God created us with our free will. It is what makes us human. It is one of the most important things about us. We are given a free will so that we make a choice to love God or reject Him. It makes the difference between whether we will dwell eternally in heaven or hell. Coercion is not like God at all.
God never forces, intimidates, or strong-arms us into following Him. When you recognize coercion in the world, you know the source is evil and not God. Revelation 13:16-17 has the famous prophesy about the coercion of satan before God brings about His final judgment. “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.” Any time you see bullying, oppression, compulsion and pressure, you can discern the presence of evil. Evil causes all people to do something—in this case take a mark in order to live—to buy and sell. Prohibiting people from pursuing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the opposite of wisdom from God.
The fact that we were given our free-will by God was acknowledged by the founders of our nation. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was crucial to the Declaration of Independence. Where did they get the idea that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Our founding fathers designed our democracy based on the God-given free-will that all peoples possess.
As Christians, we should sound the alarm when our free-will is under attack. Our spiritual senses discern that evil is present. God invites us to trust, love and follow Him. He never forces us to submit to His will. Wanting God’s will is the act of salvation and sanctification. There’s nothing that God wants more for us than that we want His will. However, He will never force His will on us. That is the nature of God.
Coercion is cruel and evil. Free-will is powerful and dangerous. We can use our free-will to love and follow God or use it to follow evil. We are free to standup or standby when we see coercion in the world.
Are you concerned when you see coercion? Do you discern the presence of evil behind coercion? Do you understand the Godliness of free-will?