CHURCH TALK RADIO
The great American poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou reminds us in her memoirs that, “Freedom is never Free.” It’s been over four hundred years since African Americans were enslaved into a system that denied us the freedom to work for equal pay, live where we choose, the right to vote, and the privilege of being educated. Those who have preceded us had to fight for equality and freedom in a world that is rooted in racism, classism, and sexism. It was years after the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery, that the civil rights movement began, due to the continuation of slave practices on “free people.” From 1954-1968 the movement was characterized by civil resistance, acts of non-violent protests, and civil disobedience, which produced crisis situations that opened up the dialogues between activists and government authorities.
This was not accomplished without the endurance of strong individuals, who were willing to die for their freedom. They suffered at the helm of police brutality, hatred, mockery, disrespect and even death, but still persisted in the effort towards liberation. You cannot progress without pressing through the pain, even if you don’t live long enough to see the results of your perseverance, you must continue to fight for freedom. You may spend your time, resources, and life breaking the bands that bind you, but it will be worth the effort when you are no longer captive by physical, mental or debilitating limitations. Isn’t that the freedom that we desire and long to have in our lives? Well, you can only possess it by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus declares in John 8:36, Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. This is the only freedom that comes with a “deed.” That means it is settled, and no one can take your “freedom” away from you? Why? Because, the price for your freedom went to the highest bidder, and He paid it when He laid down His life for us all. This is the “Freedom” that you have been waiting for!”