Thursday, December 15, 2005

A Great Opportunity

Today is election day in Iraq. I don't know what the future holds for the Iraqi people. However, recent reports coming from that country give us reasons for hope.

We in the States are interested in the outcome. These are people who have lived under the repressive rule of a cruel tyrant for several decades. And now, they have an opportunity to begin again. To walk in liberty. To bask in freedom. My prayer is that they do not give up on that and return to repression.

We are interested in the outcome because we played a large part in their opportunity. Our forces drove the dictator out, and have helped to provide an environment in which they can hold this election. So, we have a vested interest.

Can you see where I'm going with this one? We, too, were once victims of the repressive rule of a cruel tyrant. But Jesus came to drive out the tyrant and to give us an opportunity to begin again. To walk in liberty. To bask in freedom. Yet, many give up and return to a life of repression.

Jesus, our Deliverer, has a vested interest in the outcome of our lives. He has spilt blood to give us our opportunity for new life. And, by His Holy Spirit, we have been provided an environment in which we can be overcomers.

Let's pray for the Iraqi people. But let's also pray for all who bend our knees to Jesus, that we will choose to follow the path to freedom. Freedom from sin. Freedom from bondage. Freedom from the evil tyrant. Freedom in Jesus!


Randy said...

A significant difference between our struggle and those of the Iraqi people is that they ultimately will be on their own. We will leave them and they will succeed or fail based on their own efforts. Christians are never alone and nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our lord.

Beverly Ross said...

Rick, I love this blog! I delight in being reminded that the oppressive tyrant will one day be silenced by our King! That the evil one does not take his residence in my heart; that the King of Kings is on His throne! I love the analogy you make here about the Iraqi people. May the love of Jesus be known to them! May the Christians over there be bright lights to spotlight His glory!