To Be Free or Not: That Is The Question
Grace and peace to all of the precious Saints of God. I pray that our Lord continues to keep you, your family and your friends, in the name of Jesus.
While our country and indeed the world was wrestling with the effects of the COVID-19
pandemic, suddenly we were confronted with the execution of Mr. George Floyd of
Minneapolis, Mn. This coming together, collision, even confluence of trouble, has swept over the entire world. We watched in stunned confusion as this Black man was put to death before our very eyes.
How are such things possible in this, the land of the free and the home of the
brave? It seems though by law Black and Brown men and women are supposed to have all the rights accounted to American citizens, making them free, yet we see that doesn’t always apply. We see in this country and to a great measure around the globe, that people are treated worse than pets by other people. The blatant and gross disregard for human life has gripped America by the throat. Yet for all of that, the struggle for solutions persists. No one seems to know just what to do.
Make no mistake about it. Unless we are engaged and doing whatever we can, we can hardly hope for change. But I submit that our enslavement is not just a matter of being Black in America. These injustices are not just the result of racist beliefs. They are really the result of lives lived without being made free by Jesus Christ. I don’t want to imply that it’s ok just to go to church and then put our heads in the sand. But I am saying that before we can approach a real solution to our problems, we need a clear view as to what the problems really are. By all means, let’s all register to vote, and then go to the polls in November. But we need more than laws and leaders. We need Jesus. Jesus said in John 8 and verse 32 that if a person would be His disciple, “And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Only in following Jesus can we absolutely
know true freedom. He said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Let’s work, in these volatile times, to steer souls to the only source of true freedom, The Lord Jesus Christ.
Bishop Wells, D.D.
Founding Pastor, O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly