I wonder how many Christians have been feeling like Jeremiah watching woe upon woe fall upon the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” We have seen government decrees not only ripping apart our Constitution but also shredding the moral fabric of our nation.
We have watched racial riots divide our cities and let loose hatred, violence, and lawlessness while Islamic terrorism has made our neighborhoods and communities, our sons and daughters, targets for madmen and butchers.
Slowly, ever so slowly, people across this country have ceased to be as free as we used to be.
Or as free as we thought we were. Even those fundamental freedoms enshrined in our Constitution and our cultural conscience have been eroded.
So yes, I feel like the prophet of Lamentations, and pardon my jeremiad as I indulge in some grief over what I have seen happening to this country that I love. The direction in which it is careening is frightening.
But I am not in despair. Not even over the liberties that have been taken away from me by my government and the increasingly antagonistic secular culture.
Because my freedom was never from them or of them.
As a Christian, I am among those who are like Jeremiah among the remnant people of God and like Daniel, an exile, though in my own country so akin to Babylon. As a Christian, I know beyond a shadow of doubt that I have been set free from powers far more terrifying than the kingdoms of this world. In Christ, I am free from the kingdom of darkness. In Christ, I am free from the kingdom of sin and death. In Christ, I am free to worship and adore the beauty and glory of my God and Savior. In Christ, whose truth has set me free, I am free of every lie and corruption that the world, the flesh, and the devil throw at me.
In Christ, I am free no matter what man may do to me.
And as far as the kingdoms of the world, this country and the peoples of all nations for whom I continue to shed tears and raise prayers, regardless of what those who command armies, terrorists or bureaucrats may think, “know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will” (Daniel 4:32).
Glory be to God Most High!