There’s only one leader of the “FREE” world, and He’s not a president. There is only one truly FREE world, and it’s not a nation – but a global community of called out ones who have life as God has it – the life of the Eternal One. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” Most certainly, He is the leader of the “FREE” world.

In this American presidential election season we hear a lot of talk about “the leader of the free world” and everyone assumes this is a reference to the President of the United States. But constitutional amendments which specify freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom of worship, do not guarantee that the people living under a political jurisdiction are truly free. This reality is on public display in my own country daily.

Every believer in Jesus Christ must know that there is a world that is free-in-principle, but a different world that is free-in-Person. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”

The only FREE world is not one which is dictated by borders, a certain political stripe, or those living under a particular national flag – though political freedoms are hard-fought and won and should be prized and protected. The truly FREE WORLD is one in which persons are free to be what God has ordained them to be by the power of the Spirit – free to do what is right, free to do what it is they are called to do – not withheld or constrained by any internal or external power of sin or self-centeredness. Free to love. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”

It may be a fact that America has the greatest per capita of people incarcerated, more than any other nation. I don’t know this for a fact. But if this is so, it is an indictment on being “leaders of the free world”. But it may also merely point to a deeper reality; that having more money, better jobs, more education, more free time and personal choice does not make a person free. There are many living behind bars that are actually more “free” than those on the outside. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”

It’s time to re-define the “FREE” world. The free world is where men and women have been set free from the tyranny of sin, the bondage of fear, the orphan spirit of self-promotion, self-ambition and the lie of the self-made man. The free world is wherever a man or woman has shed the grave clothes of self-fulfillment and have walked into the perfect law of liberty – dead to self but alive unto God by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The “FREE world” is not characterized by mimes of the intellectual, savvy, stoic and astute, but by the child-like sounds of laughter, spontaneity, fearlessness and effortless pursuits that come from free-range dreams of children living under a Perfect Father’s perfect love. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”

In the truer sense, the FREE WORLD is wherever people (in whatever nation and ethnicity) are living under the leadership of the real LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. There’s only one leader of the “FREE” world, and He’s not a president. “And whom the Son has set free is free indeed.”

Dr. Kerry Wood | All Rights Reserved 2016


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