July 4th – Independence Day!
I was thinking this morning, “why does a person or a nation need freedom?” Obviously, if a person or nation desires freedom it is because they don’t have it – if they don’t have freedom, they are in bondage, they are under tyrannical rule, they are being oppressed.
Those being oppressed live in fear – why? Oppressed people and nations live in fear because their oppressors do not love them, they do not care for about them. Tyrants will use their slaves for their own selfish motives until one of the two is killed.
That is what sin is, a cruel slave master, a tyrant. But, this tyrant is worse than any other – an earthly slave master does not hide the fact that they have no interest in making your life pleasurable, as such; those in bondage continually hope for the day they are liberated, set free. Sin, on the other hand, gives you all the pleasures and desires of the flesh in hopes that you stay right where you are at.
It reminds me of movies about the Revolutionary War – you always see plantation owners who treated their slaves poorly, and you also see the ones that treated their slaves well. The latter let them sleep in the mansion and were kind to them, whereas the former made them sleep in a shack and treated them brutally.