During President Trump’s State of the Union speech, he said, to the applause of Republicans, “We are born free and we will stay free.”
While we shouldn’t nitpick his speech, it is worth considering such a statement from a biblical worldview—Are we really born free? Not according to the Bible.
While Adam and Eve were given great freedom, there was one tree among a garden full of trees from which they could not eat; it served, we might say, as a sacramental reminder that their freedom was under and subject to God.
But they rejected the freedom they were given, and ever since people have sought freedom apart from God.
That kind of freedom results in a slavery to sin that leads to death. And that kind of freedom should break our hearts, not lead to our applause.
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