Slavery Still Exists!
Slavery still exists! Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves of his day and proclaimed all men free – but still there are slaves!
If you don’t believe me, let me lead you to the skid rows of our great cities. Allow me to point out the mistreated slaves over whom King Alcohol rules with a bottle for a scepter. With aching heart, see their bloodshot eyes, unshaven faces, and looks of despair. They’re free men – but slaves to alcohol!
Houses of ill fame are full of free men who are slaves to lust. Gambling dens resound with the voices of free men – slaves to greed.
Are you a slave? A slave is one who is not free. How free are you? Are you the master of your passions, desires, and appetites, or do they master you? Do you eat to live or live to eat? Do you make money just to live or do you live just to make money? Remember what Christ said: “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” John 8:34
Hundreds of years ago a man cried out, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do… O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me…” Romans 7:19, 24
If you are like this man, you are not very free. But I have good news for you. “If the Son (Christ) therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
There was an old colored man who lived a secluded life in the hills of Kentucky. He had escaped a cruel master, and fearing lest he be caught and taken back to such a cruel master, he has lived these many years in a lonely, log cabin in the hills. He had no communications with the outside world from one year to another.
Finding that he desperately needed food, he set off for the small village to get hominy, syrup, corn, and other items which made up his meager menu. Lest some slave dealer see him, he cautiously slipped among the silent shadows and towering trees. As he neared the village, he was startled by a man’s voice. He saw that the speaker was Jeremiah Jones, the colored preacher, drinking peppermint tea. “Why are you all creeping about like a frightened possum?” the preacher asked. “Don’t you know dear old Abraham Lincoln set us colored folk free? No more slave days for us,” added Jeremiah Jones, as a smile pulled at the corners of his mouth.
“When did this all happen?” asked the wondering man.
“Why, we’ve been free for a year,” answered preacher Jones.
As a tear trickled down his cheek, the old colored man replied, “Just think! Here I’ve been living like a slave for a whole year, while all the time I’ve been free.”
Unsaved reader, you’re like our colored friend. You’ve been a slave to sin for years while all the time you could have been free. Why? Because Christ defeated Satan and sin when He died for your sins on Calvary. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” John 19:30. He defeated the bondage of sin and Satan. There is freedom for you through Christ – freedom from evil habits, freedom from a guilty conscience, freedom from fear about the present and future, and finally freedom from eternal death.
Slavery still exists – but you don’t need to be a slave to sin and Satan any longer. Christ can set you free. Receive Christ as your Saviour and have this promise: “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God.” John 1:12