A great escape is beginning. Those who have been lured into a place of delusion and control are beginning to sense an unease and regret regarding their alignment and choices. They were told to look at personalities, not policies. They believed the talking heads and pundits who crafted words tuned to their bias. Now they see what is taking place and are coming to their spiritual senses. The only thing holding some back from making a run for freedom is their pride. Soon that pride will not withstand the desire for freedom. As the fence of control rises higher around their lives they will see an opportunity to escape and they will take it.
In 1961 as the Berlin Wall was being constructed, a 19-year-old East German soldier escaped by jumping over the barbwire to enter the freedom of West Germany. At the time the wall was only a coil of razor wire. In the coming months it would become a brick-and-mortar wall dividing families, homes and neighborhoods. The Berlin Wall would become yet another image of Communist authoritarianism put in place to imprison those trapped behind the walls of its control.
Just before the East German soldier decided to make a run for it and jump over the barbed wire, West Germans on the other side were yelling “Come over!” That encouragement gave him the courage to make his escape.
The sound of our voices should encourage others to escape places of control not condemn them because they made foolish and uninformed decisions. They may be wearing the cultural uniform of the enemy and may even be armed with unrighteous decisions, but they are not the enemy. They are prisoners. For the Church to have an effective witness at this time our voices must speak a merciful invitation that would encourage people to risk it all and make a run for freedom. Be that voice.