The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. -- Psalms 103:6
Thursday, January 29, 2015
My Liberation Theology
If we wrestle not against flesh and blood but with spiritual foes, it makes sense that oppression, that is, circumscription of or constraints upon our liberty would be spiritual as well.
I’m a member of the NRA. I have been for years and will be for many more years. Personally, I am very conservative. Politically, I am libertarian and vote Republican most often, occasionally voting for Libertarian or other third party candidates. I spend a lot of time complaining about intrusive bureaucracies, government schools, and the oppressive, obsessive, statist control freaks that want to tell me how to live. I don’t think they are any better or wiser than anyone they are trying to intimidate and control. We ought to try and elect people who will leave us alone; nevertheless, politics is not capable of ultimately rescuing us from despots and tyrants. We need to be free before we can enjoy freedom.
No one ever became a better person because he or she was restricted from doing bad things and harming themselves and others. It’s true that sometimes people in prison, for example, turn their lives around, but that’s because they realize the bondage they are in, and they decide they are going to change their lives. Being caged can get your attention, but it doesn’t, by itself, change you.
Liberty, freedom from oppression is more than just a state of mind. We will never be free apart from Christ. So long as we live by the old nature, we live as slaves of sin. The Cross releases our will and allows us to freely choose to serve the Lord – because, as Dylan says, we’re going to serve somebody. In fact, the process of learning to be a servant of God, becoming a disciple, is essential to our liberation.
Even though our position has changed when we confess and receive Christ, our minds still have to be renewed. We have, especially some of us, a lot of mental strongholds behind which the enemy hides and from which he attacks the new man. Those have to identified, taken and destroyed. We do that through disciplines such as prayer, worship, communion, confession, submission and obedience to authority, studying the Bible and fellowshipping with the saints.
No one can really give another person freedom. A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him (Ezra Pound). Even Christ can only offer us our liberation. The Lord makes it possible; He works righteousness and justice. It is up to us, though, to decide we are going to accept and live in the freedom He is creating for us.