Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Freedom to Stand Firm in Your Faith

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And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.  If you are not firm in your faith, you will not be firm at all.  Isaiah 7:9 NIV
This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to hear Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin speak at our church in Nevada.  He was an amazingly inspired speaker, and I was moved by his passion for freedom and faith in the United States; and what we, as Christians, are called to stand up for in America.  

Our faith...

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution is this:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of; 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.  US Constitution
So, if the government can't make any laws prohibiting the exercise of religion, and cannot force laws upon the "establishment" (def. a controlling group in a given field of activity) of religion...why do we constantly hear that companies which are Christian-based are tyrannic radicals who violate the Constitution when they exercise their 1st Amendment Rights?

Can I be honest and say that I'm terrified to be writing this?  Can I be honest and say that I really would rather write something inspirational about my daughter right now and NOT feel my heart beating wildly in my chest with the knowledge that I'm opening myself up to scrutiny and criticism, and danger?  

But if I don't stand up for my faith...what will I stand up for?

If I don't stand up and say, "We are ALL sinners in need of a Savior...and we all need a relationship with Christ...", then what good are any of the other words I would speak?

Jesus stood up for what he believed in...our redemptionJesus stood up for freedom...the ultimate freedom...
"Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing."  Luke 23:24 NLT
Jesus granted mercy along with freedom as he told another criminal being crucified on a cross next to him...
 And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise."  Luke 23:43 NLT
The First Amendment can't just be the law until it is an opinion with which we don't agree.  If a non-Christian-based company is protected from having religion forced upon it, then a Christian-based company is protected from having the government force alternative beliefs upon it.  The only way this can be disproved is by showing that there are other Rights being violated in the process.  
If a person goes to work for a company that has certain benefits for its employees based on the company's fundamental beliefs, the "potential" employee knows what the benefits are when he or she accepts the job.  That's part of the job search process.  Period.   
Am I scared to write this?  You bet.  Am I afraid of losing friends, family or creating enemies in the process?  Absolutely.   Do I know that my view is not necessarily popular?  Yes.  

What will I stand up for if not for my faith?

Pray:  Heavenly Father, bless America, and her Constitution.  Bless those who fight for our freedoms.  Thank YOU, God, for being a god of freedom, and for allowing us to seek a relationship with you rather than forcing us into one.  You show love, mercy, and freedom through your Son...help us to show that to the  rest of the world as we stand up for what You believe.

~Tammie Hefty

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