Is Anyone Really Free?

Is Anyone Really Free?

I’m flying from Madrid to New York.

Next to me a girl is sucking on some sort of fake cigarette. I guess she can’t make it eight hours without a nicotine fix.

A portly man is standing in the aisle hissing at the flight attendant because she won’t serve him another mini-bottle of champagne.  I think the flight attendant has made a good choice.

The man to my right is wearing a yarmulke. The flight attendants brought him a special kosher meal.

Here’s the thought that crossed my mind: We are all in bondage.

Whether it’s nicotine, alcohol or religion we all willingly submit ourselves to bondage to something. It seems to be human nature.  Interestingly, most of us think we are free.

Among other things, I’m in bondage to my stomach. I get all unholy when I get hungry. To me fasting is basically like submitting myself to torture.

It’s interesting that Jesus specifically said he came to set us free. Crazy thing is, I find myself not wanting to be free, because freedom comes at a cost.  I have to give up some stuff to be free.

Jesus offers real freedom, but I have to want it bad enough to actually remove the chains that he loosed.  That’s the hard part.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1