Pastor's Corner

24 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

I have never understood why going into politics means you have to abandon personal religious conviction and why someone in ministry has to abandon personal political views.  At least that is the feeling I get from outspoken progressives and most atheists who speak out against those who openly practice their faith and express political views.  Freedom of religion and speech are protected by the Constitution but why do certain citizens have to give up those freedoms when they take office or surrender to full time ministry?  Here is the most recent example.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The group issued Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain information used by Cabinet secretaries who attend a weekly Bible study led by Capitol Ministries founder Ralph Drollinger.  Drollinger has been leading Bible studies for members of the U.S. House and Senate for years.  The FFRF claims that the lawsuit was filed because they believe government resources are being used and the fact that HUD would not waive the FOIA request fees when they were originally filed.  HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson refused the request on the basis that “the records FFRF was seeking did not relate to HUD operations or activities.”  Ralph Drollinger responded on Facebook by saying, "Rather than sue, the FFRF can simply go to and check out copies of the Bible studies I write and teach the Cabinet, Senate and House members every week. There's nothing secret to this – and all related Bible study expenses are paid by Capitol Ministries, a 501(c)3 organization."

The Constitution does protect those in government who wish to practice their faith and it does protect those in ministry who wish to interact with those in politics.  I believe that the issue at hand is not Constitutional violations by these individuals but a conscience violation by those at the FFRF.  In their battle to destroy all things relating to Christ they are confronted with the truth of the Bible and with the true followers of Jesus.  They fail to understand that Christianity is not something someone turns on or off when it is politically correct to do so.  Christianity is about a personal relationship with the Savior, not one’s ability to check off a list of do’s and don’ts.  To do so would be to reduce Christianity down to a system when it is in fact a personal relationship with the Savior.   

I applaud Dr. Carson for his correct stand in Constitutional authority but more so his open practice of Biblical authority in his personal life.  Groups such as the FFRF and CREW have made it clear that their end game is not accountability but complete removal of all things Christian.  We need political leaders to take a stand for faith within the laws of our country in the face of such one sided opposition.  Their bravery serves as encouragement for others to stand for their rights as well. 

Always pray for our political leaders but also for judges who hear cases such as these.  Pray for discernment for these men and women as they seek to rule correctly.  Pray for their bravery as they too stand in opposition to political correctness.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  Romans 1:20

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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