I never thought I would live long enough to see what happened last week. An American. A Christian. A woman. A mother. Thrown into jail because of her faith in God. Without bail. I never dreamed this would happen in America — “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Right?
I’m beginning to wonder. It seems like everything that was once right is now wrong and everything that was once wrong is now right. Different people groups are coming to America and asking us to make accommodation for their religious beliefs while our religious beliefs are being taken away from us. First it was taking God out of the schools which included forbidding prayer and the Ten Commandments. Then it was religious scenes like the Nativity scene being banned from public places as well as government owned land. Then it was removing the word, “Christmas” and replacing it with “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings.” Christmas plays at school now are called “Winter Programs” and “Holiday Plays.” What has been accepted for hundreds of years: the Bible, Christian Doctrine, the Authority of the Church, Absolute Truth and numerous other things we have grown up with (the flag on the Dukes of Hazard car, the Confederate flag at the Capitol in South Carolina, college football team names, Jonathan Alder High School symbol, to name a few) removed or changed so our country can be “politically correct.” Whose idea is this? I’m beginning to not recognize America anymore — we have to be so correct in everything we do.
And then…it is now acceptable for most everyone in politics to “lie when it is convenient.” One of the more famous lies in our lifetime was when a former President was challenged about having an affair in the Oval office and outright lied about it. To the point where we “split hairs” by asking what the definition of “is” — is. There have been numerous scandals from Benghazi to a server in a bathroom and people lying and side-stepping the truth, and only when the evidence becomes insurmountable, do they come out and say they are sorry. But they are only sorry because they have been caught.
Millions and millions of babies being slaughtered and now we find out they are being “harvested” so their body parts can be sold. And we don’t blink. Millions of people on welfare and food stamps because they have found a way to cheat the system and let the government pay their way. Free cell phones, free groceries, free health care, free this and free that…all the while those who are working, are now working longer just to make ends meet. Where does it stop?
It stops when God’s people humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways, see His face and repent of their sins. That’s what the Bible says. It stops when God’s people stand up and say, “No more!” It stops when we take a stand in our own community and don’t allow things that are contrary to the Word of God to take place. It stops when you and I become involved and do something to make it stop. It stops with us. If our generation allows what has been going on to continue, it will. It’s time we wake up, stand up and speak up. It’s time. Here’s a thought: “If you were arrested (like Kim Davis was) for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
And that is Something To Think About for this week.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at email@example.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.