There’s a consensus in our nation that something is very broken, but what is it? And how do we fix it?
Well it isn’t rocket science and the answer is pretty simple.
The family unit is the key issue. I know I risk sounding like I’m overly simplistic, but it must be said that strong families produce strong leaders. Leaders!
How? It’s the family that makes the person.
Proverbs says, parents train up a child in the way he or she should go.
It’s where leaders are produced. Where character is built.
It’s difficult to build character later in life if it’s not first built in the home.
Our schools can’t always build leadership, nor can a school make up for a broken family.
To build character? Start at home!
Alliance Defending Freedom began Pulpit Freedom Sunday in 2008 as a strategic plan to thwart the IRS from enforcing the Johnson Amendment of 1954 which restricts what pastors can say in their own pulpits under fear of losing their exempt status.
Pulpit Freedom Sunday is an opportunity for pastors to speak scriptural truth from the pulpit about moral, social, and yes, government issues—without fear of censorship.
Through the courage of individual churches, hundreds of them across the country, freedoms of speech and religion will be restored to many more.
Join me for Pulpit Freedom Sunday.
Pray with me and pastors across the country who’re joining with me in Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2014!
You’d think so!
But it’s not the case at the University of Georgia.
It had to do with the restriction to small “speech zones”, occupying less than one percent of the college’s main campus. If you want to speak in other locations, you have to get permission 48 hours in advance.
Not exactly an effective setting for an exchange of ideas!
And makes me ask if it isn’t a way to control who gets to speak and about what?
ADF said: “Free, spontaneous discourse on college campuses is supposed to be a hallmark of higher education, rather than the exception to the rule.”
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts, impress them on your children; talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road; when you lie down and when you get up. . .write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
This Scripture reminds us of God’s desire for us, it reminds us of His commands that we raise children who will honor Him.
You don’t hear much about that in today’s culture.
Honoring God is to be done in the context of your family—in the everyday ordinariness of living your life.
How diligent are you in impressing the commandments of God on your children?
It’s a good question to ask yourself!
A student at Cameron University in Oklahoma petitioned to distribute religious fliers on campus, but wasn’t allowed to do so.
When he asked about rights to free speech, a top university official said the amendments to the Constitutions are simply “foundations”—that University policy supersedes his First Amendment freedoms.
The university official couldn’t have been more incorrect!
ADF says, “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious beliefs.”
The university arbitrarily determined his religious views were “discriminatory”—even though the fliers merely expressed his point of view.
University officials don’t get to pick and choose which theological viewpoints can be expressed on campus.
It asks the district to reverse a decision by the high school principal to allow children to use bathrooms and changing areas reserved for the opposite sex.
There’s no law requiring public schools to allow boys into girls’ restrooms or girls into boys’ restrooms.
The ADF letter provided a recommended policy to address the school’s concerns about discrimination—without allowing the sharing of bathrooms.
In fact, the district may be subjecting itself to legal liability for violating students’ privacy rights and putting them in potentially unsafe conditions.
These are important distinctions!