The Bible in One Year:
Romans 16
Golden Verse
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
(Galatians 5:1)


Read this poetry by Ananda Rezky Wibowo, take from What do you think about this poetry? Why did the author say that Indonesia was crying? Why did he say that the prosperity of the people is just a delusion, and justice is just a fantasy? What might be in his mind when he said that there is no more freedom? Can you explain it? How should we have been enjoying our freedom while living in our independent country?

The book of Exodus, in short, is telling us about how God delivered His people from bondage to live in freedom. God led them from Egypt to the Promise Land. This chapter contains songs of Moses and Miriam praising God who had saved Israel from the Egyptian army. Israel was free. Unfortunately if we read further, we’ll find how Israel failed to be grateful to God for their freedom (for instance, Exodus 15:24 “So the people grumbled against Moses …” or Exodus 16:2-3). We should learn from Israel’s failure and start to find out how we can be grateful to God for giving us freedom.

Now as Christian youths, try to make one simple action that will show our gratefulness to God for the freedom He gave us as Indonesian people. We can write, for example, poetry that praise our Lord for giving us freedom, or have youth discussions about the social problems our society are dealing with and try to present solutions for those problems which are in our capacity as Christian youths to contribute to our country. We can also hold worship services in our churches every time we celebrate Indonesia Independence Day.

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. (Kahlil Gibran)
“Lord, thank you for our independence day. Help us to be grateful by promoting peace and justice to all people. Help us to be responsible for the freedom you have given to us as a person or as a nation, Indonesia. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

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