"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:37)
Freedom is something that we speak of haphazardly here in the United States. We speak of it as a right, rather than a way of life. Living in the United States, we have grown very accustomed to using the word in order to gain that which we believe is our right, something we deserve. Freedom never comes without a price, the shedding of blood, the usurping of a governmental power. Freedom never comes without a fight, nor without loss.
Con Safos, a Chicano term dating back to the 30's and 40's, one that describes a place of complete freedom. In order to have true freedom one must feel totally and completely safe, in a trusted place, without fear or anxiety, lacking nothing. The sense of barrio, the sense of familia, the sense of having a cliqua to back you up, the sense of being part of something bigger than yourself. This freedom, although it does not last forever, can make you a giant of a man. A freedom that can make you feel invincible, if only for a moment. The want of every man is to feel as if he is part of something. Whether it be monumental or life-changing, our desire to be a part is rather innate in each of us. We desire to be part of a whole, never in isolation. We desire to fill a void that has been placed in the heart of mankind. According to Ecclesiastes 3:11, God has placed eternity in the heart of every man. We are constantly in search of that which is lacking in our hearts, to fill the void that we recognize in the quietness of the hour.
Freedom, complete freedom, our ability to live unimpeded, without fear or anxiety, in complete contentment, is nothing that can be attained in this world through our own efforts. It is no wonder that in our search for freedom we have only been left wanting more, with a more poignant recognition of the void that exists within us. It is as if the more we search for the freedom through drugs, alcohol, sex, money, pornography, partying, relationships, children, cars, the attaining of friends and material goods, the larger the void becomes. And as the void grows, so our search for the fulfillment of the void intensifies, until we find ourselves at some points completely devoid of the very good we began with.
And so perhaps you find yourself at this point in your life. Devoid of faith, devoid of freedom, devoid of happiness, devoid of peace, devoid of those things that once made you feel human, content, and able to breath. There is in fact hope. That is why you are here. That is why you find yourself reading this. That is why you find yourself browsing a website that is filled with the Word of God. You almost feel like a trader reading it. But at the same time, you cannot take your eyes off of it. You know that there is Truth to be had here. There are no gimmicks. No games. No religion. Just truth. You are tired, wearied, burdened with life. You can scarcely take a breath because of the heaviness you feel from the weight of life, the burden of sin. You have seen religion and you know there are no answers to be had there. Only more burden, only more pain. Christ offers freedom to your wearied soul. He offers a freedom that is eternal, in this life and the next. That is why the Apostle John was able to proclaim with such certainty, "Whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed." What is it that you can proclaim with such audacity? Such boldness? Such certainty? You know you've found what you have been looking for on these pages. If you ignore it you will be worse off than you were before you read it.