You Have to Pay a Price

Premise: Christians must be free and independent, to serve the Lord.

Galatians 5:1 (NKJV) – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

I Corinthians 7: 21-23 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

Muslims definitely understand the importance of Christian freedom, which is why the Islamic State is currently celebrating the revival of slavery, especially in regard to infidel – read: Christian – women. And of course, it never fully died out in various North African Islamic nations.

Secularists definitely understand not only the importance of Christian freedom, but that it’s deeply rooted in Christian property, in the right of Christians to do what they please with their own homes and businesses. Which is why socialism is always and everywhere endorsed by secular cultures – “Only the State is Lord!” – and why the rights of Christians to do what they please with their own property is always and everywhere being corroded – as well as Christian freedom to associate – and not associate – with whomsoever they please.

Christians must regain their freedom from the various Pharaohs out there, to serve the Lord as He pleases. But freedom isn’t free: a price must be paid.

  • Christ definitely paid the price for our own liberty from sin and hell: and even being the Creator of the Universe didn’t except Jesus Christ from the requirement of full and complete payment, if He wished to free His people.
  • Moses led his people out of Egypt: but to do this, he first had to lose everything, from his wealth as a prince of Egypt, to 40 years of his life in the desert.

We must also pay a price. But the price is in forgone wealth, in incurring the wrath and displeasure of the upper and governing classes, and in putting in the years – even decades –  to educate, train, and strengthen our peoples and our families (instead of just enjoying life.)

Moreover: as corporations and government grow increasingly hostile to Christians – following the lead of Our Betters – we must put in the effort to be entrepreneurial, to start our own business, to stand on our own two feet, to generate our own wealth. The entrepreneurial life is a risky life: far more businesses fail than succeed – and there is no guarantee that the State – in it’s love for its friends and it’s hatred of you and yours – won’t simply take away what you build up, under any pretext it pleases (or none whatsoever).

There is no escape: prices must be paid.

And yet, thanks to the Internet, the cost of sharing information is declining rapidly. The free flow of information will inevitably lead to the free flow of electronic wealth – especially when the State bankrupts itself, as its political promises of health and safety and a secure retirement dries up and blows away.

And in the meantime, believing Christians will grow more self-reliant, more independently minded, and will be better able to judge who to trust, and who to keep at an arms length. The ability of active Christians to work together will be greatly strengthened thanks to the Internet, and thus open the door to more freedom and liberty.

There is a price to be paid for liberty.
There is no escaping this price for Christians.
But the rewards are definitely worth it.

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