07172017 Monday

“They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free?’’” (John 8:33).

NEVER BEEN ENSLAVED? What about the 400 years in Egypt? Or the occupation of the Philistines? Assyrian and Babylonian exile? The Roman oppression under which you now reside? Ancestral heritage, cultural elitism, and prejudiced nationalism blinded Jesus’ audience to the state of their depravity and their absence of authentic faith. It’s akin to those who think they are Christian because they were raised in church or born an American. Beware of the Stockholm syndrome and its accompanying alliance with the very thing that holds you captive. The emotional fireworks fueling the shouts of freedom may well obscure one’s vision to the reality of an imprisoned soul.

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