Breaking Chains

I’ve been talking about the insidiously evil nature of Identity Politics and Critical Theories, and how these neo-Marxist offshoots are destroying our culture and nation. Seeing us go down this dystopian slippery-slope is a bit depressing, so I thought I would share a worship post to uplift us! Frankly, after all the research I’ve had to do with the ugliness of Socialism, I really need this respite! Time for good news!

The good news is, in God’s heavenly family there’s no such distinction between race, ethnicity, class, or gender, and there are no oppressors or oppressed. Everyone is equal and free in Christ’s kingdom.

27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal.3:27-28 NIV*)

From its inception, Jesus’ Church has been multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. We see men and women, black, white, Jewish, Greek, Roman, African, and from various Mediterranean cities, all integral to the earliest formation of the Church.

Here’s one example:

In the church at Antioch there were a number of prophets and teachers of the Word, including Barnabas, Simeon from Niger, Lucius the Libyan, Manean (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. (Acts 13:1 TPT)

Simeon was a black man from Africa; Lucius was of unknown ethnicity from Libya; Manean was from a royal background; and Saul was a Jew, a religious Pharisee from a Roman province in modern-day Turkey.

There were also great women leaders in the church like Phoebe, Junia, and Priscilla (Rom.16:1-7).

Many of the early church were made up of household slaves. This term is a bit misleading to our modern understanding since the word for “slave” can also mean “employee” or just “servant.” Many actual slaves were more like what we would think of as indentured servants.  Some were serving wealthy believers, like Onesimus was to Philemon’s household (Phile.1:8-16).

There are also no “generation gaps” in the Kingdom. Some leaders were considered very young, like Timothy (1 Tim.4:12), who led people much older than himself.

Credit: Destiny World Missions

The point is, in God’s kingdom there is only beautiful diversity without divisiveness—people from every tribe, tongue, and nation, because of what God has done in Christ!

And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals;

For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:9-10 NKJV*)

This is Jesus’ universal Church, both in heaven and on the earth! Yes, wicked people have disgraced her beauty and majesty throughout history because of their small-minded bigotry, prejudice, pettiness, and religious mean-spiritedness. Nonetheless, this is the authentic “assembly of called out ones”—the eklessia—Jesus’ beautifully-adorned bride, His body, the beloved sons and daughters of God our Father!

But when the time of fulfillment had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. Yet all of this was so that he would redeem and set free those held hostage to the law so that we would receive our freedom and a full legal adoption as his children.

And so that we would know that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts—moving us to cry out intimately, “My Father! My true Father!”

Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs because of what God has done! (Gal.4:4-7 TPT*)

Jesus came to give us freedom, including freedom from religious bondage (Gal.5:1). He came to free us from all the chains that hold us—the lies we believe about God and each other (John 8:32). He has not called us to change the world through authoritarian activism, but to remain in His love, and to love others as we are loved by Him (John 15:9-12), so that the world can experience this freedom in His love.

We are called to be diffusers of this liberating experience in Christ’s love wherever we go!

14 God always makes his grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of his endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go. (2 Cor.2:14 TPT)

On that note, I will include a New Song Café video from a few years ago with Tasha Cobbs and Will Reagan. They talk about and sing, “Break Every Chain,” a song that has become an anthem that crosses over all ethnic lines in the Church today. Will Reagan, the author of the song, shares how the song came about, and Tasha shares her experience hearing it.

If you’re as weary as me of all the “woke” insanities and divisiveness going on around us, take a moment and let this song minister to your heart. No matter what’s happening in this world, Jesus is still the truth that makes all of us free.

Beloved, “There’s an army rising up”—the Church of Jesus Christ-so let’s break every chain in His name!” Amen.

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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14 Responses to Breaking Chains

  1. Tammy McCarthy says:

    Beautiful song. First time I’ve heard it! I would not recommend reading the captioning though. LOL

    • Mel Wild says:

      I just turned on the captions to see what you were talking about. Funny! It would seem Google has a hearing deficiency when it comes to singing. (Or Google’s into “fish sacrifice!” Haha!) So, no, don’t read the captions…unless you need a laugh.

  2. LightWriters says:

    The friend of King Herod—was also a friend of the Lord—-how amazing. God’s family are connected and governed by His Kingdom Love and Light. A truly encouraging post, thank you, Mel.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, it really speaks of redemption, too. I’ll remember thinking about this during a communion we had at our church a few years back. We had a convicted felon, in penal institutions most of his life (got saved in the super-max prison near us, was released on parole), with a retired cop, some youth, a teacher, a successful business man, all serving communion together. That’s redemption! That’s the church!

  3. christinewjc says:

    Wow – “beautiful diversity without divisiveness.” What a great sign that would be to hold up at a gathering.

    Thanks for this great post, Mel. It’s needed badly during this time of uncertainty, fear, and cancel culture. We can have peace during any storm when we cling to, worship, and trust in Christ.

    That’s a beautiful song! Break every chain! It diffuses whatever ails us, whatever we might fear.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, well said. Jesus IS our peace in every storm, and when we see that we are all united together, placed in Christ in God, the Church becomes a radiant bride, and Jesus said that then the world would know that God loves THEM as much as the Father has loved Jesus!

      “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:23)

  4. Amen!

    I’ve just come from watching Sarah Silverman’s latest clip in which she announces she is now politically homeless due to all the extremism and identity politics. Then she says, “without a common truth, how can we come together?” I literally banged my head on the table because she is so close and yet so far away. Jesus IS our common truth. He is what unites us.

    Kind of fun too, in our Bible study this week we had a lot of revelations going on around 1 Corinthians 10:13,”No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man..” What is “common to man” is huge, it levels the playing field, it brings us together, it help us see how alike we really are.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, IB. When God placed us in Christ, He made us one, whether we realize it or not. When we finally see ourselves in Christ, we see each other there, too (John 17:3). That’s what the world is actually looking for!

      And, yes, I love that verse in 1 Cor.10! We are all together in temptation and the answer, which is our union with Christ!

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Only Jesus will break the chains of today’s far left extreme ideologies

    • Mel Wild says:

      I agree. We can reason with them but their hearts need to be open. Hopefully, people will at least see the danger of it.

      • Heidi says:

        What about the chains of the far right ideologies as well, they also need broken.
        I feel so strongly that true Christianity and politics do not go hand in hand. I feel it is the doctrine of Balham (Rev2:14) Enjoying, money, popularity a position in society rather than the Word of God

        • Mel Wild says:

          Thanks for your comment, Heidi. I would totally agree with you that Christians (seems to be mostly evangelicals) need to divorce themselves from putting their trust in political parties and money, and also being manipulated by far-right conspiracy theories.

          But I would disagree that we shouldn’t be pushing back on evil ideologies that are anti-Christian and destroying our society, like the rising tide of Socialism. It’s an anti-Christ ideology that replaces God with the state. We, as Christians, can’t just hide our heads in the proverbial sand and say it’s not our problem while our children are leaving churches and being swept up in its bondage and false promises.

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