Pastor's Corner

19 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

The Christian florist known as the “Christian grandma florist” Barronelle Stutzman has appealed her case to the Supreme Court.  Stutzman has fought with the courts for over four years after refusing to sale flowers to a gay couple in 2013. The case originated in Benton County Superior Court in Washington State, who found her guilty of discrimination.  She was originally fined $1,001 and ordered to pay legal fees and court costs which have grown into the thousands of dollars.  Stutzman’s reasoning was simple, gay marriage violates her religious convictions. 

It is sad when the government can bully private business owners into submitting to its will.  One of the greatest things about the United States is the ability of the individual to express his or herself without harassment.  Struggling to be a small business owner and having a measure of success is a dream of millions.  Those who chose to go into the service industry by sharing their artistic talents and abilities should be allowed freedom of expression as every other American has been given since our founding.  How can the talents of a cake maker, florist or photographer be shackled and forced into service for a cause they do not believe in and the government continue to call it freedom?

Prayerfully the Supreme Court will choose to hear this case and restore individual freedoms to all Americans.  When Thomas Jefferson thought out the Declaration of Independence he used the term “certain unalienable rights” with which we were endowed by our “Creator.” Jefferson understood “unalienable rights” to be established rights given to us by our Creator, not by our government. It is important that he mentioned our Creator because it shows that the rights are permanent just as the Creator is permanent.  He mentions these rights to be life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  How can it be Constitutional for the government to prevent these rights from being enjoyed by any American?  The case against those who practice religious freedom is weak but the power of those who believe rights come from the government is strong.  Pray that the Lord will lay heavy upon the Justices and Liberty will be restored to all Americans to practice their faith. In addition, when our freedoms are restore, pray that Christians will be faithful and practice what the Lord has given to us so that we might not ever again have our rights taken away.  

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. Daniel 2:21

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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