Freedom of Religion?

 In this country we have freedom of religion. Unfortunately, once you proclaim religion, you lose your freedoms! It seems that people think Christians shouldn't meddle in politics. And what right does a Christian have in big business? Shouldn't Christians spend all their time in church talking about Heaven and God and "spiritual" stuff like that?! Politics should be left up to "worldly" people who are too smart to fall for all those religious fairy tales. And business, well.... aren't Christians supposed to be poor and sad? Isn't their reward in Heaven? Well then, leave all the gold and silver and those nasty greenbacks to us sinners! And what do they think they're doing nosing around in public education? They should worry about Sunday School and let us take care of "real" education!
The "separation of church and state" has become "separate all the church-goers from state matters and keep those Christians noses out of public affairs"! Why does my becoming a Christian mean I must stop being an American? And why are all other "religions" tolerated (even esteemed) while Christianity is mocked and hated?
I am an American AND a Christian! I will be heard! I will exercise my rights and fight for my freedoms until the day I die! I don't ask for favoritism, but I will not accept second-class citizenship! I will vote my faith and my morals! I will speak up for absolute truth and moral responsibility! I will stand in the gap for the weak and defenseless! I will not be forced into "political correctness; I will call sin SIN! Get used to it!


No Sense

Ever heard the old adage about someone "cutting off his nose to spite his face"? I've always liked that one! It's talking about someone who insists on doing something which, in the end, only hurts himself. Not very bright, huh?
That's the saying I think of when the liberals and atheists start talking about Christians and how the world would be better off without those "religious zealots". They mock and make fun of Jesus and the Ten Commandments and the Bible and morality and personal resposibility and pretty much everything Christians stand for.
But what would the world be like without Christians? It would be everyone doing whatever they pleased with no one to warn them or speak up for truth. The Bible talks about a time when "everyone did what was pleasing in their own eyes" and I suspect that's what would happen again. No truth, no right and wrong, no morals, no laws.... just everyone doing whatever they think is right, whatever pleases them. How long would society last?
Christians are the light of the world because they stand upon and stand up for the word of God. When the Christians are gone, evil will quickly prevail, having no one to hold it back. The world would do away with Christians and Christianity (and God for that matter) and destroy themselves in the doing. Cutting off one's nose in spite of one's face makes no sense.


High Places?

Ephesians chapter 6 talks about " spiritual wickedness in high places". Now, I know that chapter is concerned with the evil forces at work in heavenly realms, but doesn't that phrase seem awfully relevant to what's going on politically these days? Spiritual wickedness in high places; Sounds like our current political scene to me! Let's see... we have adultery, voter fraud, alcohol and drug abuse, rape, sexual harassment and abuse, racketeering, theft of public funds and misappropriation of public funds not to mention a total disregard for their constituency and the greater good of our country. Sounds like spiritual wickedness in high places to me!
It is a morality problem. It is a selfishness problem. It is a character problem. It is a heart problem.  It is an outward manifestation of an inward flaw. It is a spiritual thing. We keep waiting for "things" to change, but "things" only change when people change! People only truly change when God changes them. When God gives them a "heart" transplant, when He removes their old, selfish, evil heart and gives them a heart of compassion and mercy, people are changed and those people then make "things" change!
The Bible tells us to pray for those in authority so that we may all live in peace and prosper. We should be praying that God would save them and change their hearts. But, apparently, we would rather complain and bad-mouth than pray. Yes, I'm talking about Christians.
An old saying goes "You deserve what you allow" and we have allowed these spiritually wicked people to stay in high places too long. We need to pray for those in office now and vote them out if they refuse to change and be more careful next election to vote our faith and values and not our pockets!