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Religious Liberty Under Attack

“Keep your religion in the church building!” This sentiment is exposed in recent court rulings. From the Supreme Court to District Courts, religious liberty is being trampled in America.

A June Christianity Today article bemoaned the direction of our nation after the Scotus’ ruling that month on Gay marriage, but still maintained, “We still live in a society that protects free speech and free assembly, that supports religious freedom, that permits all its citizens to participate in governing at all levels.”

And then there’s Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s assurances to religious Americans after the SCOTUS ruling: “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

Just two months after the SCOTUS ruling things are becoming clear. Public reaction to news articles about Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses, reveals the confusion, and ignorance of many Americans when it comes to the issue of religious freedom:

“you must leave your religious beliefs in church (or wherever you worship)”

“…elected officials must understand the separation of church and state. It’s NOT an attack on her religious freedom.”

“I admire this lady’s defiance, and standing on her belief. But the Bible says one must also ‘obey the laws of the land’..to ‘Render unto Ceaser the things that are Ceaser’s’ and Render unto God the things that are God’s.”

“This situation is EXACTLY why the Founding Fathers chose to specify a separation between Church an State.”

“As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am sick and tired of all these ‘Christians’ who act stupid and bring shame upon our faith.”

We Christ-followers had better get this one right. This nation was founded on biblical principals. Our Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and speech. If Christians are prohibited from holding government jobs, refused protections under the Constitution, fined, and even jailed for refusing to violate their beliefs, we are in BIG trouble!

(Jesus) “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. David H.

    September 3, 2015 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm

    “Mark my words on this. The ultimate outcome of this unconscionable act is that one day, before too long, it will be officially illegal for Christians to hold public office.”

    Bryan Fischer.
    From: http://cowgernation.com/2015/07/12/when-it-becomes-illegal-for-christians-to-hold-public-office/

    Not very Long at all Bryan.

    9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
    10 If anyone is to be taken captive,
    to captivity he goes;
    if anyone is to be slain with the sword,
    with the sword must he be slain.
    Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints. (Rev 13:9-10)

  2. David H.

    September 3, 2015 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm

    “Today, for the first time in history, an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief of conscience that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and she’s been ordered to stay there until she’s willing to change her mind, until she’s willing to change her conscience about what that belief is,” he said. “This is unprecedented in American law.”

    Roger Gannam, Davis’ Attorney: Taken from:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/us/kim-davis-same-sex-marriage.html?_r=1

    This is EXACTLY how the concentration camps began in Germany before WWII. Wake Up people.

  3. M Jo

    September 3, 2015 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm

    She’s been divorced multiple times, Jesus frowns on that too. But apparently gay marriage crosses a line divorce doesn’t for some reason. But never mind mentioning that, it’s a thing called a “fact”.

  4. David Spuria

    September 4, 2015 8:22 am at 8:22 am

    Your article is confusing. Should she or should she not issue the marriage licenses? I think a more noble thing to do would have been to resign. Some other clerks did that. And as far the other comments on here about divorce, Jesus taught on that. The woman at the well. “Go and sin no more”. So her a second or in this case a 6th chance. Look, we all know in our hearts that homosexuality goes against creation. There is a created order and God’s design is part of that order. Male and female compliment each other emotionally and physically. We are tampering with what God said was “good”.

    • David H.

      September 5, 2015 7:08 pm at 7:08 pm

      David S.
      Kim Davis is doing the meek thing here. To resign is to avoid the consequence of her faith. To stand up and face this persecution is the meek action. The Apostle Peter denied Jesus three times, and he was a disciple of Jesus. He avoided the consequence of his faith. Later he repented and his lack of faith forgiven. According to tradition, he did not deny his faith again and was eventually crucified on a cross upside down for his faith. Meekness is strength, not weakness. It is submitting to the will of God despite the fact that you know it is going to cause suffering, at the expense of self.
      Strong’s concordance notes the word meek as follows:
      “Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time (Isa 41:17, Luk 18:1-8). Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will (Gal 5:23).”

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