As I watch the evening news or read the newspaper I can’t help but notice the growing controversy and contention around the globe. Even when I assess social media there is controversy and contention about something. No matter what situation I believe I can safely categorize all under the quest for F.I.L.E (Freedom, Independence, Liberty, Equality).
Who, what, where and how FILE looks like is creating much of the contention. Whether its people fleeing injustices from tyranny, terrorist, or criminals; nations desiring independence from another, LGBTs seeking equality, or impoverished people desiring liberty to pursue a better way of life – all want FILE. They want FILE now regardless of what the social or economic impact it will have on a nation. However, what some may not realize is, FILE always comes at a cost.
FILE is costly. Someone will pay. Someone will pay financially, with their lives or both. The history of mankind includes cycles of people fighting, dying, and expending resources in pursuit of FILE. Since human life is priceless, no one has been able to accurately determine the cost of FILE. All historians are anyone can say is FILE is priceless.
On July 4th across the United States of America we will celebrate our independence. An independence which gave freedom, liberty, and eventually equality to Americans. The USA’s FILE came at a very high price, which I think many now take for granted. However, it is my hearts desire that citizens of the USA will remember that our FILE has come with a great price. Therefore, rather than allowing bigotry, hate, racism, wealth (or lack thereof), or politics separate us, we should unite as one people under God. The God who gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ that whosoever believes on HIM shall be saved.
Over 2000 years ago, JESUS gave HIS life to redeem mankind (REDEMPTION). REDEMPTION like FILE are priceless. However, FILE cannot provide REDEMPTION, but REDEMPTION does gives FILE to whoever receives Jesus and His finished work of the cross. The FILE given through REDEMPTION can never be matched by the world. It is pure, holy, joyful, loving, kind, merciful, abundant, priceless and not from the world. It is consistent and doesn’t change with every new government or trend in society. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The author and finisher of our FILE is the Redeemer Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ.