The Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome


Col 1:13-14

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Shawn was just 11 when he was kidnapped. The kidnapper threatened violence on a regular basis and there was a deep fear rooted into Shawn. For the next 4.5 years he was a prisoner to his kidnapper. Yet, in those 4.5 years he was allowed to go shopping, access the internet and also had a girlfriend. The only catch was he couldn’t reveal the truth to anyone and was always supervised by the kidnapper. The first question anyone would ask was why didn’t he escape/call for help when he had so many opportunities. This is a psychological response called ‘Stockholm Syndrome,’ where the hostages develop a relationship with their captors despite being abused, traumatised and isolated.

There are many held captive by the enemy in chains of wrong relationships, addictions, complacency, spiritual blindness, etc and are ensnared by the power of darkness. They may think that they’re living life to the fullest, yet they are bound to do only what the enemy wants them to do. Even when they have the opportunity to run and escape, they are unable to see the fullness of life that awaits them.

But, through the Cross of Calvary, our Lord has rescued us ALL from this tyrannical rule and transferred us into the Kingdom of Christ. He has already paid the ransom for us through His precious blood. We need to pray that our eyes and the eyes of our loved ones would be opened to see and accept this redemption in Christ. He has already provided our free-access. The choice of true abundant life in Christ awaits.

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