In America, we pride ourselves on our freedom. We are the “Home of the Brave and Land of the Free”. Well, in two short weeks, from March 6-21, 2020, the illusion of freedom came crashing down around our heads and we recognized that we aren’t free at all.
Using fear, the media and government literally paralyzed our whole society and economy. We are NOT free. We are not free to gather. We are not free to go to a restaurant. We are not free to shop. We are not free to run a business. We are told where we can and cannot go and what we can and cannot do.
Really, when it comes right down to it, we are just part of the masses (like a herd of cattle) that can be moved this way and that and we have NO control in the matter.
I am not here to question the validity of what’s going on. Perhaps this is what is best. I am simply pointing out the fact that within two short weeks, many of the freedoms we counted on have been totally stripped away.
This gives a whole new light to the words of Jesus in John 8:32–
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
We thought we were free, so we’ve probably never given a whole lot of thought to this verse. But don’t we view it in a whole new light during a time where our taken-for-granted freedoms have been removed?
It is truth that sets us free. It is not a government or a corporation or a country. It is the TRUTH.
This is the only reason that genuine Christians can experience peace and joy in a time like this. Oh, sure, we still struggle. We fear, we are anxious, and we worry. But as we fill our minds with God’s Word and lay our needs, wants, hopes, and dreams at the feet of Jesus, we find that peace “which passeth understanding” (Phil. 4:6-7).
Christians are at peace with God through repentance and faith. Repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ’s work on the cross alone. With this, comes new life and, along with it, a child-like trust in God’s Sovereignty. Only this brings freedom.
It is truly my hope that this unprecedented time will lead many to the cross, which is the only place peace, joy, hope, and true freedom can be found. Nothing can touch us if we belong to Christ. Oh, praise His name!