A humanist philosophy originated in Western Europe around 300 years ago called, ‘enlightenment thinking’. The world, through this idea, is proclaiming ‘freedom’ to the captives.
But what kind of freedom is it? Are they showing us how to be free from the bondages of sin and guilt? Do they offer freedom from the enslavement of addiction, hopelessness, anger or injustice? No! They are proclaiming a freedom from God, not the freedom of God.
They insist that we must be freed from his values, his life and his purposes. Think how incredible this is. People actually believe that to be ‘released’ from the loving embrace of the Father’s unconditional love is freedom! This reminds us of Jesus’ story about the son who ran away from home. He rejected what he thought was the boring life of bondage at home on the farm only to find that life in ‘Sin City’ was not so good after all. Fresh from the stench and humiliation of the pigpen, he found what he had missed all along – freedom at home.
Ironically, he was willing to come home as a hired servant – the very thing he thought he had run away from. But he became a son set free, not a slave in chains. Now is the time for lost sons and daughters to return home and find freedom in the Father’s house – to experience the loving embrace and acceptance of God who paid a high price for our reconciliation to him. The Father wants to restore us so that we can live in true freedom.