You might have heard Jonathan and Melissa Helser’s song “No Longer Slaves” (it’s been viewed over 32 million times on YouTube). If you have, you know the song is nothing short of poetry, which has been known to turn the hearts and minds of mankind.
What’s unique about this song is its theme of freedom from fear. Over and over again, the compelling lyrics remind us of this truth, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
It’s mind-blowing to think that we can be free in a physical sense, yet in bondage to fear. The theme of the song echoes Galatians 5:1, which says “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
One of the most compelling parts of the song is the line “You split the sea so I could walk right through it.” This is clearly an allusion to God splitting the Red Sea to help the Israelites on their exodus from Egypt—and out of slavery. By including this allusion, the song makes the suggestion that if God can do that for the Israelites, surely he can free us from our bondage to addictions, fears, unbelief, you name it.
Because of Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross, not only are we free from the bondage of fear (among other things), we are also now considered God’s children. “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:26)
As you listen to the Helser’s song “No Longer Slaves,” let it remind you of God’s unconditional love and unmatched ability to free us from anything enslaving us.