Monday, June 7, 2010

True Freedom

The tow truck driver was busily unloading our vehicle from off his truck. I was standing beside it, watching. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a teenager walking down the side of the road, busily staring back at me. As soon as we made eye contact, he called out, "Hey, do you have any smokes?"

"No, I don't smoke. Why?"

"I'm going crazy right now 'cause I need a smoke."

After explaining to him that I had no way to give him a cigarette, no matter how much he paid me, he started talking about other things. "Where you from?"


"So how do you like Canada?" The entire time he was talking he kept nervously spitting behind him because of his nicotine withdrawal. His eyes held the look of pain, and yet he kept a nervous smile pasted on his face.

"It's very nice. Reminds me a lot of Alaska!" I said.

His reply took me by surprise. With a somewhat triumphant fist waving emphatically in the air he stated, "But Canada's a free country!!" Not sure what he meant by that, since the U.S. is a free country also, but I did find his answer to be very telling. Here was this young man living in a free country, enslaved by his own passions. I'm sure his view on freedom would be lack of restraint, but the result of that was a nervous wreck who was roaming the streets near midnight frantically looking for someone who would sell him a couple cigarettes.

"Sorry I couldn't help you," I said in parting. With a quick wave he headed on down the street to be lost forever in the multitudes of enslaved young people falsely believing they are free human beings. The fact remains that freedom is not being free to do as you please, but free to do as you ought. When God reminded the Israelites of His immutable law by speaking the ten commandments on Mt. Sinai, he wasn't trying to show them how captive and enslaved they were, but how free they were! Obeying God's law brings the utmost freedom, since it is only through obedience that true freedom is obtained.

Democracies know this, why don't Christians?


  1. Hey Seth!
    Did you guys break down in Canada?
    That's too bad.
    But at least you had a great opportunity to get a great object lesson!
    Your brother in Christ,

  2. Yep, we're broke down here in Fort Nelson. Should be on the road by tomorrow morning though, Lord willing...


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