If you’ve made the journey to Washington DC, you’ve probably seen it. In the hushed walls within the Thomas Jefferson memorial, you read the words embedded in the third panel. When I read it, I felt almost ashamed that I had taken our liberty for granted for so long. I live in the Bible belt, sheltered from most of the attacks. When I read his words, chills went down my spine.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Establish a law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state and on a general plan.”
God who gave us life gave us liberty.
That liberty is under attack in America from all angles. There are some who believe we would be better off without those liberties our founders fought and died to give us. There are some who prefer to live in bondage. The government is more than happy to oblige. It takes my breath away sometimes as I think of one of the most important liberties being ripped out from under us. Most of us not even knowing it’s happening.
As I read the following paragraph, it leaves no question in my mind as to what it means. I could read it upside-down, backwards, forwards and it still says the same thing.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. -First Amendment to the Constitution.
It’s pretty clear. The Government will make no law establishing a religion. Most people grab that part with a giddy “I gotcha grin,” but it continues… OR prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This allows me to be able to boldly stand and say, “Mr. Government, you CANNOT prevent me from believing that life begins at conception, therefore I will not pay for a woman to end a child’s life.”
God who gave us life, gave us liberty
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the first amendment. “Prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Nowhere in this statement do I read we have to keep our religion and practice of, behind our church doors. It’s simply not there. Yet, this is the new tactic of the left. They want to demand that we leave our religious beliefs at the door of the church when we leave on Sunday morning. In other words, you can be pro-life on Sunday mornings, but when you leave, you are suddenly swept into the government’s world of mandates and taxes, and suddenly your beliefs disappear to be picked up again next Sunday.
Do you know the difference between Freedom of Religion, and the new politically correct fad, Freedom of Worship?
You’ve heard the left suddenly change the way they speak about the first amendment, and they think you didn’t notice. HOWEVER, words mean something.
Religion centers on a core belief system. Worship is just one factor of that. Many countries, such as Romania and Saudi Arabia, have the “freedom of worship,” but their people have no freedom of conscience, no freedom to spread the Gospel or practice religion in the public square. They have no freedom to choose life. This is one of the main commandments of the Christian faith. Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations in Matthew 28.
If Christians have the freedom to worship in their own home but don’t have the freedom to tell others about Jesus Christ, that really is not freedom at all. That is the difference. If you want to live your faith out loud as Jesus commanded, you cannot do it, unless you have freedom of religion. It’s about time we start paying attention to the fine print, and the left’s sneaky talking points.
Without the religious freedom, we will soon begin to see government entities trying to say (as New York has done) that you can’t have a license to practice medicine without agreeing to end a child’s life through abortion. You will see Catholic hospitals closing due the new stipulations and demands of the government, and religious charities depleting by the masses.
On the other end of the spectrum, Here in Indiana, we’ve seen the government try to withhold licenses to new nursing homes because of Medicaid dollars impacting current nursing homes. What happens when the brunt of Obama-care kicks in and the baby boomers are filling our nursing homes. Don’t think for a minute, they won’t try to impact end of life decision. Far fetched? I don’t think so. Once the government has taken your religious freedom, you will be forced to live with this through end of life decisions as well.
If we lose Religious freedom, we will have lost that FREEDOM to choose what is right or wrong. That decision will be made for us. (and let me tell you, if you don’t have the courage to stand for it now, don’t think you will suddenly get the courage to say no when you are required to kill a baby, or lose your license, aka paycheck)
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty.
Freedom of Religion impacts every portion of our lives. From the beginning of life, to the end of life. When Government steps in, you will step OUT of any of those decisions. Your children will no longer have the choice to choose life.
You have a chance right now in Indiana to say, “I stand with the founders of our country to protect our first amendment rights by passing the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” also known as the Indiana Hobby Lobby Bill. It’s time to send a message that the government can step no further… The freedom of speech and the freedom of religion are worth sacrificing a bit of comfort to protect. I wrote about the bill’s intricacies in my blog entitled, “Why Indiana MUST pass a Freedom of Conscience and Religion Bill.”
Next week, the Indiana Senate will debate religious freedom, and how our state can take a proactive role in protecting our borders. The Senate will hear SB 568 on February 9th. It’s time they hear from you, both in standing with us at noon that day at the statehouse, writing letters to the editor, making phone calls and personal visits to your lawmaker.
Indiana Senate: 317-232-9400
Indiana House: 317-232-9600
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty.
I think this freedom is worth fighting for. Our founders thought it was worth dying for. It’s time we sacrifice the comfort of our lives to defend.