Some people in this country are paying a huge price for religious freedom!
There’s a photo at my website taken at a February rally for religious freedom held in the Kansas State Capitol . . . with more than 1500 people, including Governor Sam Brownback, encircling the Capitol lobby cheering and applauding. Many were brought to tears when Barronelle Stutzman spoke.
Barronelle is the 71-year-old owner of a florist shop who declined to prepare flowers for a same-sex marriage, suffering the consequences ever since.
She’s been sued, and with multiple fines and lawsuits, will likely lose her shop, very possibly her life savings and her home.
She’s been harassed and her life threatened.
But she says, “My own faith teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman, and it represents Christ and the church.”
The urgency to fight for religious liberty has never been greater!
A Doritos commercial during this year’s Super Bowl broadcast underscored what the pro-life message is all about—a child in the womb!
The Doritos commercial comically showed an unattentive dad at his wife’s ultrasound, more interested in eating Doritos. The wife is obviously annoyed. The baby, however, is seen moving toward the Dorito—then actually being born in an eagerness to get that Dorito chip!
Apparently everyone didn’t like the inference!
The folks at Pro-Choice America, for example!
As a Heritage Foundation press release put it, they used social media . . . “tweeting their outrage that the Doritos ad was ‘using #antichoice as a tactic for humanizing fetuses.”
What’s disconcerting to abortionists is that with technology like ultrasound—parents are getting to know their child long before they’ve left the womb.
At that point, it’s not about politics—it’s about loving a child!
Some people are facing fines, and even possible jail sentences for living out their faith—even in their own back yard!
Upstate New York farm owners, Robert and Cynthia Giffords recently decided they wouldn’t appeal a New York court ruling.
Get this! A ruling punishing them for saying no to a same-sex wedding request—literally in their own back yard.
The Giffords use their farm for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other events. But they declined a same-sex wedding request.
And that should disturb you—no matter where you stand on marriage. Instead of the court intervening on their behalf, they’ve been subjected to months of court rulings, judgments and fines.
In deciding not to appeal the ruling, they’re left with deciding how to run their farm events in a legal system that has no regard for their convictions!
That’s more than disturbing!
If we ignore preaching and teaching the gospel of the Kingdom—we do so at our peril!
What do I mean by that?
Chuck Colson said repeatedly: “It’s not moral reform . . . it’s God’s sovereignty in action against all the evil in the world. It came into the world in Christ—who suffered to defeat sin, death, and Satan.”
While we’ve neglected teaching Kingdom truth—secular voices have educated America.
We didn’t lose the homosexual argument overnight . . . and it wasn’t because of something we did. It’s because of something we failed to do. We’re not using our sphere of influence!
We have superior weapons, superior messages and Superior power! We must use every sphere of influence God has in His Kingdom to raise up champions.
Biblical truth is that Kingdom force—with the church leveraging its influence in ever greater spheres!
If you’re not teaching your children how to view culture through the lens of Scripture—someone else will!
An election year is the perfect timing to bring perspective—biblical perspective—to the conversation with your children.
Name-calling, agendas, half-truths, arguing over the mundane in a discussion where so much is at stake—how do you sort it all out?
Teach your children how to look beyond the surface of what the culture is saying and offering.
How does it measure up to what God’s Word says?
Be informed on the core issues and why they ARE core issues.
It’ll take discipline on your part as a parent to stay informed, to stay focused on what’s really important—biblically!
Teach your children by example, first to be children of the Kingdom—without neglecting the value of their civic duty to be intelligently informed!
Freedom of speech is a biblical principle issue!
And a battle we can’t afford to lose on any front!
Case in point. A 2011 state law in Arizona: the University Students’ Religious Liberty Act.
It ensures public colleges and universities must prove that any restriction on student speech in the open, outdoor areas of campus, or other facilities actually has a government interest that’s higher than a student’s constitutionally-protected freedom of speech.
There’s a bill before the Arizona House Education Committee to ensure that public colleges and universities enforce the 2011 Arizona state law.
Alliance Defending Freedom, along with other interested parties, have testified on behalf of the bill to further assure its enforcement.
They’ve stated their desire is to “close any loopholes so that government officials can’t get away with ignoring the law.”