Thursday, January 24, 2008

Which kingdom?

“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

6 comments:

NaNcY said...

good point.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for saying so.

Sista Cala said...

You have defined sanctification in a nutshell. Being set apart (away)from evil is the easy part of being a saint. So many folks put a great store in what they are abstaining from, rather than realizing the importance of doing what they are called to do as saved individuals.

Gord said...

Great post, Milton. Makes me think of the Bob Dylan song... "Your gonna have to serve somebody."

What really stuck out and made me think of this is your sentence... "The Exodus wasn't so much slaves breaking free from their master as it was a transfer from one master to another."

Truly, "your gonna have to serve somebody."

"It may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but your gonna have to serve somebody." - Bob Dylan.

Thanks for the profound thought, Milton. Keep up the good work.

Milton Stanley said...

Amen. Good point, Carla. Peace.

Milton Stanley said...

Well, Gord, as I was writing the post I had that very Dylan song, from Slow Train Comin', in mind.