Grow • Devotion #2: Free Indeed
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831 said, “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there. . . in her fertile fields and bound less forests—and it was not there. . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there. . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
America is beautiful because she is good. She is good because she is founded on Christian principles. Our freedom is based on biblical liberty. The Bible has a lot to say about freedom and liberty. John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” True freedom comes through Jesus Christ. Everyone is trapped by sin, but the death of Jesus gave us the opportunity to be free. You can be free indeed. It can be an interesting wordplay to realize that the goodness that comes from Jesus makes us free indeed and even free in deed. We now have the freedom to do what is right. We can do good deeds. We are not full of sin.
The goodness that was noticed by Alexis de Tocqueville comes through Jesus. Galatians 5:1 adds, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Sin and guilt can hold us back or down, but forgiveness through Christ sets us free. We have genuine freedom. We no longer have to be burdened by sin. Sin enslaves us, but Jesus releases us.
1 Peter 2:16 reminds us of our freedom, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” We need to think and act like people who are freed from the bondage of sin. As our godly heritage is mocked and rewritten, we need to take a stand. I am nervous for the next generation because of the quote by Dr. William James, the Father of Modern Psychology, when he said, “There is nothing so absurd but if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” The media is so anti-Christian that it repeatedly lies about our heritage. People are starting to believe it. Our country has been blessed by God. God does not owe us anything. Thomas Jefferson said, “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” We, the Church, need to humble ourselves, repent, and pray for God’s mercy and grace.
Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”