by Roger Thomas

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Free for a Purpose (8 of 8)
Series: Galatians--Free to Serve
Roger Thomas
Galatians 5:1, 13-15

Introduction: Freedom comes in many forms. The human spirit craves all of them.

Americans know the most about political freedom. Our nation's "birth certificate", the Declaration of Independence insists, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Our national anthem refers to ours as the "land of the free and the home of the brave."

Many in this room fought for freedom in Europe and the South Pacific. In January 1941, almost a year before Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt began to prepare the country for its eventual involvement in the war against the Nazis. In his 1941 State of the Union Address, a speech that would be famous as his Four Freedoms Speech, FDR announced, "We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-- everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want . . . everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear . . . anywhere in the world" (Message to Congress, January 6, 1941).

We know much about political freedom. But that's not the only freedom. FDR hinted at another. He called it freedom from want. He referred, I suspect, to freedom from hunger and poverty. But freedom from want is more complicated than that. Even the rich and powerful are not automatically free from want. Sometimes having brings with it tyrants just as demanding as not having. I suspect that there are those in this room who dream of the day when they are not enslaved to a mountain of debt or the pressure to keep up with every fad and fashion that comes down the pike.

Freedom and slavery come in many forms. Most of us know about this from persona ...

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