. . .and I’m referring to the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child—one of the UN organizations opposing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, marriage and family.
In calling for the Catholic Church to approve abortion and homosexual behavior, they accused the Church of stigmatizing children of homosexual parents.
This isn’t happening in a vacuum.
The Catholic Church is under attack now—but all of us with biblical beliefs on marriage, life and liberty should pay attention!
What Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said is on target: “These attacks on the church serve to marginalize the Church simply for standing on biblical truth.”
Only when we respect religious freedom, will children and people of faith be truly free!
Let me clarify.
The issues isn’t when the law goes against what you believe, but when it’s against what God says.
That’s an important distinction to clarify!
Romans 13 says to obey the government. But it also goes on to say the government is to be the minister of God.
In a monarchy you can’t influence the government.
In an oligarchic form of government, that is a small group of people who rule, you can’t influence government either.
But in a democracy such as ours, you and I are the government.
So our task is to make certain the government is doing what it’s supposed to do—be a minister of God.
Some laws are unjust and need to be challenged for that to be true!
As recently as March of this year, there were major setbacks to Planned Parenthood’s efforts to put profits ahead of the safety of women and children through the work being done by Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies.
In Arizona, a federal court refused to place a hold on Arizona’s law that requires abortion-inducing drugs to be dispensed according to FDA rules.
In Alabama, a federal judge denied Planned Parenthood’s request to rule in its favor in a legal challenge to the state’s law against cut-and-run abortionists.
In Kansas, a federal appeals court ruled that the state does not have to keep funding two abortion facilities under a law that says public health departments and hospitals have priority for such funding.
We can be grateful for these significant gains!
If you truly want a spiritual awakening in this country, you’re going to have to pay a price!
Prayer isn’t overcoming reluctancy in God.
It’s not persuading Him to do something He is unwilling to do.
It is implementing His will.
And He will implement His will through prayer. Your prayers.
We’re not begging God to do something He doesn’t want to do.
Christian author Andrew Murray wrote: “We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force than can move the heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.”
We can be history changers! Culture changers!
We need to pray, now, for our nation.
And by the way, prayer doesn’t mean we don’t act.
Not at all.
But we pray first! Action comes out of that praying!
I’m grateful when it is!
. . .and in this instance, Oklahoma State University changed its policies to ensure student groups won’t be restricted simply because they present a view some people might not like.
In 2012 Cowboys for Life, a campus pro-life group, tried to get space for displays near the heavily trafficked Student Union.
University officials denied their request claiming the displays might offend some people. They gave them space far from the Student Union area and required they have “warning” signs.
When the organization passed out literature near the Student Union—they were stopped!
Alliance Defending Freedom successfully defended this pro-life group, as they have many student groups on college campuses.
As a result, pro-life students—on many campuses—no longer face disruption of their pro-life displays!
Why is that?
I think we often feel we’ll alienate some of the very people we want to reach. For pastors, it can mean a lot of criticism for being “too political”. The fact is they’re not being political at all, they’re just being biblical.
Sometimes we just hope that someone else will lead the charge and we don’t have to be the one to do it.
Many in the church today feel marginalized, largely irrelevant to the culture.
But none of these reasons are a good excuse for not speaking out in support of biblical marriage.
God says, “Get in the fray! Go out there, be informed and speak out on biblical issues!”
We can make a strong, clear defense for God’s exciting plan for marriage!