For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 (NASB)
It seems to me that religious freedom is under attack like never before since the inception of our country. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been shredded in the names of tolerance and inclusion. The only ones no one seems to have tolerance for are Christians. If we speak up for our beliefs, we’re labeled as bigots and hate mongers.
Our founding fathers never intended for it to be this way. Although much has been made of them being Deists with a far different concept of God than we have, the truth is they believed in a Supreme Being Who was much involved in the affairs of men. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are CREATED equal, that they are ENDOWED by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights, among these LIFE, liberty, ant the pursuit of happiness” Over and over again, their documents make it clear that one of their main goals was religious freedom. From the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock even to the Mormons who settled later in the Midwest, people came to this country seeking the freedom to worship.
I guess it shouldn’t seem so incredible to me that a society that has denied that first inalienable right to more than 60 million babies now would seek to wipe out any trace of a Creator Who would condemn them for it. But it does.
All of a sudden, that the freedom OF religion is being interpreted as freedom FROM religion. Why is a young girl being told that her personal biography can’t include a Bible verse that represents her faith? If she were Muslim and the verse from the Koran would such a ban exist? No! Why is a young boy told he can’t study his Bible during his study hall time because seeing his Bible might offend someone? Why must a baker lose everything to stand up for what she believes?
I’ve heard so many Christians recently say that if the bakers were showing the love God desires, they would have simply baked the cake and there wouldn’t be all this hassle. They would use a verse like the one above to make their point.
I have to disagree. As a writer, I consider myself an artist even though I can’t draw a straight line. Cake decorating is also an art form. Every artist puts themselves into their work. It’s an expression of who we are. And a wedding cake isn’t just another cake. Those bakers had baked dozens of cakes for that customer. She even hugged him and gave him the name of several other bakers for his cake. Marriage to Christians isn’t just another occasion for a party. It’s a sacred covenant between two people and God. And yes, I know that half of traditional marriages are broken today, making many of them as much a farce as the gay weddings, but there can be no covenant in the gay marriage. God does not recognize such a union.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Our first priority is God, then others. To me, the sin would have been in putting money ahead of God’s truth.
I see it as being like the meat sacrificed to idols. If you don’t know the cake is for a gay wedding, why wouldn’t you bake it? But why should someone be able to force you to do something against your beliefs or lose your home and business? I’m afraid this is just the beginning of the persecution that’s coming. If we don’t stand up for our religious freedom now, it’s only going to get worse!
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: How would you react if someone told you not to read your Bible or asked you to do something that violated your beliefs?