Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Captive Nations Week
President Eisenhower, and every successive U.S. president up to the present day, has declared the third week of July to be Captive Nations Week, “a week aimed at raising public awareness of the oppression of nations under the control of ... non-democratic governments.”
While democratic forms of government certainly establish and maintain greater liberties for their citizens, even a “free” majority can be oppressive to the minority if the majority is sinful.
Much contemporary Western thinking assumes a nation can only be taken captive by military might. But a nation can be taken captive by an enslaving worldview, a blindness, a philosophy, even by lust.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.—Proverbs 11:6
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.—John 8:36
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.