Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Freedom from Bondage

When I started this blog, it was more to share my thoughts while running than to give advice or tid-bits about my running life and schedule. The obvious reason is that I sort of stink at running. While I'm sure the practical posts will continue, I continue to be amazed at the way the mind responds when the body is stressed. My biggest personal epiphanies over the last couple of years have been while I was running. It's often just God and I ... hashing it out and talking.

I recently read (and partially listened to) Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. I don't recommend listening to this book on vacation unless you have time to kill so that you can pull over as needed and cry. Luckily, I was in no hurry. Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln met Mrs. Stowe and coyly said, "so you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!" This incredible complement was well placed, for her heart was to display in no uncertain terms the bondage and atrocity of slavery. I was moved and broken on a new level, grasping in new and poignant ways the complete misery and dehumanizing effects of slavery.

It occurred to me, however, that I am a slave to sin. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. If I needed to be redeemed-- I must have been a captive.

It was the dream of every slave to be redeemed-- to have their freedom purchased. Redemption means freedom from bondage. The epiphany here is that BONDAGE IS NOT A CHOICE. We don't choose to be slaves to sin, and we can't "choose" to be a "good person." We must be redeemed. The price has already been paid, we simply must accept freedom.

3 comments:

Marci said...

Yes, I am so glad we can choose the freedom that Christ offers us.

However, we are still slaves- - -but slaves of righteousness. Prasie the Lord!!!

Romans 6:18
"You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness."

Dalene said...

I agree.

The obvious play here is the contrast from being "set free," and simultaneous slavery...which is not slavery at all!

Marci said...

Amen sister!!