Who wouldn’t like a little freedom, love and peace? Sounds pretty good, right? Well, the truth is…one of the reasons Jesus came into the world was to give us freedom, love and peace.
Karl Marx said that religion is “the opium of the people”. Taken in context with the rest of the quote, his simple meaning is that religion helps us cope with the pain and struggles that life sometimes brings. To a certain degree that would be true. Religion or faith in God does help us cope with tough times, but this quote is also a bit of a negative characterization for people of faith. Opium only numbs the pain and offers no hope but death. Faith in Jesus Christ brings freedom and release, love and purpose; peace that flows from an unquenchable hope. Jesus did not come into this world to numb and sedate us from the pain and struggles. Instead, He came to enable and empower us to overcome and rise above the brokenness that can be a part of this life. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.“ (Gal: 5:1)
He came to give us an abundant life–lived with passion and purpose because we know something. We know He set us free. We know we are loved by Him. We know who He is and what He’s done. Knowing that gives us hope beyond measure, a hope that consumes and inspires us now and into Eternity.
As we celebrate our independence and freedom as Americans this 4th of July, let us also remember the ultimate freedom we have in Christ Jesus. We are free!
In His Grip,