Religion in the Public Square


Christianity is under attack worldwide, though the media shows little interest in reporting it. Increasingly, within our country and our institutions, Christian voices are being muzzled.  

U.S Postage Stamp, 1957

U.S Postage Stamp, 1957 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Likewise in sports, in the military, academia, the list goes on. Fox Sports gave Craig James the boot after one day on the job when his conservative views on marriage caught the attention of top brass … San Antonio city leaders recently passed a law designed to reduce perceived discrimination against homosexuals. In protecting one group, Christians will see their freedom of religious expression curtailed. The bill will prohibit anyone from working for the city who has expressed a bias against any aspect of the gay lifestyle …

Those few examples seem far removed from our existence but they represent a gathering tide against the followers of Christ. In the matrix of everyday life, you likely sense or hear warnings to “keep your religion to yourself.”

Let me say that these cases are not about preventing proselytizing at work. That’s unwise, anyway. The laws I’m talking about are part of an overt satanic effort to quash religious expression.

Constitutionally, when religious liberty comes into conflict with other “rights,” whether they are newly created or questionable applications of existing rights, the other issue nearly always trumps religious liberties. This is ironic since the Bill of Rights enumerates the free exercise of religion as the very first civil liberty.

We might be tempted to drop out, thinking that social change is inevitable. Just quietly give up your beliefs. But in the past few days, there’s been some kickback against those who would curtail conservative values, which usually means a religious worldview. There are reasons to hope for better things. People of principle have refused to give in to those who would stamp out religion …

The Million Man Muslim March was scheduled for yesterday in Washington, DC. (What a travesty!) It looked grim. Instead, motorcyclists from across the nation honored 9/11 victims and our military yesterday by rumbling 900,000 strong through the Capital. The bikers reportedly wore name tags of the fallen. The Muslims managed a handful.

In Colorado, one group controlled the governorship and both state houses. They rammed through legislation to limit Second Amendment rights. In the first ever recall elections in the state, voters recalled the Senate President and a state senator. The pro-recall forces were outspent 20:1 with outside donors shoveling millions into Colorado. Outgoing NYC Mayor Bloomberg contributed huge sums. It seemed as if he were still attempting to control the lives of others.

Colorado Sky

Colorado Sky (Photo credit: Let Ideas Compete)

Interestingly, the voters who went for Bill de Blasio in New York City’s mayoral campaign this week said they’d had enough of Mayor Bloomberg’s policies. Though de Blasio is probably not a champion for conservative causes, he appears not to be one who would suppress religious freedom.

God will not abandon us but we are lost if we abandon him. Repeat this familiar verse until you have it memorized. Then apply it:  

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

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About samuelehall

A follower of Jesus, husband, father of 3 adult children, writer and learner.
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7 Responses to Religion in the Public Square

  1. Jerry says:

    As counterpoint, I might in good friendship add:

    It is sad that government must force us Christians to respect homosexuals, who should know that they are worse sinners than we are.

    It is sad that there are Muslims in the U.S., who think that they are real Americans with the same right to publicly protest grievances as we Christians have.

    It is a shame that there are those who think that the Second Amendment is being abused by the gun industry and that there could be some limits within the Second Amendment on rapid fire, high capacity firearms.

    What is happening to our Christian liberties?

  2. It’s definitely heating up for Christians around the world. May the fires temper our resolve to stand fast with The Lord.

  3. You might be kicking a hornet’s nest here, Sam, but I’m glad someone is still willing to do it. This spoke to me. Tonight I attended a cub scout pack committee meeting and publicly resigned, on behalf of my family. Scouts has been a fun activity for my oldest and my youngest would have started this year, but we decided as a family that we could not stand with Boy scouts of America as it refuses to stand for the principals on which it was founded. That once included the mission to mold boys into Godly men, but now it has become one more “Christian” organization that has bowed to society rather than to God. Sad.

    • samuelehall says:

      Thanks for the words of support, Sarah. Your family certainly took a courageous stand–in public, too. The BSA cannot consider itself a Christian organization, in view of their bow to the altar of political correctness.

      • Jim Erb says:

        I took notice in yesterdays Family Research Council’s daily update that many other parents share Sarah’s concerns. As a result an alternative outdoor adventure program is being launched in January. It will be called America to Trail Life USA and will embrace all of the principles of traditional scouting without the pro-homosexual politics. There has already been a huge surge of interest in this new program. Their website is http://www.TrailifeUSA.com.

      • samuelehall says:

        Jim, your comments and info greatly appreciated. I’ll alert Sarah to this info.

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