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Liberation
“Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.”      Col. 4:1
 
    I was rather pleased that the Lord provided me with an opportunity to help a lady who appeared to be in need of some financial assistance. She had to take some groceries from her cart because she was short a mere three dollars.
    For some reason the lady paused a little bit when she was walking out; therefore I had an opportunity to approach her and to empty out what I had in my wallet and give it to her. She was puzzled at first, but nonetheless accepted my offer.
    “The poor you shall have with you always,” says the Lord.
    I made a drastic turn in my voting at the mid-term election and what made the difference was the issue of immigration. The demonization of the undocumented was just too much for me to endure.
    Surely the earth is the Lord’s and not a single human being, no matter how empowered certain people are, should act as if they are more entitled than others and treat aliens on the land as if they were slaves.
    “Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.”    
    Of course, owning slaves is neither right nor fair, but this is a topic for another day. What we learn from this verse is we must treat our fellow human beings “right and fair.” Why? The reason is rather clear and simple: “because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.” 
    “Let the masters of this earth have their days, but I am so glad that the Lord is still sitting on his throne, and there will be judgment for the powerful and the weak, and all people will be held accountable for what they do on earth,” I said to my wife the other day, feeling quite dejected for what I have witnessed in the political realm, and the injustice dealt to the underprivileged and the disenfranchised.
    I am not a slave owner by any stretch of the imagination, yet this verse is addressed to me, exhorting me that I must do my part to “set the prisoner free” and be a part of liberating the downtrodden and the marginalized and not participating in the insidious movement of modern enslavement.  
    Our church’s English worship is composed of less than ten members, yet I was amazed that the Lord brought a Mexican family into our midst to fellowship with us. They have since returned to Mexico, yet our fellowship continues through prayers and financial assistance. A few weeks ago the Lord brought another Latino to our worship and the story about this man is yet to be unveiled.
    Be it great or small, may we all do our part in this liberation process.  
 

 

Posted by Robert Sea Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:04:00 AM Categories: Devotional

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