Spiritual freedom is only found in Christ, but the freedom that I am going to talk about in this article is a different kind of freedom. It is the freedom to come and go, the freedom to do whatever you want or not and, whenever you want. This is also the freedom to own your own consequences… good or bad.
I will call that freedom, your basic earthly freedom. This earthly freedom is not free. As a matter of fact, to the degree that you are able to pay your own way, to that same degree, your freedom will be able to expand, be limited or even disappear. You legally qualify for this freedom at 18 years of age, but some have gained this freedom at younger ages.
In order to understand what I am talking about; take a moment to answer the following questions: Do you pay for your place of residence? Do you buy your own food? Do you buy your own hygiene products? Do you pay for your own transportation? Do you pay for your cell phone? Do you pay for the electricity you enjoy? Should I keep going?
If you pay for these things, you are free. If you chose not to pay for these things, but decide to be an Alaskan mountain man who works hard to survive in the wild, you are still free. However, if others are paying for you to live, then you are still a slave. You will never be free as long as others are paying for you to make a living.
This is the issue that is killing many of us Latinos, many of us Blacks and many Native Americans. The enemy has convinced many of us that we can’t make it without government assistance, that someone must pay our way. Many of us have even developed an entitlement mentality where we feel somebody MUST help us. We better learn what the Scripture say,
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV)
You have the freedom to do whatever you want to do with your life, but in order to stop being a slave you must work hard to depend on no one but God. Proverbs 22:7 tells us,
The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender. (NKJV)
As long as somebody is paying the bills that you are supposed to be paying, you will never be free. As long as the government is your hope, you will never be free; this means that you will never see the fullness of your potential in God. I don’t have all the answers, but I know that there is something amazing God wants to do with Latinos, Afro-Americans and Native Americans.
I tell my people: We are able; with God’s help we are able. Through racism, discriminations and whatever obstacles the enemy throw at us, we are able in God. This dependency mix with this sense of entitlement is a sin, is a lack of faith, a lack of trust in our God. This is a call for my Latino and my Afro and Native Americans brothers to believe that the last shall be first (Matthew 20:16). It starts with us MEN!