At some point in every man’s life, he hears a voice of conscience (perhaps it is a faint whisper from God Himself) urging him to break loose from the suffocating bonds of lust or fear, which hold him against his will in either the endless search for more—more wealth, more excitement, more control—or the legalistic monotony of what some might call “religion.”
When a man hears that voice, he often thinks he knows what it will take to break free, yet simultaneously feels as though he has lost his way. (He wouldn’t know what to do with himself if he were to break free.)
What he needs is someone to follow.
One of the most beautiful things about life is that truth seems to hold firm through every layer—the micro, the macro, and everything in between.
Take, for example, the soul of a man and the “soul” of a nation:
The United States of America, young as it is, has a short history made thick by the struggle and fight for freedom. In the same way a young man may recognize the awful injustice of the powers—whatever they may be—that hold sway over his soul, young America (the original colonies) could not ignore the injustices that came from the crown. Which is why Thomas Jefferson penned the words:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…. whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…
Though people who were looking for new, abundant lives established the colonies, they instead began suffocating under tyrannical rule from the old world. So they declared their independence, abolished the old system and instituted a new one.
As humans, we often flee from life’s hardships to chase after our carnal desires or to find “safety” in rigid moral or religious structures. But if we are honest with ourselves, we find that our escapes lose their initial appeal and we find the same old futility we were running from in the first place. We need to break our ties with the old life entirely, and replace it with life that is truly new.
2 Corinthians 3:7 & 9-11 gives us even more reason, spiritually speaking, to do just that: