Periodically I got to a search site on the internet named “Google” and do a search for “Eastman, Georgia.” I search the news because I am curious if anything major has happened in the Eastman area. I also regularly go to the Dodge County News web site to check on things in Eastman. Recently, as I have done searches for Eastman news, I have come across articles concerning the confederate flag controversy. It is amazing how Eastman gets written about in the Atlanta paper and other papers concerning that issue. From what I can understand, it seems some folks have been protesting the flying of the confederate flag in the court house area. The flag, they say, is reminder of the times of slavery in Georgia.
I am not going to deal with that specific issue (the flying of the flag) in today’s Manna column. But you know what? I am over here in the Philippines, yet almost every single day I see things that remind me of slavery. Slavery still exists in the Philippines. And guess what, it also still exists there in Dodge County. But it is a slavery not related to one’s skin color. Let me explain what I mean.
Each day as I go around the Philippines, I see people that are still slaves. I walk down the road and I see a couple of men getting drunk almost everyday. Those guys are slaves to sin; slaves to a bottle of liquor. I see some other youth in the community. They look spaced out and wild-eyed because they are on drugs. They are slaves to illegal drugs. I see other men in the community who are always fooling around on their wives. They are slaves to sexual immorality. Still other men are slaves to pornography. I listen on the street and hear a housewife shouting and screaming. She is a slave to an uncontrollable temper. Other ladies are always going house-to-house sharing the latest gossip with their friends. They are slaves to gossip. Friends, slavery still abounds today. Millions of folks are slaves to sin.
We see this type of slavery clearly mentioned in the following passage of scripture. But notice also, there is still another form of slavery mentioned. Romans 6:16-18 - “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17) But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18) You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
Brothers and sisters, every single person reading this column today is someone’s slave. You are either a slave of sin or a slave of righteous. And, again, it has absolutely nothing to do with the color of your skin. It is an issue of what your heart is like. So whose slave are you? Are you a slave to sin? Does sin own you? Do you obey its every call? Or have you been set free from sin by Jesus Christ? Through Jesus Christ are you now a slave of righteous? Do you love righteousness and seek to always obey and follow God? Friends, you are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteous. It is one or the other. I ask you again, whose slave are you?