“Let my people go.” Those words from God to the king of Egypt are some of the best known from the Bible. All kinds of folks—abolitionists, labor organizers, civil rights activists—have used them as a rallying call for getting out from under some kind of oppression.
But getting away is only half the story. The Israelites weren’t cut loose from Pharaoh so they could go running around on their own. They were freed from serving Pharaoh so they could begin serving the Lord. The Exodus wasn’t so much slaves breaking free from their master as it was a transfer from one master to another.
The same thing’s true today. No matter how much we think we’re on our own, we’ll always have a master, the one we’re ultimately serving. The big question is: which kingdom, and which king?
(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley