God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)

The winds of freedom blow hard in our world today. Politically oppressed, Communist bloc countries continue to demolish imprisoning walls and topple the icons of brutal dictators. Countries are dropping the shackles of ideologies that have padlocked individual freedom for the sake of state control. Yet even when freedom is achieved, the once golden promises of liberty are tainted by painful new realities. Democracy is not a panacea. New leaders are not messiahs. The gains of social crusades are often short-lived. In each case, freedom is defined as what allows a nation, a group, or a person the right to pursue and obtain selected goals. It involves the removal of external barriers to self-fulfillment.

But true freedom is spiritual, within the human heart. It is the removal of the universal oppressor—sin—whose great infection lies in the bosom of every man and woman. It cannot be earned or legislated; it can be received only as a gift from God.

God’s freedom, liberation of the soul from sin’s tyranny, can be enjoyed behind barbed-wire walls, within prison camps, or in the midst of injustice. It cannot be stifled, regulated, or imprisoned. That is freedom worthy pursuing.

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