When the Shackles Remain // Spiritual Bondage

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Letter from the Editor…

Mary Kate Peterson is a first year blog team member with a deeper insight into the truth about bondage. While many see bondage as only a physical matter, victims of human trafficking deal with far more than what meets the eye. Yet, Peterson also makes the case for why we all deal with spiritual bondage in some personal form as well. So while we many not be able to connect to victims through an understanding the physical, perhaps we can use our own spiritual experiences of bondage to create greater levels of empathy and prayer.

In this world, we are faced with bondage. We tie ourselves to the weight of our past, the discontent of our present, and the uncertainty of our future. It seems that we’re surrounded on all sides by brokenness and too often we feel it in ourselves.

After being physically liberated, victims of human trafficking often find themselves chained to the life they knew before, and they return to what they thought they were free from. We can be tempted to do the same. Our identities are often wrongly created through our emotional experience with a fallen world; but we serve a God who has brought us out of deep darkness into everlasting light.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” // John 16:33

Without Christ, none of us can know and experience true freedom. Not only physical freedom, but freedom from our fear, freedom from the past, freedom from ourselves. Jesus not only strips the shame of sin and oppression from us, but also gives us a new identity in Him. We die to our old self, and we come to life in the joy of our Lord. Jesus makes us new with the covenant of His blood. We are saved through His sacrifice and made new through His grace.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. // 2 Corinthians 5:17

Behold, the former things have come to pass,  and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” // Isaiah 42:9

 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” // Revelation 21:5

In fighting for the physical freedom of those that are being trafficked, we must remember that this experience is not as distant as we might think. Bondage is a human struggle, and we were all enslaved to sin and brokenness before Christ saved us and made us new. Physical freedom is temporary, but the spiritual freedom that the Gospel has given us lasts for eternity.

Remember that the God of the universe has liberated us from all that plagues our hearts and bodies, and no matter where we roam, He invites us to experience the freedom that He gave his life for. Rejoice in that fact today! As we pursue freeing victims from their captors, remember to be praying for Christ to soften ALL of our hearts so that we can experience liberation from the cruelest master: our own sin.

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