The Leader of the Free World
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:17 (NIV)
Recently the world saw the election of a new president in America. The media across the globe went into overdrive, some positively, most negatively, each trying to eclipse the other in search of a story on the new president. I have no wish to sit in judgement of any politician – particularly when he/she holds such a responsible position, however I cringe when I hear the president of the United States given the title ‘Leader of the Free World.’ This appellation has been given to many American presidents and I question its veracity. I feel compelled to ask the question, if we are to have a ‘Leader of the Free World’ then what can be done to free the rest of the world? Furthermore, what kind of freedom do we have in the west?
Firstly, I ask, how exactly does one define free? Obviously, there are countries in this world where there is precious little freedom, where the people are controlled by dictators, which is a grievous situation. Nonetheless, in the ‘west’ there are many people who are also far from free. Many are crippled by debt and are not free, while mortgages and high taxes beleaguer the working person. Peer pressure dictates the trends of society and its victims are not free. The workplace is often a place of political turmoil where the participants are not free. Sadly, there is still a slave trade capitalising on the misfortunes of others. Even in the west people do not have real freedom.
God says your ways are not my ways. Read Isaiah 55:8-9, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” How relieved I am that there is a Leader of the whole world. Thank God that he sent his Son to live as a man, to die as a sacrifice for our sins, and to conquer death by resurrection—because Jesus is the ultimate Leader of the Whole world. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” And in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is the liberator of this world and he will grant freedom for all – not just the west.
How wonderful to know that Jesus, the King of Kings is going to return and be the genuine Leader of the Whole Free World.
Thank you so much, loving Father, for giving us a second chance; for giving us Jesus who will give us all the freedom that is within you. Thy kingdom come Father.
Study by Irene Wilson
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts. WD24 7HF
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