When a single woman posted a note on her church bulletin board—looking for a Christian roommate—someone reported it to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights which issued a complaint. It said the woman’s posting was illegal because of it’s—I quote—“discriminatory” nature.
She was attacked for posting a card that began with the sentence: “I’m looking for a Christian roommate. . .” The complaint said the statement expressed an illegal preference for a Christian roommate because it excluded people of other faiths.
Thankfully, a week after Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys sent a letter on behalf of the woman, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a dismissal.
We shouldn’t have to live in fear of being punished or penalized by the government for being Christians!
People are turned off by the church. I’m a pastor and I can see that.
In some cases, it’s justified—because Christianity can become a religion with all “form” and no power.
I remember in college a church reported putting in a new organ; another was announcing their Christmas program; another was talking about a gospel quartet coming to town.
Announcements you can read in any newspaper for any kind of event.
One church offers a leadership seminar—while another offers a quilting party.
Whatever happened to the church?
The book of Acts records the apostles healing the sick, casting out demons, leading people to Christ.
It’s the kind of work I signed up for!
It’s the kind of team I want to be on!
Getting public universities to admit their discrimination against Christians is a hard-fought battle—but there have been many wins!
. . .and we must continue to do all we can.
Christian students deserve the same protections against religious discrimination as any other students on a public university campus.
In a matter several years ago, some progress was made—when an Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney sent a letter to UC-Davis citing discrimination on behalf of more than 25 students.
As a result, the University revised their absurd and insulting Characterization of Christians as oppressors of non-Christians.
The Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney rightly pointed out that, in fact, Christian students are among the most likely to be subjected to discrimination because of their faith.
Pray for Christian students on public university campuses across the country. . .and learn more >>
It’s absolutely imperative that we believe in absolute truth—biblical truth.
Judges 17:6 says: “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” . . .referring to the behavioral and moral fiber of the people being addressed.
It’s the same “non-belief” in absolute truth that permeates our culture today.
No nation can exist without some fundamental belief in what comprises wrong and right.
Even secular theorists argue that a culture can only survive if its members share the same fundamental values.
So what’s the secret to cultural survival?
The answer—principled living.
And the source for such principled living?
Scripture. The Bible.
We must, as a nation, believe in those principles of truth, those values in God’s Word—values by which national life survives!
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Every innocent life deserves to be protected.
Had it not been for the legal intervention by an Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney. . .a mentally handicapped woman would’ve been forced to undergo an abortion against her will.
Elisa Bauer is mentally challenged and has epilepsy.
When Elisa became pregnant, she and her parents arranged for a private adoption.
Six qualified couples expressed interest in adopting her baby—before doctors at the group home took Elisa and her parents to court to force her to abort the baby instead.
Alliance Defending Freedom made sure that didn’t happen.
They made sure Elisa and her parent’s voices were not ignored!
As a result, a Nevada court refused to force Elisa to undergo the abortion.
I’m happy to report this little one was born this past year—a delight to her mom and grandparents!
Here’s how people responded. . .
Almost 50 percent said the economy is the most critical problem.
Not too surprising!
What is surprising is how few people thought the most crucial problem had anything to do with moral values.
. . .even though our news is full of sex scandals, financial scams and questionable political deals. We fail to see the connection.
The economy is the way it is, because of weak moral values, greed, and dishonesty.
Don’t confuse the fact that the economy is related to biblical values.
The result has been government thievery, excessive debt, and theft from those who’re not yet born.
Any nation that borrows money just to pay its interest, is not a principled country. It’s stealing—from the next generation.
Moral uprightness! More of that, please!
. . .and my answer is—there’s no limit to forgiveness!
Oh I know the Bible speaks in Matthew of seven times seven, or seven times seventy.
I’ve even had some people “do the math.” “Seventy times seven equals 490. I’ll forgive 490 times—and the one I have in mind is up to 489!”
. . .it doesn’t work that way!
Forgiveness is ongoing. And please don’t confuse forgiveness with making yourself vulnerable to further abuse. Not at all.
. . .to forgive doesn’t necessarily mean reinstatement.
You can forgive—but you don’t put yourself in a position of abuse, or continued bullying.
In Ephesians 4:21, Paul describes it as kind and compassionate, “forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
The government shouldn’t be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedom of religion!
I’m praying the Supreme Court agrees!
This month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate. . .
. . .including one represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys on behalf of a Mennonite family, the Hahns—and their cabinet making business, Conestoga Wood Specialties.
They’re asking the high court to declare the mandate illegal and unconstitutional.
The other well-known case is Hobby Lobby, owned by the Green family, one of the largest arts and crafts retailers in America.
Pray with us! These could be landmark cases for religious freedom.
The Hahn family and the Greens should be allowed to run their companies in a way that reflects their Christian beliefs—including their belief that God requires respect for the sanctity of human life!
What a privilege as children of God to be able to Him—Our Father!
A Father who loves to have that relationship with us.
One thing I love about Billy Graham’s prayers—he says:
“Our God and our Father!”
He’s both. Wow—I love that.
In Deuteronomy 32 it says: “Is this the way you repay the Lord, oh foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, your creator who made you and formed you?”
And in Jeremiah 3: “I myself said, ‘how gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation. I thought you would call me Father—and not turn away from following Me.”
Breathtaking reminders of Father God!
. . .and His desire that we call Him that—Father.
Let’s do it!