America was founded by men and women in search of religious freedom, the opportunity to practice their faith without government intervention. Indeed, the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech” was not designed to prevent the influence of our faith on government but to prevent the government from interfering in Church affairs.
Given what is happening in Washington at this hour, that is no longer true. The Biden Administration has, as a current case in point, demanded that such religious schools as the College of the Ozarks open residence halls and bathrooms to members of the opposite sex, a requirement that goes against the Christian principles on which the college was founded. As it stands, the Supreme Court will have to settle the issue.
The point is made. Conservative Christians are no longer able to make a living, serve the public, and practice their faith without running into severe opposition from those with a liberal, progressive agenda. Tolerance has become a given in America, no matter how deviant the practice. Except for Christians. They have now become the object of hatred, vilification, and open opposition.
Ask Jack Phillips. Although he won a case before the U. S. Supreme Court for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, he is now back in court for refusing to make a cake celebrating gender transition. And the cake is not the issue. The request was a trap, an effort to destroy another Christian businessman for defending the principles of his faith.
And then there is Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist in trouble for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding even though the suit was brought by a long-time friend and customer. A Washington judge ruled against her in February, allowing the plaintiffs to collect damages and attorney’s fees. If this is not reversed, Barronelle Stutzman stands to lose her business, her home, and her savings … all in the name of justice!
And that is just the point. Christians can and do allow for social diversity. But don’t ask us to support and in some way encourage actions that run counter to our faith. To us God’s Word is God’s Word, and we follow it accordingly. If there is an argument, it is not with us; it is with the Word of God.
So what can we do? For one, as this writer is doing, Christians can stand for truth, highlight the problems, and oppose the drives by liberal progressives that have overwhelmed every segment of American society. And, in the coming election cycle, we can replace progressive legislators with conservatives who will help stem the tide away from godly principles of conduct.
I will say it again, America. You are sowing to the wind and you are going to reap the whirlwind. What has been happening across our land is only a foretaste of where we are headed. A godless society is also an intolerant society, and intolerance leads to lawlessness and anarchy. Turn away from God and there will be hell to pay. There is only one solution to the fix we are in, and His name is Jesus!