Freedom’s Stubborn DNA

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SUSAN BECKETT | Dwelling Place City Church

Way back when I was in junior high, our family had a pet Mynah bird. We purchased him at Sears for a whopping $29.95. We think he was a dude but we named him Babydoll, and boy, was he ever the talker! Mynah’s are known for their verbal skills and this guy picked up everything – so fun!

One day my mom had him outside in his cage for some fresh air and took the opportunity to clean the cage. She had almost finished when she ever so slightly lifted up the bottom edge to clean one last spot when Babydoll swooped down and out – he was gone! Out into the sky he flew, much to the dismay of his heartbroken human family.

I’ve thought long and hard about our winged friend and his flight to freedom. I guess I shouldn’t have been all that surprised he took off. There’s an innate desire for freedom inside of everyone. You can see it in small children not wanting anyone to “be the boss” off them, and then into the teen years where just getting a first car is their path to living free! It’s part of the DNA that God put into each one of us!

Living free can be an interesting dilemma – on one hand, we all have the desire for freedoms and on the other hand we need conditions on freedoms. Both are needed to live peacefully. (Please don’t be yelling “fire” in a crowded theater!)

Galatians 5 reminds us, “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” Freedom, it seems, comes not just in social forms, but also in spiritual form. Both are needed for a peaceful, prosperous, and purposeful life!

God desires for us to live under leaders who evidence truth, morality, and fairness. Psalm 94:16 challenges us with this: “Who will rise up for Me against evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Apparently, that job position is still open! The desire to be and stay free is always on the line.

I recently read an article that caught my attention. It’s called: “Opinion From a Former Judge.” It’s thought-provoking and well worth the read:

“I am a student of law whose age is 85. My first year of college was 68 years ago. One class I took was political science. A half-page of my textbook essentially outlined a few steps to overturn a democracy.

1. Divide the nation philosophically.

2. Cause distrust of police authority.

3. Swarm the nation’s borders indiscriminately & unconstitutionally.

4. Engender the military strength to weaken it.

5. Overburden citizens with more unfair taxation.

6. Forment racial strife.

7. Encourage civil rioting and discourage accountability for all crime.

8. Control all balloting.

9. Control all media.

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