Be Strong, Be Well — Sunday, January 17, 2021
Yesterday was National Religious Freedom Day. It didn’t make a big splash in the secular news media, but a few religious outlets covered the significance of the day.
Religious Freedom Day was adopted in honor of the country’s “first religious freedom” law, drafted by Thomas Jefferson in Virginia in 1786. It was a precursor to what became the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the right to worship freely as one’s conscience dictates.
We have not seen such an unprecedented challenge to this American “right” as we have in 2020. Government mandates and restrictions still exist in some states over religious freedom. The courts have ruled in different ways, some favoring the unbelieving, unchristian bureaucrats, some protecting the rights of religious, God-fearing Americans.
This should tell us something very important. Our rights, guaranteed by our great constitution, are in a fragile state, to say the least. When you are allowed to tear down the reputation of one of America’s greatest religious freedom fighters, you can do great harm to the rights of all Bible-believing citizens.
In one of his inaugural speeches, Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance. It must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation...”
The source of attacks on Christian religious freedom in this country, or anywhere else in the world, is Satan. Christians must realize as we fight against wickedness. Paul said, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Christians are called upon to pray diligently for our country! Pray for national repentance of the grievous sins of our people.
Pray for our leaders to open their eyes and see how “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Pray God’s hand will continue to bless the church with the freedom to worship as the New Testament dictates.
Pray His great blessings will continue in our country as more and more repent of their wickedness and sins.
As legal rulings try to squeeze out our right to religious freedom, pray we will find ways to preach the gospel and help people to see their way to the salvation found only in Christ. —Chris