Tainted Freedom

Judges 21:25 NIV

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

It keeps saying this. Before, after, and sometimes right in the middle of the stories in Judges, we are told there was no king and everyone did what they wanted. And look at the craziness that takes place. Right there, in chapters 19-21, I just read about how a Levite(or church worker) had a concubine (not a wife) and she cheated on him, left him, and ran home. Then there’s a part about a town of Israelites acting like Sodom and trying to rape a new visitor to the town (the same Levite). Only, unlike the story of Sodom, there are no angels to save them. The guy sends out his concubine, and she is gang-raped and beaten to death. Then the guy takes her body home to CUT HER UP and send her body all over to rally the troops. Then they almost wipe out one of their own tribes! This is everyone living as he sees fit. Lame!

In those days there was no king. Because God was their k ing. But they ignored God. They lived with the freedom of not having a ruler over them. And it corrupted them; their freedom was tainted. Freedom in this world is not true freedom. It is tainted by our sin and this broken world we live in.

Galatians 5:1 NIV

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

We have true freedom in Christ. Some people only see the do’s and don’t’s, and they miss the bigger picture. We are incapable of being trustworthy with our own freedom. I am made to worship and serve something. If I serve the Lord, I have true freedom in my service. But if I serve anything else, I am just doing what I please, and I am bound to end up doing the same things that Israel did in those days: whatever I want. Which will lead to my destruction.

Lord, help me to be Your servant, and not a slave to myself and my selfishness. I want to be and do what I was made for, not whatever thing seems right in that moment. Help me. change me. Make me like your son. I am yours. Amen.