Political Amnesia

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

We are forgetting our beginning!   As a nation, amnesia has settled into one of the primary reasons we exist: Religious Liberty.

Edwin Meese III reminds us that:

“America was founded to be a beacon of liberty, particularly religious liberty. The framers of our Constitution sought to preserve religious liberty to such an extent that they made it the first right protected in the Bill of Rights. In countless instances we’re seeing government exceed its proper constitutional role, ignore the constitutional limits placed on its power, and interfere with the constitutionally guaranteed liberties of its citizens — especially eroding religious liberty.”

Meece sites recent examples of this failure to protect individual religious liberty:

In August, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a Christian photographer’s right to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony-even though doing so would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs.

Christian adoption and foster care agencies have been forced to stop providing those services because they object to placing children in same-sex households. Other cases infringing on religious freedom are aimed at a baker, a florist, a bed-and-breakfast, a T-shirt company, a student counselor and even the Salvation Army.

We have a distinct call as Jesus followers to respect the leaders of our nation. President Washington reminded Americans in his Farewell Address. He added: “And let us with caution indulge the opposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.”

As a pastor, I have a charge to engage in the betterment of the political process. It is in the realm of my responsibilities to:

  • help those under my care to be active in their faith
  • know what we believe and why we believe it
  • use my Christian freedom to extend freedom
  • encourage voting that honors liberty
  • support godly values

In the United States, we are doubly blessed! We have great freedoms and great resources. Both are a gift from God’s goodness and both require accountable stewardship.

For further discussion on this necessary discussion that influenced this blog, I encourage you to visit the following site:

http://www.heritage.org/issues/religion-and-civil-society/religious-liberty

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” (Psalm 33:12 ESV)

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV)

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