Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
Thoughts for Today:At the time 1 Corinthians was written, not everyone had the opportunity to gain their freedom. For example, in many of the Eastern regions, there was a prescribed formula for how a slave could obtain their freedom, as opposed to the Western regions, where slaves were treated much more harshly. The same is true today. Some countries are known for the great freedom of their citizens; others have oppressive governments, the people have few rights, and speaking out against injustice and those in power can have severe consequences.
In the United States we are blessed to have a constitution that gives us the right and responsibility to preserve our freedom -- both for ourselves and future generations. We have freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the right to assemble, and the right to dissent. We have the power to vote, and the opportunity to ensure that our friends, family, and fellow countrymen are aware of the current risks to our freedom. Today is not the time to surrender or leave our spiritual worldview out of politics. Therefore, Paul's advice can be taken as a call to action for those of us who have freedom to not lose it, "If you can gain your freedom, do so!"
Questions to Ponder:Have you been taking your freedom for granted? In which areas have you become "spiritually offended" by our country's direction? Is our country's path representative of your moral and ethical will? What needs to change? Are our freedoms becoming more compromised? Have you spoken against those negative trends? Will you?