You Can’t Take What You Didn’t Give Me
This month the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on civil liberties containing a startling statement. “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 or any form of intolerance.”
I find the statement startling because this is a commission that was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to seriously investigate potential violations of civil rights. Now it appears to be more apt to enforce the violation of civil rights, specifically the rights of Christians.
What this statement says to the Christian business owner who does not wish to service a gay wedding is that they have to do it according to the U. S. government or face legal actions and face being labeled a bigot by society.
The Commission refers to slavery and Jim Crow laws as the basis for the argument against religious liberty. That is an invalid argument. The Bible never says anything about enslaving Blacks, nor does it state that Blacks are inferior and should be considered only 3/5 of a person. These policies were not created based on the Bible but in truth were based on flawed interpretations of the Bible.
There are over 20 different modern translations of the Bible and all of them clearly state that homosexuality is an abomination. All of those same translations also only speak of marriage being between a man and a woman. When a Christian says they cannot condone gay marriage or alternative lifestyles, it is not based on an interpretation. It is rooted in plain Bible.
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22).
“The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,” (1 Timothy 1:10).
“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:6-9).
These beliefs are not grounded in interpretation so this idea that the Bible is being used to discriminate is the real hypocrisy. How ironic that the Commission cites the use of the Bible in slavery and Jim Crow but fails to address how other non-Christian religious writings adhered to by millions across the world are decidedly anti-Christian.
Jesus told us that nations would hate us because of Him but who knew it would be our own nation (Matthew 10:22)? The Kingdom of God is suffering violence and we must fight back but remember the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual (Matthew 11:12; 2 Corinthians 10:4). We must love the people but fight the devils that have them in bondage and confusion. Faith is a fight and this country is losing faith quickly so we who believe must fight that good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
It does not matter what any commission, board or human leader says, Jesus said, “I can guarantee this truth: Until the earth and the heavens disappear, neither a period nor a comma will disappear from the Scriptures before everything has come true.” (Matthew 5:18). The Word of the Lord shall stand forever and the Word says whoever the Son of Man sets free, is free and no man can take away that freedom (Isaiah 40:8; John 8:36). No one can take away from you what they did not give you and our freedom to worship God in spirit and in truth comes only from the Holy Spirit!
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