Slavery is a topic of much discussion in recent times. It is a highly charged topic for sure. America has it in her history. Our nation is not perfect. This is because it is comprised of imperfect human beings. As we look back to our nation’s beginnings in this week where we celebrate freedom, there is much to lament. There is much to be thankful for, however. I’m thankful for men who had the vision for a free nation. I’m thankful for the sacrifice that our founders made so that we might live in freedom today. I’m thankful for the leadership of men like George Washington, who was the only founding father to free his slaves in a time when doing so wasn’t fashionable.
The Bible talks about a different kind of slavery—slavery to sin. Rather than being forced into it, we choose to be in this kind of bondage. As believers, that is something we all have to guard against. The good news is that we have the power to do so through Jesus. He came to set us free from slavery to sin. He did so knowing that we could not free ourselves from the grip of sin. The truth is we all have the potential to be slaves to sin. The Gospel of John records a conversation Jesus had about slavery:
Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed’” (John 8:34-36).
Here Jesus makes it clear that He wants us to be God’s children rather than sin’s slaves. He did more than talk about it too. He backed it up at Calvary and at the empty tomb. His sacrifice enables us to be sons and daughters instead of slaves. God has forgiven us and wants us to be free from the guilt and shame of sin.
This Independence Day we celebrate our nation and what it stands for—freedom. But we need to live like free people today. Because of Christ, we are free to worship, free to pray, and free to share His good news of deliverance from sin. Let’s take advantage of these freedoms today. Our nation is not perfect, and neither are we. The One who is perfect helps us to heal the wounds of the past and move on to a brighter future together—a future of freedom in Him. Let’s live together as His children, knowing that our freedom isn’t cheap, but costly. Let’s welcome all people into the family of God, allowing everyone to experience the liberty that only Jesus can provide.
Because the Son has set us free,