"It is with this hope that we stand for the freedom of others."

Who Can Fathom?

I was telling my wife this morning, “I am tired of always hearing bad news on TV!”Injustice dominates much of the world. People are enslaved, billions live on less than $2 per day, terrorists seem ready to attack anywhere, and corporations cheat their workers by paying only minimum wage when they can afford to pay a real living wage. Who can fathom the cost of corruption, greed, and oppression pressing in on the lower and middle class by pharmaceuticals, corporate giants, powerful banks, and even the NFL?

Why even attempt to be an ambassador of justice with a tsunami of darkness and brokenness continually pressing in on all sides? Because from the beginning of time, these same dilemmas faced God’s children during their pursuit of Him.

And God always provided a redeemer.

When the Israelites were enslaved, God sent Moses to advocate on their behalf and bring freedom. When the Jews were going to be annihilated, God raised up Queen Esther to stand on their behalf so they would be rescued. And ultimately, the world found its full redemption in the death and resurrection of Jesus. All of these stood in the gap for the oppressed, and we have that same opportunity today. At Freedom 58 we are honored to work alongside those who are faithfully giving their lives so that others can be free.

So when God decides to act on the cries of the oppressed, we want to be ready to stand up for them, to take up their cause, to play a role in their redemption.

“Let us not grow weary in doing good,” is a Bible passage from the book of Galatians that I take great comfort in, because the second half of this verse states, “for in due time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.”

This is the hope we live in! As Bishop N.T. Wright stated, “What we are promised is that God will make a world in which all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well, a world in which forgiveness is one of the foundation stones and reconciliation is the cement which holds everything together.” – Evil and The Justice of God, pg. 164.

It is with this hope that we stand for the freedom of others.

Bob Swenson