I recently heard that there are 27 million people enslaved today thoughout the world. I would have never believed that. In this modern world, how could slavery even exist? It does however. There are more slaves today than there were at any time in history, and there is more need for advocacy groups that press for the freedom of those enslaved. But those countries that allow slavery refuse groups like Amnesty International access to their nation, because of their sovereignty may be challenged. So we must continue to pray God's help to free people, enslaved by others.
I have news for you, there are more than 27 million slaves in the world today. That number is dwarfed by the number of people who are really enslaved, the people who have placed themselves in personal slavery, by the use of drugs and alcohol. They are taken away from a life of freedom to choose anything other than the choosing how they will feed their addiction one more time. There are other addictions, other forms of slavery as well. People are slaves to food, to debt, to their jobs, to their possessions, to their past, to their religion, to negative thinking, to appearance, and even their children. Yet one points the finger at the other in a condescending way and say, "why don't you just quit doing that?" Right... go immediately to the mirror and look at yourself.
The alcoholic cannot free himself from the slavery of alcoholism by seeing himself as an alcoholic. He must see himself as a powerless alcoholic to be free of his enslavement to alcohol. So it is with drugs, and any addiction. Here is a thought from one of the greatest thinkers of all time:
"Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to
obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin
leading to death, or obedience leading to righteousness?" Rom.6:16
Whatever you give yourself to...you belong to that. It is only when we realize our slavery, and admit our powerlessness to be free, before we can be truly free. We die to live. Die to the thought of our control over our addiction, or slavery to it continues.
If you think you aren't a slave, change. See if you can stop feeding yourself heroin if you use daily. Try to stop wearing yourself out pleasing everyone if you constantly seek approval from others. Try to stop talking about others, setting glued to your TV, playing video games, or trying to control your children's lives. You can't, you won't, you are a slave.
There is a freedom offered to you. A new freedom found only in Christ. By accepting your addicted enslavement, asking for Him to come in to your heart....yes, by becoming His slave, only then will you receive this new freedom. When He enters the scene, the light comes on, you see your slavery...and He removes the chains. You will always fight for your freedom, even with Him as your Master, because you are human, humans do get enwrapped in themselves. But He will free you with each challenge as you mature in your walk through life. You will be called a hypocrite, a Bible thumper, and even be disliked by others, but you will be free, and with each challenge, know to go to the source to remain free.
And one more thing. Get into a recovery group if you are on dope, or alcohol. God uses people to help people. No matter your addiction, seek the help from others. Get a person you feel has this relationship to Jesus, let them guide you along, out of slavery, into new freedom. God designed it that way, so we can humble ourselves to get help, and the helper can serve.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith