April 18, 2020 | Dave Kubal, IFA CEO/ President
You have probably heard the expression “Don’t trade your freedom for security.” It couldn’t be more true for us at this time. As I have watched the pandemic and reactions unfold, I was especially struck by one thing—how willingly Americans gave up massive amounts of freedom just to feel “safe.” I agree that we don’t want to be foolhardy, and we should care about our fellow man, but the level of restriction, control, and orders that were put in place—some states more than others—was massive, and willingly accepted by most Americans.
What is it inside of us that causes us to be so fearful for our security that we would allow such measures? As I mulled this thought and prayed, I felt like the Lord revealed that what causes many of us to seek safety at any cost is what some call an “orphan spirit.” In fact, it may be one one of the most prevalent attitudes (or spirits) we see most in our nation right now. An “orphan spirit” replaces our faith in the care of our heavenly Father with a desperation for someone on earth to care for us. It is driven by fear and lack of control over circumstances and most often combined with loneliness, abandonment, and isolation.
Please don’t misunderstand my comment. Our leaders are making difficult decisions in difficult circumstances and we need to pray for them. My comments are more about how people have reacted. How willingly freedoms are being given up just to feel safe. How many freedoms are people willing to give up in order to feel safe about any national foe, whether COVID-19 or the next threat?
A sense of social responsibility has entered our culture like I have never witnessed. Have you seen mask wearers at the grocery store look condescendingly at the non-mask wearers? There seems to be a new breed developing of those who choose the good of the collective state and feel a sense of righteousness for their views and choices. If this choice of the collective over individual freedoms continues unstopped, we will be headlong into socialism and not even realize it!
This super social responsibility is fueling a perceived obligation that government is our ONLY provider for safety. Christians who have a biblical worldview (and many don’t) should question the unchecked willingness of people to obey any authority other than the God of the Bible.
But there is good news! We are not orphans and we don’t need to live like it.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
God is our Father, He has grafted us into his family and we can live as heirs—we are designed to enjoy this sonship that is described in Galatians.
How can we move from orphan to living in sonship?
We can choose to turn from hoping someone will take care of us to exercising our faith in a loving heavenly Father. We can choose to release and forgive others that we have looked to for happiness, worth, and security. We can ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt as we have pursued praise of men, or lived in competition and jealousy. We can ask God to forgive and deliver us—and forgive ourselves—the next time the Holy Spirit reveals that we are hoping someone will make us happy. We must renounce this attitude in the name of Jesus. Important next step: as we seek to cut off the orphan spirit in our own lives, we need to replace it with our right standing with the Father–the concept of sonship.
What does sonship look like in contrast to the orphan spirit?
Peace. There is a sense of greater peace when we can rest and trust in the Father’s direction for our lives. Without the fear that results from unreasonable expectations, we can enjoy the care, confidence, and peace of knowing our Father, who is all-knowing and is directing us.
Identity leads to provision. We are the children of the Lord of the universe–our identity is now of the highest pedigree. The Father’s loving care for us provides provision for us in every circumstance. We will only find this provision as we are reminded of our identity. We look to His plans and purposes for our lives, instead of relying on someone around us to provide these. The fulfillment that God can give us when we live out our sonship will be much greater than that which could be provided for us from and external source—like government.
Kingdom-minded. When others are fearing their future we can choose to focus on the Kingdom of God. The benefits of His Kingdom include what we need for today AND tomorrow. We have stopped focusing on others providing for our needs and we can truly seek what God wants. This brings a greater capacity to be light at a time of great darkness for some.
Fulfilling relationships. Because we no longer come across as expecting others to care for us, the people in our lives will find us more enjoyable and even attractive. The love we seek will come to us when we are not constantly desiring someone to care for us, but more interested in caring for others with God’s power.
As we daily take on the mantle of sonship for our Father who cares for us, let us declare that He is ours and we are His. Invite God the Father to guide and direct you–listening for moments of the Holy Spirit whisperings that tell us, “This is the way, walk in it.” Let us pray that in this time of shaking our security in the natural, believers would look inward for how we can be set free from the orphan spirit and walk in the sonship God has designed for us.