Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a suit against Rockdale County, Georgia for refusing a church access to several properties for its worship services. The zoning code restricts churches from meeting on property less than three acres.
The twist is—other groups, including sports centers, day care centers, recreational clubs are not so restricted.
ADF Senior Counsel, Kevin Theriot, said, “Small churches have the same constitutional freedoms as non-religious groups and larger,wealthy churches.”
Just one more example of the infringement on our religious freedom.
And a reminder of the significant to be ever-vigilant in staying informed. And to pray for organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom and their allied attorneys who serve these issues without charge.
And helping those closest to you makes sense to me!
The Scripture says in Galatians 6:10, if you’re going to help one another, “start with the household of faith—those closest to you.
It might be organizing a food bank for helping families out of work. Our church had a massive all-church garage sale. But instead of a sale—everything was free.
No exchange of dollars, just exchange of goods.
Another time we had a movie night which provided entertainment for those who couldn’t afford it at the moment because of lost jobs.
It was a cool time for the kids; popcorn and movies right here at the church, even free ice dream.
Be creative in reaching out to others. There are all kinds of things you can do to help.
Touch others just as Jesus would!
Oftentimes—most often in fact, we’re perceived as being against something.
But let’s not let the secularists label us.
Critics of Christians say we’re anti-abortion.
They say we’re anti-gay marriage.
No—we’re for traditional, biblical marriage.
In the Prop 8 battle in California against same-sex marriage, they said we were against them.
No. Proposition 8 was fourteen words simply affirming the reality of traditional marriage.
There are some legitimate things we have to be against.
In fact, some of the Ten Commandments say, “Thou shall not!”
Eight of the Commandments to be exact.
So don’t be intimidated by critics who say, “Oh, you’re always so against stuff. . .”
Yes, we are against some things, but let’s also be known by what we are FOR!
Paul wrote in Galatians 6, “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” But how do we do that?
Some confuse confessing sin with not having to suffer any consequences of sin.
Confession literally means to be in agreement that what you’ve done is wrong, to be in agreement with God regarding your actions.
I heard the story of a murderer who confessed to police that he’d killed his girlfriend. When they arrested him he said, “Why am I being arrested when I came in to confess what I’d done?”
Somehow, in the church, we’ve confused confession with an excuse for not having to pay the consequences of our actions.
That’s just bad theology!
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit against a Ft. Wayne, Indiana city-run bus company for denying the ad because the website contains information on “controversial issues”, such as abortion.
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their political or religious beliefs.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in the cases Alliance Defending Freedom seeks out and defends.
Make no mistake. Religious freedom is under attack.
. . .and I guarantee you atheist organizations, abortion proponents, those against traditional marriage are not sitting back idle.
And gratefully—neither is Alliance Defending Freedom.
Pray for these allied attorneys across the country.
They are dedicated men and women advocating every day for your right to freely live out your faith!
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a South Carolina Academy a letter offering free legal assistance after an atheist group threatened to file a lawsuit against the school.
And for what?
A community service project sponsored by a religious organization. One of many offered to students for volunteering.
There’s nothing illegal about a public school giving students the opportunity to put together a box of gifts for needy children.
It’s one of many myths about what we can and cannot do in our public schools.
I’m grateful Alliance Defending Freedom has put together a Christmas and Public Schools MYTH/Fact Sheet. They’ve listed 7 myths you need to know about!
Students have more freedom to express their faith than they realize!
It’s time to get the facts!