Free speech is supposed to be a constitutional right and foundation of our society.
However, in our ever-changing times, it seems that’s often not the case.
Clear expression of varying opinions may be either manipulated or suppressed in various ways—including censorship by online platforms or the application of algorithms that are intended to filter and direct messaging for specific purposes.
Of course, voicing one’s opinion can also lead to various forms of attack by those who disagree.
God’s unfettered access
When I was thinking about all of that this week, I was reminded of my gratitude for the fact that God never censors our prayers.
That when we come before him in any state of praise or distress, we never need to walk on eggshells or be politically correct.
That no encoded formula will determine what God does or does not hear from me.
That no divine algorithm will be applied that will inhibit my access to his throne of mercy and grace.
We don’t need to worry about God misinterpreting our words, taking them out of context, or twisting them to his purposes.
Or that he’ll reject us just because we have difficult emotions to express.
God’s complete knowledge and unconditional love
Instead, we can rest assured that God knows our hearts and minds intimately—our every thought before we think it and our every word before we say it (Psalm 139:1-4).
And that he loves us with an everlasting love that only has our best interests at heart (Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16-17).
Heck, he’ll even help us with our prayers when we’re too overwhelmed to know where to start (Romans 8:26-27).
Whatever we have to say, God can take it.
Instead of being offended by our negative emotions when we’re disillusioned in one way or another, he wants to hear all about it so he can help us with our pain.
Unlike the gatekeepers of this world who want us to act or speak in a certain way to prevent an onslaught of rebuke, God has opened a loving, accepting, and direct path to his ear through the sacrifice that Jesus made (Matthew 27:51; Hebrew 4: 14-16).
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