Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a stark warning about the threats facing religious liberty. Alito reminded listeners that opposition to the controversial 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage would be utilized to, “vilify those who disagree and treat them as bigots”
The old saying, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing,” is true in America now. We see a wind that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs by mainstream media, those on the left, globalists, and many judges throughout our land.
Those Americans who try to maintain traditional moral beliefs are now being treated with increasing hostility from the anti-Christian, progressive wing of our country. Christian and church leaders must not remain silent any longer. We must defend the truth of God’s word and stand up against the evils of abortion, homosexuality, LGBT activism, overreach by government, movies such as “The Shack” which shows God as tolerating wickedness. What the mainstream, liberal media is promoting is wrong and evil in the sight of God. The biased media embraces homosexual behavior, abortion, LGBT activism, radical feminism, evolutionary teaching and promotes tenets of atheism.
The time to protest the infringement of our religious freedom is now, because for far too long, our religious leaders have given a free pass to evil and evil doing in our society. We truly face a world and country devoid of Bible ethics and spiritual standards. If people of faith don’t stand up and defend themselves against the relentless attacks, both in the courts and society, it won’t be long before everyone with such beliefs will be treated as a second-class citizen.
What does it mean to have freedom of religion? It means the freedom to express our faith however the way that we choose. Our First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This simply means that it prohibits our government from making any law that prohibits the free exercise of religion, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble.
What does religious freedom really mean? Religious freedom is far more than just the freedom to believe a certain way. It is also the freedom to talk about and act on our core beliefs without government and mainstream news media interference. It allows people with similar beliefs to form religious organizations that govern their own affairs.
Why does it matter that we have religious liberty? It ensures us to live and share our beliefs with others concerning the gospel.
What can we do to protect our religious liberty? We need to become more informed about the basics of religious freedom and understand our rights. The prophet Jehu’s message is straight forward and emphasizes the fact that if we support wrong doing, God will not be pleased. “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord.” (II Chronicles 19:2) While Christians have remained silent, the vocal minority has radically changed our culture. Now we must stand up for the truth.