We’re throwing the baby out with the bathwater!
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal court on behalf of a senior at Pine Creek, in Colorado Springs.
He was told, after three years of doing so, that he and a group of students could no longer informally meet to pray and discuss religious topics during free time.
School officials claimed that a “separation of church and state” required the religious speech ban during an open period of the day.
ADF explained in a letter to the district that the policy violates the First Amendment, protecting the students’ religious speech.
In fact, religious speech is expressly protected by the First Amendment.
No praying? What’s next?
If there was ever a time for nation to be on their knees in prayer—it’s now!
But what disturbs me is how we define tolerance.
Tolerance, historically, has been a good word. But the meaning of tolerance in this culture has changed—and not for the better.
It’s become a way to say, “I accept everything, except Christianity.”
So-called tolerance is remarkably IN-tolerant.
It’s being used as a tool to intimidate believers. A tool to silence us.
I know that no one’s fully tolerant.
And certainly there are things we should never tolerate.
Obviously, things like murder, and rape are intolerable.
But let me be very candid here.
Do not be intimidated by this so-called culture of tolerance.
By those who berate and twist words, who put down Christianity as intolerant.
Don’t be silenced!
Live out your faith—un-intimidated!
And with penalties that include jail sentences if they don’t!
Attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom, recently filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order. It was to stop officials in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho from forcing two ordained ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
The ministers were told: perform the ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.
As incredulous as it is, ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said, “Many have denied pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what’s happening.”
The government exists to protect and respect our freedoms, not attack them!
I’m gravely concerned.
Be praying for our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom—they’re on the front lines defending our right to freely live out our faith!
And how’s it working out for you?
There’s a good reason we call God, Savior. Savior means somebody who saves us—the implication being that we need to be saved; saved from our sins and self-centeredness.
If I asked you to spell sin—you’d likely say, s-i-n.
Well I spell it S-E-L-F. Self. Self absorbed. Self-centered.
But God comes along and He says, “I want to be the epicenter of your life. I want to save you from your SELF.
What’s at the center of your life right now?
When Jesus died on the cross, He took your imperfections, assigned them to Himself and paid a dear price for it.
And He wants to be at the center.
And when He is—it makes all the difference!
And at my core, I’m an unabashed enthusiast for the Gospel of Christ.
Patriotism or the Cross of Christ? Mutually exclusive?
I don’t think so.
I will not extol a nation at the expense of not exalting the Cross of Christ. It’s as simple as that.
The key issue for me is Jesus. The key to meaning and purpose in this life is knowing God through Jesus Christ.
And the hope for a nation, in my opinion, is conformity to God’s ways.
It’s the greatest patriotic act you could ever do for your country.
The only thing that ultimately can save this nation is to share the Gospel in such a way, that the Gospel is so pervasive it impacts every bit of this country.
That’s true patriotism.
That’s exactly what’s taking place in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
March for Life, a pre-eminent the pro-life organization is challenging the mandate forcing employers, regardless of their moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. A pro-life group having to pay for abortion coverage?
But not complying can result in heavy financial penalties.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman argued in federal court on their behalf in their lawsuit against the abortion-pill mandate.
He said, “March for Life was founded to oppose the tragedy of abortion—the very thing the government is forcing the organization to provide through its health insurance plan.”
We must be free to exercise our beliefs without the fear of selective punishment!