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Poem: My Life as a Slave

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I am always afraid,
Always looking over my shoulder.
My master hates me.
Tormenting me at his whim.
I sometimes wonder
Who he will hurt next.
I hope it's not me.
I'm so sick of it being me.
I try to escape, try to hide.
He always knows how to find me.

I dream of freedom.
Freedom is Elusive.
Or perhaps Illusion.
At every turn it evades.

I have no hope.

My master imprisons me.
He steals from me at every turn.
He would have me destitute,
Alone, shackled to a nightmare.
He robs me of life. He leaves me with regret.
My master is Sin, and my master hates me.
I hate Him, almost as much as I hate myself.

But payment is being made.
Another master beckons me.
I am free to follow,
Free to obey, free to be his slave.
Free to leave one master
And be shackled by another...
True freedom: pure illusion.
There is no escape.
I will always have a master.
The tears come once again...

He has paid for me now and I hear him
Simply ask gently that I follow Him home.
I am bought and purchased, yet still He asks!
He says he will lead me.
Direct me, guide me. Help me, find me.
Protect me, restore me.
Save me.

Love me! Like a child-- Adopted into his family
And treated like I deserve to be there!
An impossible kindness For an unlikely beneficiary.

Freedom is Illusion.
But love? Perhaps that is real.
I hope it is real. I want it to be real.
I just know that I am willing to chance it.
And so I humbly agree to
A transfer of ownership.
When he calls, I will follow.
When he asks, I will obey.
I will belong to him.
He will be both my master and my father,
And I will be both his son
And his slave.


A Note From Mike

For some of us it's counterintuitive to think of Christianity as something akin to slavery. For others of us (mostly those outside the church), it makes perfect sense. And yet within the church, we use words like "purchased", "servant", "bought", "payment"... but we don't necessarily go so far as to use the "s" word. Culturally, this makes sense because of the negativity associated with that word in the United States. Slavery is a horrific part of the American historical landscape, and it's still something that haunts us today when we see the remnants of racism and bigotry in those around us. And yet we are all slaves from a Biblical point of view.

"We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin... Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living." (Romans 6:6-7, 16-18)

Sin is not our friend, no matter how much we may be attached to it. Don't we all just want to do what we want to do? We don't want anyone telling us no, or "don't do that." Some of us even have trouble following instructions when they come from employers, the police department, the IRS... And how does that work out for us? It's so easy to see when we're breaking the law. When we drive too fast consistently, a policeman comes to let us know we'll be giving them money soon. There's a clear consequence for our actions. Why don't we see this with the rest of life?

For example, those of us living under a mountain of debt right now understand that there are consequences for buying what we want with no safeguards. We purchase things with the credit card only thinking about the thing we're buying. How many of us really consider the consequences of the purchase (or the last 23 puchases) before swiping the card? Eventually you feel completely trapped to the point that you literally find it hard to breathe. You can't buy anything you want because all of your money is going to pay interest on things you don't even have anymore. Imagine how much you're overpaying for that refrigerator as the interest piles up. It's frightening. That is the consequence of sin (in this case, greed).

Sin is a terrible master. It destroys relationships, fractures families, and annihilates reputations. It imprisons us (literally or figuratively). It makes a mess of our lives in one way or another. Eventually the freedom we spent so much time pursuing turns out to be a mirage and we find ourselves feeling like the slaves we are. All the while, your Heavenly Father stands knocking because he loves you and wants something better for you. He not only wants you to feel free but he wants you to literally be free--free from the anxiety, fear, and suffering that sin so graciously provides. As a Christian, I am His servant--His slave. I was purchased by His death on the cross, according to Paul. But I have never considered that a detriment, mostly because I remember the life I had with my former master. There is no comparison whatsoever. My life is infinitely better with Christ than without. That I can promise you.

Thanks for stopping by!

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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

I enjoyed your poem very much! Sin is a terrible master indeed. I too, realized that people do not like to use the word slave when speaking about Christianity. It is viewed as some kind of bad word. The truth is we all are slaves to something and slavery cannot really be escaped. We just think we escaped it. The best master to belong to is God because His servants become as brothers to Him. It is that simple and I will not let my pride keep me from calling Him that. I would gladly serve Him with my every breath.


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JessMcCray 4 years ago from NYC

I loved that. All of it.


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sonfollowers 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

North Wind,

Thank you very much. I totally agree. In our daily lives, I think we sometimes we make Jesus more of a buddy or a good friend than the Lord of our lives. And yet we are called to surrender. It's a good reminder for me as well.

Thanks for visiting!


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sonfollowers 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

JessMcCray,

Thank you! :) Have a great weekend!


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Lenzy 4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

Excellent poem. It is in servitude to a benevolent master that we find our true freedom. Lenzy


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sonfollowers 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

Lenzy,

I couldn't agree more. Thanks!


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I have no problem being a slave to Christ because he is a loving Master. I like how Paul sometimes refers to himself being a bondslave or bondservant, which is someone who is a slave or servant to his master for life. He has given up his opportunity for freedom, to serve his master as long as he lives. That's how I like to look at it. Loved your poem.

PS Still waiting for the 2nd installment on your romance hub.


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sonfollowers 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

Yeah, good point about Paul calling himself a bondservant. Paul was a man who was completely sold out for Christ. I love that.

Nicely done! I love that.

Hey, I'm workin' on it! :) I decided to make a short pit stop. It was a nice change of pace for sure. I promise it's comin'.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I hope to never have sin as my master. All that I have comes from God, so I am a willing servant, not an unhappy slave. He lights my way, so that I don't need to be fearful. I sometimes feel that the hands of sin will try to undermine my footing, but I pray daily that I will walk firmly on God's path and always follow His voice in this life.


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sonfollowers 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

cat on a soapbox,

That's awesome! It definitely is a daily thing. It's not something we can just decide one day and that's the end of it. It requires focused attention. And I like what you said about praying daily and folowing his voice. Being a follower is very relational. It's really more about His voice than it is about His path I think (although both are important). I don't think any of us can stay on the path very long without His involvement and help. We need Him--not just his rulebook. Good stuff.

Thanks for stopping by!


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B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

Very wise words from from a well written poet.


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sonfollowers 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

B. A. Williams,

Thank you very much! Have a great day!


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themadpoet1 4 years ago from Florida

Thank you for sharing this awesome message! Very powerful poem and message thought-provoking piece indeed! Keep up the good work and keep educating the masses. I really enjoyed every bit of this thanks for giving us a glimpse in the mind of greatness!

God Bless,

The Mad Poet


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sonfollowers 4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

themadpoet1,

Thanks for the encouragement! Have a great week!


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi...have pressed the follow button....made a bit of a hash of leaving the fan mail! enjoyed this poem immensely. Your style of writing has the ability to awaken on the inside. thank you.


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sonfollowers 3 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

shofarcall,

Thank you so much! That's funny about the fan mail. :) God has been so good to me and I love having the opportunity to share some of how I see the world. Thanks for the encouragement. I look forward to checking out your stuff as well. Peace!


Alien eater 3 years ago

can i copy it plz


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sonfollowers 3 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

Hi, Alien eater!

So I'm not totally sure what you mean by "copy." How about you just email me at atltechie7@yahoo.com and clarify what you're wanting to do with it? It definitely can't show up anywhere else on the internet. Hubpages sometimes does a search on the internet to see if the content is duplicated somewhere else. If it finds it, I could get flagged for plagiarism and they will force me to unpublish my version until the duplication issues are resolved. Just please let me know what your plan is, ok? Thanks for your interest, and have a great day!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A hubful of talent and wisdom. I love this one and vote up plus share.

Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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sonfollowers 3 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

Thanks, Eiddwen!! It's very nice to meet you. :) I definitely appreciate the encouragement.

Have a great day!


moe 3 years ago

I CAN'T FIND A FREAKIN POEM ON SLAVERY OR FREEDOM


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bigj1969 2 years ago from glasgow

Totally captivating words,really enjoyed your Poem.


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sonfollowers 2 years ago from Alpharetta, GA Author

Thanks, bigj1969! Thanks for checking it out. Have a great weekend!


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carolp 2 years ago from Switzerland

great Poem...great words...thanks.


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Brandon Bledsoe 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

I love this poem it's so good. keep it up Awesome. I'm lost at words


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RJ Schwartz 16 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

Wow - I'm having so many thoughts right now - a real soul-opening piece of work.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 13 months ago from Colorado

This is both beautiful and amazing. I have been both. I relate, and thank you.!

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