What is Liberty?

I hope you enjoy this letter on Liberty as written by Dr. Harold Sala:

It’s called "the Liberty Bell" and its home is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Since the latter third of the 18th century, it’s been an American symbol of freedom. On the bell is an inscription from the Old Testament book of Leviticus that reads, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10). Visitors to this historic site notice that the old bell is cracked. Its said to have been rendered unringable by too vigorous a tolling on Washington’s Birthday in 1846.

What did Moses mean when, centuries ago, he said that liberty was to be proclaimed throughout the land? Was this a political statement suggesting that every nation be a democracy? Not at all. In its context, the statement was personal. People were to celebrate the goodness of God during the 50th year when people were liberated from the bondage of debt.

So what does this teach us? Simply put: that freedom under God is a personal matter regardless of the nature of the government under which you live. Whether you live in a democracy or a socialist government, God wants to set you free from the bondage of your old, sinful nature. God’s forgiveness cancels the debt that was against us, one that was paid by the sacrifice of Him who died on a cross outside Jerusalem.

Today’s e-message is not intended to be a "hurray for America", but a hurray for a great and loving God who can set you free spiritually, and let His liberty reign in your heart. Jesus put it so forcibly: "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36).

When you believe the promises of Scripture that reach across ages and cultures, you honor God. He will bless you personally giving you spiritual forgiveness, freedom, and joy!

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