You are a slave to whatever masters you. If you are an alcoholic, alcohol is your master. If you are a shopaholic, stuff is your master. If you have a sexual addiction, lust is your master. Whatever controls your thoughts and directs your actions is your master. The Bible breaks it down further. There are only two types of slaves. Romans 6:16 advises that we are either slaves to sin or slaves to God. While we are on earth, we will be a slave to something. The only difference is that some choose to be a slave to God, whereas those who are slaves to sin rarely realize their predicament.
In the United States, we have a great fear of letting anything master us. We fail to realize that we are intrinsically enslaved by our own selfish desires. The Bible calls this innate selfishness, sin. Thatís all right, some may counter, as long as I am my own master. But, are you really your own master when your every thought, every action, is dictated by sin? The only ones who are truly free are those who have the freedom to choose right over wrong, truth over falsehood, and the good of all over the good of one. While you are still enslaved to your sin, you do not have a choice. Sin decides for you.
Sin is a sly and unforgiving master. Our desires soon overwhelm our lives, blinding us to any alternative options, and taking us down a path we would not have chosen. Soon, sin has brainwashed us into accepting its slavery as a foregone conclusion, and any release from this slavery as an outrage against our civil, personal, and inherent rights. We are in chains and we demand our slavery to continue unabated. That is quite a trick.
Notice also how sin so readily mocks and ridicules righteousness. If we could see sin and righteousness side by side, we would understand how hideously ugly sin actually is. But sin distorts the truth by comparing righteousness to prudishness and boredom. It hides its ugliness behind a pretense of civil rights, insisting that everyone has a fundamental right to sin. And we buy into that flawed argument, not realizing that we are arguing for the right to be enslaved.