READ : John 8:31-38
Several major liberation efforts have been underway during the past century the struggle of South Africa’s native peoples against apartheid, the struggle of Central and South American peasants against dictatorships, the struggle of African-Americans to share the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the struggle of women everywhere to gain equal social, economic and religious rights. The struggle for human freedoms seem endless!
There is another kind of oppression. “People,” says the apostle Peter, “are slaves to whatever masters them” (2 Peter 2:19). Individuals are under the tyranny of alcohol, nicotine, other drugs, sex, work, and various compulsive disorders.
A related kind of oppression is even more universal: the oppression of our own nature. “I tell you,” said Jesus, “everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (v. 34). All of us are addicted to sin. All of us are slaves to our own fallen nature. All of us need desperately to be free.
Jesus says two things that will set you free: the truth (v. 32) and Christ himself (v. 36). We need the truth to tell us the way, as painful as that might be. And we need Christ, the ultimate truth and freedom fighter to liberate us from the oppression of separation from God.
Lord, I want to be truly free. Save me from oppressive and self-destructive ideas, substances and addictions.