“Thank God for My Freedom”
History records dark chapters when godless tyrants ruled and religious dictators made it a crime to read the Bible or worship God according to the dictates of your conscience. In 1945, Martin Niemoeller said: “When the Nazis came for the communists, I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. When they came for the Jews, I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for the trade unionists, I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. When they came for the Catholics, I didn’t speak up because I was Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for anybody.”
Our country also fought for freedom not so long ago. We have fought to become free from foreign rule, to be free from dictators, and to even be free of corrupt leaders…and that freedom was not without cost. Many have offered their lives for the sake of freedom—the freedom we now enjoy. No wonder Benjamin Franklin said that those who give up liberty for safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety!
Speaking to the believers in Galatia, Paul addresses the legalists who wanted to force the believers to go back and live under the impossible standards of the old law. He writes: “Christ has set us free…So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness…on you.” Today you need to stop, look up and say, “Thank God for my freedom!”
“Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1 TM