My post yesterday dealt with exercising my First Amendment rights openly. This article from Durable Faith is reprinted with the author’s permission and highlights our loss of this foundational right. The author writes from his point of view as a pastor sounding the alarm for the coming storm. Prepare accordingly.
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Date: September 18, 2012
Recent (convenient) events have brought free speech rights into question on a global scale.
The importance of this issue literally cannot be overstated.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets..” ― Napoleon Bonaparte“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 peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 1 st Amendment to the US Constitution
A lone appeals judge bowed down to the Obama administration late Monday and reauthorized the White House’s ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or due process. http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-lohier-ndaa-stay-414/
Calamity on a global scale may occur due to reactions of those offended by the exercise of free speech, yet the right of free speech is still not negotiable. Man was created in the image of God to see, think, feel, and express himself.
A government that can set arbitrary laws on what speech is acceptable has set themselves in the place of God, ruling the expression and ultimately the exchange of information and thus the thinking and beliefs of men. This cannot be allowed to stand.
People of conscience who are inclined to submit to governing authorities who set limits on free speech are simply misguided. They are at best unwitting idolators who have placed their duty to man’s word higher than their duty to God. Their submission and implicit support of such a government removes the freedom of speech for their neighbors.
God has said many things which various men find offensive.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
When the government of a country falls into the hands of men who are idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, swindlers, etc, they naturally are offended at God, God’s words, and God’s people. As a result, many countries have banned God’s word. People who distribute God’s word in such countries risk their freedom and their lives. Other countries have selectively banned portions of God’s word such as preaching on offensive topics like those in the verses above.
What are Christians and Churches to do when government bans God’s word or certain topics from God’s word?
Matthew 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
While many churches and christians today are self-censoring on politically sensitive topics, our standard bearers of biblical history did no such thing.
John the baptist was beheaded for exercising his freedom of speech. Jesus was crucified for non-compliance with jewish and roman authorities.
The trends in America and globally are pointing to marginalization and persecution of Christians and the right to free speech is THE pivot point that none of us can afford to ignore.
This is not a test, this is the real deal, and this is not negotiable.
Each of us must choose who we ultimately answer to, God, or fallen man. We must choose between society’s norms and God’s laws. The stakes are high, the consequences are real. We must not shrink back. He gave it all for us, its time to put it all on the line for Him.
11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11