This morning, the guest speaker at our church told a story about Abraham Lincoln that he said was most likely apocryphal, but was a good story regardless of its veracity.
I looked it up online and found reference to it here.
Blogger Ken Stoll said the story is recounted in a book by Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom:
Abraham Lincoln went to a slave market. There he noted a young, beautiful African-American woman being auctioned off to the highest offer. He bid on her and won. He could see the anger in the young woman’s eyes and could imagine what she was thinking, ‘another white man will buy me, use me, and then discard me’.
As Lincoln walked off with his ‘property’, he turned to the woman and said, ‘You’re free’. ‘Yeah. What does that mean?’ she replied. ‘It means that you’re free.’ ‘Does it mean I can say whatever I want to say?’ ‘Yes,’ replied Lincoln, smiling, ‘it means you can say whatever you want to say.’ ‘Does it mean,’ she asked incredulously, ‘that I can be whatever I want to be?’ ‘Yes, you can be whatever you want to be.’ ‘Does it mean,’ the young woman said hesitantly, ‘that I can go wherever I want to go?’ ‘Yes, it means you are free and you can go wherever you want to go.’
‘Then,’ said the woman with tears welling up in her eyes, ‘I think I’ll go with you.’
The speaker then said, “I don’t know if it’s true about Abraham Lincoln, but I know it’s true about Jesus Christ.”
He has paid the price on the cross that we might be set free.
Like the slave girl, we, too, can choose to follow the one who paid the price.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. (Roman 6:22)
Come, follow me (Mark 1:17)
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