• Scott Watkins

Freedom of Worship or Worship of Freedom?

1 Corinthians 7:21, NIV

Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so.

Between slavery and freedom, freedom is better. Christians should gain their freedom if they can. Paul writes this about an individual slave, but I think it applies equally well to a citizen of a democratic nation state.

Can you gain your freedom through the democratic process? Then do so.


If you cannot gain your freedom, and you find yourself subservient to another, how should you respond?

Don’t let it trouble you.

This is where we often miss it as American Christians. We fight for our freedom, but when we lose the fight, we let it trouble us deeply.

We take the internet to call names and openly and bitterly attack our leaders.

Romans 13:1, NIV

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

We have assurance that if we are slaves, those over us are established by God. We can continue to work for our freedom, but there is no cause for alarm. God is still in ultimate control of our lives, even if we have an earthly master.

Freedom can become a false god to us. We should not think earthly freedom is the key to life.

We must humble ourselves and wait on the Lord to lift us up in his own time.