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Summary: This sermon explores the freedoms we have in Christ

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Liberty

About 3 years ago, I had the opportunity to go to China on a business trip. The Gideon’s had entrusted me with 10 Chinese/English new testaments and I must say that I was a good Gideon, every hotel that I stayed in while there was left with a Bible or two.

I was even able to give a couple to individuals who received them gratefully.

I was a little concerned going through customs but my luggage passed through the scanners without so much as a raised eyebrow. I give God the glory for that as well as those prayers that were being lifted up for me.

On this particular trip, I had the opportunity to get away from the areas normally visited by westerners and get a glimpse of what life is like for the average Chinese citizen.

I had the opportunity to spend three days with a man and his family while he and I painted a turkey decoy.

To get to his apartment we had to go a couple hundred yards down an alley barely wide enough for two sub compact cars to pass by each other.

We were stepping over and around garbage and one day a dead rat covered in flies.

It is sad to say that the man’s apartment was not much cleaner than the ally. The apartment consisted of a front room and a back room connected by a hallway with a couple of small roods to one side and a bathroom on the other.

The toilet had no tank, just a buck to fill with water and pour down the bowl to flush.

In the front room he had a vent system for airbrushing artwork and the back room had a chair and table where his niece hand painted figurines.

As you entered the apartment, the first wall you see had a large mural of Chairman Mao painted on it.

Looking at their conditions and the condition of his neighbors, I couldn’t help get the feeling they were slaves to the government.

My host told me that in their way of thinking, no one exists or matters except their immediate family.

He told of babies being kidnapped and their arms and legs broken backwards so that the baby appeared deformed. Then they sit the baby on a blanket on the street as a sympathy prop for begging.

What I saw was a nation with no soul, a country and a people that the government had crushed spiritually to the point where they had the compassion of animals.

A total absence of liberty.

As our government continues its quest to rid our society of all public vestiges of religion, I have seen the final destination of that journey.

We must fight to insure we never arrive at the place where China is today.

Look with me at Gal. 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

I always thought “stand fast” was a nautical term. It is a term I used quite often in the Navy. It means “don’t move.”

So Paul is saying “don’t move from the liberty or freedom we have in Christ.”

I am always amused by the idea unbelievers have about Christianity. To hear them talk you would think we were all prisoners to some strict code of conduct, but Paul says that Christ has made us free.


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