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“We Have A Hostage Situation”

All day I have been pondering one line from my pastor’s sermon this morning: “humanity is held hostage by sin and death.” It sounds stereotypically Christian; traditional language about being in bondage to sin, our need to repent, the looming punishment if we don’t.

But that’s not what I heard this morning. Instead I heard the lead – in from a cable news broadcast, or saw the headline from a blog post, “Humanity Held Hostage by Sin!”

First thought was of the groups we separate from the “rest of us,” the ones we segregate because the people who fall into our constructed categories are not what we want them to be. We have taken them hostage, deprived them of their freedom, grabbed control of their lives! Then I thought about how imprisoning it is to “the captors” to live day in and day out in pursuit of the power and purity in denial of their own differences and uniqueness.

Both examples speak truth to the proclamation. We, human beings, persons of all types are held hostage when other persons seek to control our beliefs, our religions, our relationships. Yet those persons attempting to control other persons are the ones truly held captive.

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Categories: Christianity, relationship
  1. Julie
    April 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    That is such a powerful message and one I think everyone needs to think about. Don’t we all strive to be a FREE people? Yet, when you think about it in those terms most everyone is a hostage by their own doing. I, for one, am going to try and be a better, more accepting and loving person. I know that is what God wants from us all. Thank for this blog, I always find it interesting and inspiring.

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