Slavery: Part 1

Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord and He will have mercy on them and He will freely forgive them of their sins and set them free.

Every four years at election time, you realize middle school never really changed. And neither did we.

It all just has a more academic air.

Pollsters, pundits, politicians, talking heads, all slice and dice the human race into more categories than anyone knew existed.

And we all still sit with our clicks at the lunch table during break.

Will we ever stop?

What is interesting is how much we all, even as adults, still live for the approval of others. We’ve traded the Vineyard Vines and American Eagles of middle and high school for the suburban neighborhoods and social media highlight reels of adulthood.

 

But it’s all slavery. We’re all slaves- to people’s expectations, our own expectations, a rat race with no finish line.

 

Here’s what’s worse:

I remember a time when I thought people who followed Jesus were slaves. Subscribing to some archaic, puritan, boring, lifeless sets of rules that all seemed to be against people having fun.

I’m the slave?

Here’s what’s interesting:

Ours is a depravity so deep that we are unable to recognize our own enslavement.

We similarly cannot recognize freedom when we see it either.

 

Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Neither can be trusted.

And seek the Lord.

Turn to Him. He will have mercy on you and will freely forgive you of your sins and set you free.

 

Want an end to your endless slavery, your endless subjection to other people’s acceptance of you as your basis for identity? Forsake your ways and your thoughts. Neither can be trusted.

And seek the Lord.

 

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