Fear is a terrible motivator for decisions. The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of a sound mind. Both Presidential campaigns are using fear to move voters as a simple sampling of commercials would reveal. Fear actually moves people more than other styles of communication and motivation. I hesitate to use fear in my discussions because it is often exploited and overstated for effect. When fear is overused then the communicator’s message becomes noise. The boy who cried “wolf” scenario. “The sky is falling. The sky is falling.”
With that in mind, I am compelled by the facts to tell you that I do believe that the sky is falling.
Religious liberty is under unprecedented attack in the United States. On September 7, 2016, the US Commission of Civil Rights released a report that took three years to produce to speak to the latest issues of civil rights and gender equality. The report expressed “an overall disdain for actions motivated by religion.” This report subordinates the highest freedom in the land which is religious freedom, which is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, to sexual orientation and gender identity, which are not even constitutionally enumerated protections. Martin Castro, the Commission’s chairman, remarked: “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.”
If the current agenda of progressives is achieved, then every Christian will have to learn to live with oppressed religious convictions. For example, the Christian nurse will likely be forced to assist in the abortion if she wishes to care for all patients. The private pharmacists will likely be forced to sell the abortion pill. The wedding chapel will likely be forced to accept any type of ceremony. The Christian college or academy will be forced to employ and accept homosexual or transgender faculty and students (see SB 1146 in California). Every activity at a church will be scrutinized to determine if it genuinely has a religious function in order to be protected by the state. Children will likely face the dilemma of choosing their gender as they enter school. Kindergartners will likely be taught the stewardship of this choice. The state will likely rival the family even against the parents in these issues because the state will have concluded that to advocate or teach anything other that gender choice is hate speech and discriminatory. (I recommend that you watch the fifth link below for these situations explained)
We need to tell our Christian friends that this election matters. I recommend that you become more informed on this issue in particular. Here are some helpful materials concerning the issue of religious liberty:
This election matters from a public policy perspective. Unfortunately, the two leading candidates do not express the real weightiness of what is at stake in this election. The Supreme Court vacancy and future appointments will shape the future of religious liberty like no other time in our history. So how should you vote? I discussed this in a previous blog entitled: “The winner of the Presidential election and for whom I will be voting.” I also want to invite you to an event on October 4 at The Life Bridge Church (formally known as Harvest Bible Chapel) in Windermere, FL, at the corner of CR535 and Chase Road for an event sponsored by the Florida Family Policy Council: “An Honest Discussion about a Difficult Election.” I will be one of the speakers and the events are a morning forum beginning at 8 AM and an evening session beginning at 7:00 PM.
We must not become an angry people. We need to be a hopeful people. We should be gracious and not angry. The flood of ungodliness and persecution continues rise against the dam of legal protection for Christians and the church. The flood is now overwhelming the dam. The water is pooling at our feet and soon it will be at our waists. We should not be surprised. This world is not our home. We are voices crying in the wilderness. We should be full of peace, comfort, love, and resolve to stand for righteousness and truth while the enemy comes in as a flood. I call upon you to pray, to vote, to share with your friends, and to be a good steward of this moment in history.