In today’s political culture we are seeing some of the best examples of individuality and sarcasm. We see Democrats fighting with Republicans. Democrats fighting with Democrats. Republicans fighting Republicans. Wall street fighting with…never mind that.
Inclusive with this is the motivation to flip-flop whenever it suits the interests of the individual. They rally from pro-life to pro-choice. They commit to change the economy only to find their records show no evidence of that. We see some who are angry, attacking everyone who doesn’t agree with them. We see insults and indignation. However, we are also seeing a unification call against religious freedom.
This year, the Supreme Court decided not to hear the pleas of churches that rented the auditoriums of schools. The result was the NYC government cracking down on churches that want to rent these spaces. It is not because of drug dealing, prostitution or gang wars. It is because someone in charge decided they didn’t like Christians. This week, churches got together in NYC to fast and pray for our religious freedom. So I decided to think about both sides of this story.
On one hand, the NYC government doesn’t want churches gathering in a school auditorium, most likely because it costs money to allow access to these schools. Think about it, the custodian needs to open the facility, a city guard needs to be placed there, the heat needs to be put on. All this costs money. However, the problem with that thinking is that these churches pay to use these facilities. Some of them are paying in upwards of thousands of dollars each month. This is more than enough to pay for the heat and salaries of those that need to be there. Okay, so is it only churches that are being asked to leave? It appears so.
NYC officials say to have a religious organization meet in a school would imply that their beliefs are the crux of the local neighborhood. (Okay. I have to stop here to comment.) A church meeting in a school where the name on the building is the school. How is that saying their beliefs are overtaking the neighborhood? This makes no logical sense.
Next the same official said what NYC was doing would be a win for school children in diverse neighborhoods. How does a church meeting on a Sunday morning for prayer affect school children. THE SCHOOL ISN’T OPEN FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAYS!
Late last year, NYC government also tried to stop children from organizing their own “after hours religious club” (again Christian kids) and lost that battle because the laws state if it is run and organized by kids, it’s okay.
Here is another confusing thought. The NYC school system makes teachers pay for their kids school supplies. They do not provide the most basic needs for the kids. In the areas where these churches meet are mainly poorer areas where the money can be used. Are you telling me that the billionaire mayor doesn’t want to make money for the city and use it for the good of the community?
Now here is a question that hasn’t been publicized so much. Can these churches afford other places to rent? The simple answer is no. If these churches rent from other churches, then the churches that rent to those churches are no longer considered churches as they are now considered for-profit organizations and they lose their 503C status. Then the churches that want their 503C status don’t rent to the needy churches so the needy churches need to find another location. The problem? All private companies (most of NYC businesses) do not have to rent to anyone. They own the facility therefore, they can rent to anyone they want.
Now, the public facilities are being threatened because someone doesn’t like the Christians praying. Hmmm. Do you think this is about religious freedom or lack thereof?
So, I am asking all Christians to stand up and unify. According to the Scriptures, we serve one God, who gave us His One and only Son. Just before Jesus died on the cross, He told the disciples to love one another and others will know that they are His because of their love. Paul writes later on to be one mind, spirit and purpose. Even though we are varying beliefs due to culture or interpretations, we are still called to be unified with our core beliefs.
Did Jesus die for you and I? Do you believe that Jesus is Lord of all? Then we are part of the same family. Different thought processes. Different cultural tendencies, but one family.
Let me be very clear. THE BRIDE OF CHRIST MUST STAND UP AND UNIFY! WE MUST NOT ALLOW OUR SOCIETY TO DICTATE WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT BELIEVE. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. FOUNDED ON OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS. THIS BELOVED COUNTRY WHOSE FOUNDING DOCUMENTS CLEARLY STATE WE HAVE BEEN “ENDOWED BY OUR CREATOR” TO CERTAIN NON-NEGOTIABLE RIGHTS – LIVE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!
So I am asking you to stand up and sign a petition. Just go to http://www.frcation.org and look up the title “Help Stop New York’s Attack on Faith and the First Amendment” Fill out the petition form and say you are standing with those whose rights are being threatened.
If this were happening to any other religious belief system, there would be an outcry like never before. There would be media all over this, but because it is Christians, we just sit down and ignore the reality that we are losing our rights each year.
I am encouraging you to stand for Who you believe in. If you do not, this is only a portion of what is to come in the future. Remember, we are to be unified, so let’s take up that call from God and show our society how much God loves them by standing up for our rights. Through unification there will be one voice.
I hope you will understand the severity of this current political issue. It could end up going nationwide some day. God Bless and encourage someone today.