8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8
Back to the Basics
by Donna Soliz
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” President Ronald Reagan.
To many, America IS the symbol of freedom. Our first amendment prohibits our government from obstructing the exercise of certain individual freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. However, every day as I listen to the news, I wonder how long our freedom of religion will be protected. It seems that some would prefer it to mean freedom FROM religion.
Diversity of ethnicities and religions is nothing new. When Paul wrote the book of Romans, he too encountered a diverse array of people and practices. Not unlike America, Rome was riddled with sexual immorality and idol worship, while at the same time experiencing relative peace. But Paul felt the church at Corinth needed a strong dose of basic gospel doctrine.
In today’s America, wouldn’t we agree it’s time for the same? It’s time to return to the basics. We need to remind current and future generations that we are all sinners. Not only those who disagree with Christian business practices, not only those who disagree with our beliefs in creation, marriage or right of life—we are ALL sinners and not worthy of eternal life. It’s time for us to be reminded that we can not do enough good works or donate enough money to earn the “golden ticket” to heaven.
As Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “Man can never make himself righteous, nor will a single ounce of merit do anything in regards to salvation.” But just as the despair of sin settles over us like a dark, moonless night, Paul reminds us of the shining dawn. “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8).
We don’t deserve it, and we can’t earn it. But God, in His infinite grace and unbounding love, chose to give us the greatest gift of all. His Son Jesus Christ took all our sin to the grave, and through His death and resurrection, He provided us with an access bridge to the Father.
If we simply reach out and take the hand of Jesus that is offered us, we are no longer under the power of sin. We are in God’s home: true freedom. Isn’t that worth protecting and passing on to future generations?
- How do you celebrate the freedom you have in Christ?
- This week, return to the basics: Pray, Read the Bible, Accept His mercies, Yell to the mountains that He is Lord, and we are FREE!
- Go on the internet and pull up the song by Carman, “America Again.” Listen to the words and thank God for the freedoms we do have. Beg Him for those we no longer have.
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