Design of the Week – Freedom to Preach

June 29, 2011 at 10:40 am | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design is called Freedom to Preach.

The design is meant to remind others of the truth of the state of affairs in our nation. While there are many who would like nothing more than to see Christians silenced, the fact remains that the freedom to preach the gospel of Christ is protected by the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There is a lot here, but it is interesting (to say the least) that freedom of religion is in the first amendment, that the founders thought of this first. I would imagine that it’s because they actually knew the history that lead up to this point. Many people had come here (as far back as the 1600’s) to escape the persecution of the British monarchy. They desired to worship God freely without the interference of the crown. At this time, the crown and the religious leaders were working together and oppressing the people for their own reasons. Those that moved away to the new land did so in order to be able to worship God as the Bible said and not as the king said. The majority of the people that first came here were not that diverse. They came from a small area (the British Isles) and most of those were Protestants. As more people came over the ocean, the desire grew, although the religious affiliations were still Protestant in nature. It is this background, as well as the faith of the founders themselves, that kept faith in the forefront as the nation was forged. 53 of the 55 founders were Christian (contrary to what is taught in schools today), with many being highly active in their churches. Some of these men even had there names on a pew in their church!

The First Amendment says that Congress cannot make a law that would establish a state religion. While many people think that this is talking about all religions, there is at least some indication that their intent was really only to deal with Christian denominations. It also says that Congress can’t make a law prohibiting the free exercise of this religion. In the same sentence, the freedom of speech is elaborated as well. No law is to be made that prohibits the free exercise of religion or speech. The problem is, this is exactly what’s happening.

It’s not happening for Muslims. It’s not happening for Hindus or Buddhists either. It’s happening for Christians. Any time that a Christian stands up and speaks the truth of what scripture says, they are talked down or taken to court. Any time a Christian applies their faith to their business practices or decisions, they are sued. Don’t believe me? Look at Dearborn, Michigan. A few Christians went to a Muslim festival to hand out literature and gospel tracts. These tracts gave the readers the Christian view on Islam and the truth of what it takes to be saved. In about 5-10 minutes, the three men were surrounded by eight policemen who tried to move them to a corner a few blocks away from the festival where there was no traffic. When the Christians asked about their rights under the First Amendment, they were arrested for sharing their faith. There was no violence and, while the discussion was passionate, it was respectful. And yet, the Christians were arrested (with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” in the background). This year, the city of Dearborn passed a law prohibiting the distribution of Christian literature at the Arab American festival.

It is also happening when Christians speak out against homosexuality. Any time someone talks about homosexuality being a sin (which it is), they are attacked verbally and sometimes physically. Those who promote the homosexual agenda say that all they want is to be accepted. They talk about wanting tolerance for their lifestyle. The ironic thing is, they don’t seem to want to give the same respect and tolerance for those that disagree with their lifestyle. For tolerance to even exist, people have to disagree. I can’t tolerate you if we agree on an issue. But, that’s what the homosexual agenda wants. It’s no longer enough for those opposed to homosexuality to tolerate it; instead, they now want it to be promoted as a better lifestyle than heterosexuality. Homosexuals want the freedom to say whatever they want about Christianity no matter how debased or derogatory it may be. But, when a Christian wants the same freedom to speak out against homosexuality as a sin and abomination (see Leviticus 18/20, Genesis 18/19, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10), it’s a tragedy and a “hate crime”. Freedom of speech is a freedom given to all Americans. While I disagree with a lot of what is said by a number of people, they are free to say it. I expect the same freedoms when I preach the truth of the gospel against any sin…

For now in America, we are free to preach the truth. It is becoming more imperative that we preach the truth while we have the freedom to do so…

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