It’s what we do, isn’t it? We embrace what the Bible teaches or we rationalize it—ignore it—hoping it’ll go away.
Stand up and fight for what you believe.
Admittedly you have to pick your battles.
Some things just aren’t worth defending.
But your faith? Your family? Your freedoms?
They are worth defending.
When what God has ordained and established is diminished, when you’re being forced to compromise—stand up.
Government-funded abortions. Injustice. Misinformation. Lies.
And here’s the kicker.
When I speak of truth and justice, it’s not based on your definition, or on mine. It’s a definition that has to be based on God and His Word.
Religious freedom certainly benefits those of us who are people of faith. As does the freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Austin R Nimrocks, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom says, “Unfortunately, caught up in the fray of debates and legislation, we lose sight of who actually benefits from it.”
The National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers estimates that faith-based, non-profits run a third of all homeless programs, including most food based programs.
Adoption services, prison ministries, counseling, pregnancy resource centers—the list goes on!
When considering religious freedom and its history in this country, we should all ask:
“Who benefits and does it make our communities better places to live?”
Our culture would have us believe it doesn’t really matter what you believe, as long as you’re sincere, true to yourself.
When we say so piously—be true to yourself—what exactly does that mean?
Was Hitler “true to himself?” Is a serial killer “true to himself?”
Is the sex molester true to himself?
It’s not about being true to yourself. No, there’s a much higher calling… God’s standard.
It’s being true to God’s way. True in your obedience to Him.
True in what He says in His Word.
Sincerity is never enough. It’s truly inadequate.
You can be sincerely—wrong!
Know how to live out your faith!
I’m posting an article by Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. Matt provides legal counsel on religious freedom laws to legislators and defends religious freedom in the courts.
He talks about opponents of religious freedom who literally want the government to force you to participate in religious wedding ceremonies against your beliefs.
And it’s a message that’s catching on.
The questions he asks are thought provoking.
Without religious freedom, what companies will be permitted to defend marriage? What cultural arenas will even be allowed to exist where children can be raised to believe the truth about the family, marriage and the sanctity of life?
We must educate people to the necessity of religious freedom.
Of how crucial it is to a free society.
In other words, it’s okay for a business to support gay and lesbian issues with its decisions and values—but a business has to shutter its doors if they refuse to do that which infringes on their religious convictions. Businesses can exercise their corporate values, but that freedom isn’t being extended to all.
That’s the hypocrisy I’m talking about.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Doug Wardlow said recently that religious freedom is a fundamental right, and “wherever we go and whatever we do, our freedoms go with us.”
And that’s exactly why state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts are needed—to help protect business owners who choose to operate their businesses according to their religious convictions.. And many states are realizing it!
Homelessness. World hunger. Terrorism. The economy.
What’s the biggest issue of our time?
“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks.
Until you know the answer to that question, you’re not equipped to focus on all the other questions of life.
Until you’re ready to answer Jesus’ question—how will you ever answer the life questions of who you are, why you’re here, and where you’re going.
Who is Jesus to you?
He said of Himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. . .He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
Who is Jesus—to you?