Tennessee Constitution, Article 1, Section 3 (1870)
That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience.
Tennessee is my home State. I am thankful that the Constitution of my State affirms my right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of my conscience. However, federal law trumps State law, and one day this freedom may be taken away in its entirety. Nevertheless, the right to worship God is not a right given by Tennessee or Washington, D.C.; it is a commandment given by the Almighty, Himself.
Should the right to worship according to the dictates of my own conscience be denied, including the right to publicly speak the name of Jesus, I will have to echo the words of Peter in Acts 4:20, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
The dictates of any constitution will have no bearing on the command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel,” including Tennessee.
Go Vols! 🙂
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Amen Brother. I have a fear we are getting close to that day in Canada. Our Ontario government and our federal government appear to be on the same page heading that way.
Praying for our leaders, because we know God is the only One who can change the course of government, and God will use people, and God has told us to pray for our leaders. (As hard as it is, and as much as I don’t want to, Scripture still requires me to pray for those in leadership.)
One bit of encouragement I received today was from my study of Acts 11:19-21. Antioch was a moral cesspool, even by Roman standards. Yet, where was it that the disciples were first called Christians? Here some non-apostles had the hand of God with them and a “great number believed and turned unto the Lord.” Yes, we should be concerned with politics, at least where our input is still effective, but even in the worst of depravity God will still use Christians who aren’t afraid to preach the Lord Jesus.
I’m so grateful even the stones cry out praises to our Lord God Almighty! I’ll praise His name for eternity-so I’ll never be stopped….