus Himself has set up.  As we near the events that will eventually push for the Mark of the Beast we must decide for our freedom now.  We have two choices and two choices only.

 

            Option A (For Christ) – Continue to fight for our freedom and stand for the Christian liberties that God has blessed this country with.  While fighting for religious liberty, we must stand firm for the very virtues that Christ stood for including the traditional one mother, one father home. 

 

            Option B (Against Christ) – We go with the popular opinion and claim that the teachings of Christ were maybe relevant then but not so much anymore.  It may seem easier, at least at first, to take this route.

 

            Option C (Indecisive) – We may feel this is not our fight, these things do not really affect us or matter in the grand scheme of things.  Option C is not really an option because if we refuse to make a choice we have already made our choice against Him and have reverted back to option B.  “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”  (Revelation 3:16)

 

          On December 15, 1791 the First Amendment was adopted that which states:  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

 

          Our forefathers recognized that we need freedom of religion.  Recently this amendment has been manipulated to seem as though we sould not be allowed to make a stand for our faith.  This was never the intention of the original authors.

 

            As we celebrate Independence Day in the United Sates this year let us do it, not only in our civil lives, but in our spiritual lives as well.  Why not take the time today to rededicate yourself to Christ and His mission.

 

            Allow me to leave you with these encouraging words.  God loves you so much that He refuses to leave us the sinful, hurting people that He found us as.  While God hates sin, He loves the sinner.  True independence means lovingly serving the One who freed you.

 

            …sin shall not have dominion over you…And having been set free from sin, you became slaves (servants) of righteousness.  (Romans 6:14, 18)

 

God Bless the U.S.A.

 

07/03/2015 Written by Brandon Senior, edited by Pr. Preston Monterrey