While living in this world, we get quickly caught up in the corporeal. We get lost in the circumstances of life, judging our happiness by things happening around and to us -- even things we start, ourselves. As a political creature and an American, I get caught quickly up in the concerns of our State, and concern for our State. I can get riled up when I believe I see the State taking the rights of some to give entitlements to others, of threatening us with Tyranny, of promoting the diminution of the individual for its own growth. I can get riled.
And then I'll be angry, furious, and edgy on the topic. I'm like many Americans before me who believed this country was born in freedom for freedom and should continue that way. But let's say I was riled up in the opposite direction, and that I was angry the government wasn't doing more, wasn't fighting harder to do what I believed was right, that individuals were too dangerous to be left to their own vices.
Regardless of whether I actually believe one way or the other, times like these in which we watch politics operate as they normally do and our government come to a screeching halt, where bills are passed that may or may not destroy our economy and take our rights (from the Patriot Act to ObamaCare, it doesn't matter what it is), I have to remind myself a few very important things.
This government, like all before it, will come and go. History proves thus.
God uses government, but it is merely a tool, not the source of true human prosperity.
Government is not the path toward finding the true peace of the soul and freedom from that which oppresses us more than any government ever could -- ourselves and our sin.
I get so easily caught up in all this horse hockey about "who is really running the country" and I forget that God cares far more about "who is running my soul?"
Humans, on the inside and the out, are their own sources of their worst pains and ails. We, as people, create our own greatest sufferances, be they by intention or accident, or by indirect action in which we unconsciously create environments in which we suffer. As in, "I attract and am attracted to abusive spouses." "I can't keep a job because of my own poor attitude and lack of commitment." "I always get sloppy drunk and end up fighting at parties." "I overspend on my credit card because I just can't seem to stop buying things I think will make me happy."
We are so quickly caught up in the circumstances in life that we believe they are the source of our healing, hope and peace. If only we can fix our circumstances, we can fix ourselves. Truth is, our circumstances more often than not are a symptom of the brokenness in our souls, not the causes. True, certain situations can certainly break our souls -- our first abusive relationships with spouses, specials and parents. A lack of education about the perils of overspending and carefree living.
But when that first twisting of our souls occurs, it remains our souls who keep us trapped in these cycles of pain and difficulty, not the first instigator.
I could blame some proverbial dad for beating me as a child or a neglectful mom, or a molesting adult or mean teacher or lack of social skills or mean student in class or ... I mean, these are your examples. Your lives. Your pain. These initial events in our lives begin the definition, but we are trapped by our own hurt, our own injury, our own pain.
Government, no matter how well-equipped with psychiatrists and welfare, do not solve these intrinsic issues. General circumstances -- created by the harmonal quality of our souls -- will not, by default, save us from ourselves. And yet, we keep railing against government, against life, blaming everyone else, even God, about how what inside of us continues to dictate tomorrow's pain.
The simple and inescapable truth is that freedom comes from God, not man. I could live a perfectly peaceful life in the midst of the worst tyranny ever made when I feel God's presence in my day-to-day activities. And God is not some ethereal thought experiment, but a living, breathing, defined being who has revealed himself to us through his word in the Bible. Throughout the book it speaks of bring freedom to the oppressed. We are the oppressed, more by our own hearts than any external force ever could.
Do you want freedom in your life? God is the path to that freedom. Jesus is an essential element in releasing our souls from the burden of past mistakes and present sins. There is opportunity for your heart to beat free of that yolk that has weighed upon you for so very long. Do you want that freedom? Reach out for God. He is ready to offer you the freedom of the soul, and from out that freedom will come change in your circumstances.
Here are a few verses from the Bible about freedom.