Don’t misunderstand me, the persecution being leveled at Christians in American is nothing like what many endure around the globe; we are not having our heads cut off and we have yet been fed to the lions. However, what we saw today was the undeniable beginning of a change in the fabric of what was once a nation that cherished religious freedom.
Literally, a Christian woman in Kentucky, Kim Davis, was jailed because she could not comply with a judicial mandate to sign same-sex marriage licenses. (#IStandWithKimDavis)
What is our country coming to? What is becoming of our religious freedoms? Whatever happened to “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”?It is all part of what is natural in this fallen world: all things progress towards godlessness.
And it’s nothing new, either. From the very beginning of the Christian church there have been those in government writing laws demanding Jesus’ disciples be silent. In Acts 4:18-19 we read where Peter essentially said, “You guys write whatever laws you think is right, but we cannot stop being who we are and talking about what we know to be true.”
Later, after being put in prison, delivered by an angel, then brought again before the court, Peter and the other apostles said, “… We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). That is all Kim Davis is trying to do, and she is paying for it with her freedom – in a country which once prided itself on religious freedom.
Earlier today I posted the following of Facebook:
Person 1: “I want what has never existed, what most people don’t want, what goes against nature, and you must give it to me, or else! And by “else” I mean if you don’t, I will harass you, malign your character, threaten you with financial and physical harm, ban you from the market place, and even put you in jail. Oh, and you must not only give me what I demand, but you must publicly support my desire for having it and help others obtain it, despite your trepidations. Oh, and you must like it, too!! Because if you say anything negative you hate me and must be punished.”
Person 2: “I’m sorry, but I can’t do that. There are other places you can go for you to get what you want – here is a list – but I just can’t, according to my conscience, give you what you want.”
Which one is forcing his/her beliefs on the other?
Person 2, duh!! Because 2 is a Christian.
My heart is broken for my country.