In today’s world, Christians are either ignored or else called bigots or worse. When we take a stand for morality and base our stand on Biblical principles, we’re called homophobes or anti-women’s rights or other such names, depending on the issue involved. What should our reaction be to these things.
One thing we can do is point to the Declaration of Independence. This document was brought to mind by the Independence Day celebrations over the weekend. Let’s take a look at the first few sentences of this document:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
This is the document that established the legitimacy of our nation, yet we the people—even we Christians—frequently overlook the words, or at least the meaning of the words, that make up this wonderful declaration.
In the first paragraph, it says our nation has a right to a separate and equal station (among the nations of the earth) because it is so entitled by Nature’s God. In the second paragraph, it says that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
It doesn’t say by buddha or allah or any other god made up by the religions of men. It’s talking about God Almighty, who created the heavens and the earth, who created not only man but also nature. God the Father, the first person of the Trinity. That’s who entitled us to be a nation, and that’s who endowed us with these unalienable rights.
We may not be able to keep the world from mocking us. After all, the world mocked Jesus also. But we don’t have to sit still and hold our tongues or accept what they say. We don’t have to agree that it’s all just a matter of personal taste and that if it feels good, do it. We can stand proudly on our principles, knowing that they come from God through His word and that the document which established our independence gives a ringing endorsement to those principles.
What’s your reaction when the world honors the rights to an opinion for everyone except Christians?
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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I have always found it interesting that so many things, long associated with our society, have had references to God. The pledge of allegiance, our money, etc. and yet people are trying to remove those references entirely. I suppose they’d like us to re-write those founding documents as well.
What people continually fail to accept is that history cannot be re-written.
And yes, we all matter, no what our race, religious affiliation, etc. We (Christians) have to be tolerant of non-Christians. I respect that. However, they (non-Christians) must also be tolerant of us. It’s a two-way street.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
The opinions of Christians are worthy and deserving of respect.
Yes, Sharon, they are. Too bad they so often don’t receive that respect.c
I am afraid in this day and age, if we make an effort to point that out, there may be a new bill introduced in Congress to eliminate those phrases. So far removing the “in God We Trust” from our coinage hasn’t happened, or to remove “Under God” added to the Pledge by Eisenhower in 1954. However, you never know–especially in light of the fact that 3% of the population has recently swayed the views of he White House and Supreme Court.
You’re right, Julie, but as Christians we must stand up and be counted, even if it is futile to do so.