I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
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