President Trump marked the National Day of Prayer by signing an executive order designed to protect and promote religious liberty in America. This order weakens the enforcement of an IRS rule under President Lyndon Johnson that barred churches and tax-exempt groups from being involved in free speech concerning corrupt politics. Trump told those gathered at the White House Rose Garden, “No one should be censoring sermons or targeting preachers.”
Certainly, Christian faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, and our faith should not be targeted, bullied or silenced. The playing field has now been leveled by our new president. After our storm of moral corruption by the Obama era, we must continue to speak out and support our new president to restore moral and religious principles in our country.
Christians need to re-engage in civil stewardship, from a biblical perspective and like the Apostle Paul, be bold in asserting our Constitutional rights. Members of the Lord’s church must rebel at the corruption in our government and support our new president in putting things back in order by restoring moral and religious principles.
President Trump deserves praise for applying an emergency brake on the government’s movement toward coercion and discrimination against Christians and churches in America. His action is certainly a breath of fresh air and is a great move toward righting the wrongs of past administrations. He has vowed to restore America to the Christian values that our founding fathers and God intended America to be.
This signals a rebalancing, a return to common sense in our political system. However, there is more work to be done to restore broad protections for people of all faiths from harassment and lawsuits because of their faith. Our goal on the Presidential Advisory Board, on which I now serve, is to get stronger protections for religious liberty in America. This includes family, faith and religious freedom. I realize that this Executive Order is just the first bite at the apple, not the last. This order is a giant step in the right direction in protecting the First Amendment rights of Christians and other Americans of faith.
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 main-stream news media interference. It allows people with similar beliefs to form organizations that govern their own affairs. It ensures us to live and share our beliefs with others concerning the gospel. Under past administrations, huge attacks have been made on religious freedom, and the order to protect churches is a good beginning to restore our moral values in America.
We need to pray for our president and all in leadership positions that God will give them wisdom in this great endeavor. Also, as a nation we need to ask God’s forgiveness, direction, and blessings to continue on America.
“O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for your own sake, my God . . … (Daniel 9:19)