Editor’s Note: I’ve enjoyed listening to Pastor Tony Evans with The Urban Alternative for many years. Today it seems that people are battling more stress in life than ever before. The covid pandemic has no doubt made 2020 possibly the worst year for most of us.
Lately, I’ve had to attend many funerals this year than ever before. As a state legislator, I often get very frustrated with the government and the mindset of other lawmakers. Sadly, I’m surprised at the number of people who think more laws and legislation are going to improve society-I beg-to-differ. More government, more bureaucracy, more fees, and more taxes don’t offer us more freedom-it only offers society more bondage and encroachment upon our civil liberties.
Freedom is something that should concern us all, black or white, Republican or Democrat, and rich or poor. The gospel and the example Christ laid out for us to follow, I will argue can offer that ‘Freedom’ and improve society better than any newly created legislation (any want to debate the issue-just tell me where to show up).
Our country has more laws today than ever before. I remind myself what Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help. ”
My hope is that this article in the Tennessee Ledger may help someone battling the stresses of life and find some freedom during this crisis.
“For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”