True Freedom from Tyranny does not equal rebellion against authority.
The American Declaration of Independence states that “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations…”
Translation: “Don’t mistake our throwing off of British rule as REBELLION. Understand that the King has severely abused his authority.” Application today? It is not freedom you are exercising if you rebel.
In my heart I get confused. I can see in my heart and soul a black, insidious rebellion. I also see the Holy Spirit and genuine Humility. I also see a Thirst to be Free. Leaders are not perfect. They do not always know what they are talking about, but do not REBEL against them because you don’t get what you want.
True Freedom starts on the inside. When my heart is free from bitterness and judgement towards leaders, and when my heart is free from the Tyranny of my Own Self, and when my heart knows what God wants… THEN I am truly free. I am even free to humbly confront my leaders (governments, employers, parents, husbands, pastors, team leaders, coaches, etc.) In some cases I will even be free to disobey because I am free to say “judge for yourselves whether we should obey God or man.”
Oh my, but I am not free. I have anger. I have judgments against leaders. I have fleshly opinions. I have fear.
My sinful nature is “thirsty for freedom” to do whatever I want to do. Fulfill my lusts.
That would only be bondage.
But I still don’t know what to do with the part of my soul that insists, demands, and will not back down on being treated like an individual and a man. It insists on respect. What is that, Lord? Show me! Is that the flesh side, or is that the way you made all men to be?
The journey continues!
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Release date: By 13 June, 2006