I just finished reading a book entitled PRINCESS: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil by Jean Sasson. Set in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the story is about the plight of women in this strict religious society. The book contains much disturbing and shocking information but it’s well worth reading.
In the calendar of events listed at the back, it states that in 1962, slavery was abolished and yet most slaves continued to live with their former owners. This is a phenomenon that also occurred in the U.S. after slaves were freed. Many had grown secure in their slavery so they chose to continue to live as though nothing had changed. They chose the supposed security of slavery over the unpredictability of freedom.
I believe there is a slave mentality that sets in after someone has been bound for many years. If the slave owner is kind, the slave if given the choice may choose to remain as a servant. If the slave owner is cruel, however, the slave may choose to venture out on his own but his thoughts and behavior are still controlled by a slave mentality.
This is also the history of the children of Israel. When they left Egypt, God was able to immediately take them out of Egypt but it was a lengthy process to get Egypt out of them. The process began and continued in the wilderness. However, even though they finally entered the promise land, they were never totally free in their hearts. This became obvious when they chose to be ruled by a king rather than live out of their relationship with God.
Unfortunately, this mindset is still alive and well in the church. Father invites us into a life lived out of our union with him but instead, we’ve chosen to be enslaved to the supposed security of man-made institutions. Although he’s called us to a life of freedom, we’ve chosen to remain in bondage following rules and laws.
The good news is that many in the church have finally decided to leave the slavery of legalism and live in freedom. However, once the decision is made, we’ll still have to deal with thoughts and behaviors that are holdovers from our days of bondage. When this happens, it’s very easy to get discouraged and give up. It’s important, however, that we don’t allow ourselves to give up because, if we continue to move forward even when we think we’re making little or no progress, we’ll eventually begin to experience greater and greater freedom.
Learning to live free is a process. Just because Father says we’re free doesn’t mean, we’ll automatically know how to live free. We have to be re-trained how to live free. This is a process that is similar to that used by animal handlers who re-train animals who were raised in captivity before releasing them into the wild. To read more about this process, follow this link.
After I wrote this, I read a post written by Amy over at Walking In The Spirit that goes along well with my post. To read what she has to say, follow this link.