Harriet Tubman’s unflinching resolve to pursue freedom has pushed me to take a long look in my own mirror. Are there areas in my life where I’m bound, yet remain unaware of my captivity? Have I embraced toxic ideals that lead me away from the gospel and toward sin?
Bound by societal norms and expectations, do I remain oblivious to my enslavement? Harriet’s legacy invites us, as spiritual descendants, to delve into our own lives and confront the conditions, the subtle, sly idols that slink into our lives today and enslave us.
Are we bound by materialism? Are we are trapped by biases and pre-conceptions buried in our subconscious? Perhaps we carry bitterness, a lack of forgiveness or resentment in our hearts.
Whenever we dwell in captivity, we are not living the life God intended for us.
Today is Passion Sunday. The readings are Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14–23:56; Luke 23:1-49 (alternate). This message was adapted from “Beyond Hallelujah” by Angela Khabeb in the March 2016 issue of Gather magazine.