We Americans are proud of our freedoms. We are proud that we can vote, that we can own firearms, and that our houses cannot be searched without probably cause. Nevertheless, even though we are free from the yoke of other humans, we who are Christians need to see ourselves as slaves of God:
For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. (I Corinthians 7:22 NIV)
In Paul’s day, many Christians were slaves when they where called to faith in the Lord. Paul encourages these slaves that they are not really the property of others: they are the Lord’s free person. Human beings cannot really own other humans, even though they think they do. Therefore a Christian slave should not be worried by his state of bondage: it is only temporary and he will be freed from it at the resurrection of the dead.
But those of us who were free when called must see ourselves as Christ’s slave. We must not overemphasize our legal freedoms to the point that we feel that we do not have to obey God either. EVEN THOUGH WE MAY BE MEMBERS OF A DEMOCRACY, WE STILL NEED TO ACCEPT CHRIST AS OUR KING AND EMPEROR.