Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bullseye


Ever feel like you are walking around with a bullseye painted on you? Target practice for every bummer happening?

Want to ramp that up? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

In some places, it’s hard not to be a bullseye. All you have to do is be a Christian. Like American Pastor Saeed Abedini in Evin prison, Pakistan.
 
 
Their freedoms are gone. They inched away right out from underneath their very footsteps. Oh... do you hear that? it's our freedoms slipping away here and there, too.
 
Bullseye. Yep.

Right before God says to “stand firm” He tells us to "take up" His armor. There's a reason.
 
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist
in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Ephesians 6:13

When you are walking around with a big bullseye (and probably an arrow pointing at it!), you need a little protection. No, you need a LOT of protection - so grab your armor, Christians, and stand firm to protect our freedoms.

Not so much into that religious stuff? Just a little word of caution for you. If religious freedoms fall in our country, other freedoms will follow.  Doubt that is true? Take a look at the world and ask yourself *really* how free are the nations that restrict religious freedom.

We may not agree on anything except that the freedoms we have are worth protecting - so let's get ready and "stand firm" together.

Praying for our nation and our world,

Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Daffy! We are all polished up and ready!

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  2. I've never seen that book cover before. You're right - people should care about religious freedom, no matter their personal beliefs. Unfortunately, we have come to tolerate the intolerant. It's kind of weird, really.

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    1. I got the Bible cover from Voice of the Martyrs. Very true! ...and very weird. It seems like some people will only tolerate your beliefs if they are the same as theirs. All other beliefs are labeled intolerant. Sad.

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    1. Thanks. Praising and Standing Firm with you!

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  4. Unfortunately, some religious freedoms have already fallen -- like prayer in schools, or school athletic teams to publicly pray before a game. I was gratified to learn, via my granddaughter, that the Pledge of Allegiance is still said in elementary school -- however, no prayer, silent or otherwise. I do wonder if they say "one nation, under God" and I doubt that the Pledge is said at the middle school level anymore. Or how about Tim Tebow -- fodder for jokes. And those are just the tiny cracks in our religious armor.

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    1. Sadly, a lot of people are not familiar with their first amendment rights. Students have the right to pray in school, lead prayers, read their Bibles, and form religious groups. Several legal organizations have won court cases for people, including students and teachers, whose rights have been violated. Unfortunately, those cases, like a lot of other newsworthy events, do not make it to the "national" news.

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  5. Religious freedom is an important thing to uphold, whether you're a Christian, Jew, Muslim, whatever. The same goes for people who are non-religious. Let people believe whatever they believe.

    In regards to Sarah's comment, prayer in school was stopped because of the separation between church and state--not everyone believes in the Christian god. It's not religious freedom to expect kids to pray when they don't believe, so I think it was a wise decision. Likewise, kids who *do* believe can still pray silently if they feel like it. It's just not an official part of the day anymore.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful response!

      That was the intent of the First Amendment: "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."

      The First Amendment was intended to prevent the government from creating a national religion as was common in many European countries. The second clause, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof", was intended to protect each person's right to their individual faith or non-faith, and that is the religious freedom that is being denied many Christians today.

      The phrase "separation of church and state" is not in the Constitution. It was in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. There has been a lot written about this subject - here are a couple of links with further historical information.

      http://www.schoolprayerinamerica.info/1separationchurchstate.html

      http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=123


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  6. Thanks Kathy, for this post. We all need to think about our freedoms--how much they have cost us in the past, and how much it will cost us to stay free. Freedom worth having is not free. We need to fight for our freedom, and fighting in the spiritual realm is the first place to start! We also need to educate our grandchildren. They sometimes have no frame of reference to understand.

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    1. You are welcome! I agree - the cost is the other side of how precious our religious freedom is.

      Amen! Praise and prayer!

      Yes, education really helps to give a perspective. Sadly much of our national history has been edited to eliminate many of the evidences of faith and Providence. Our family is blessed by following the work of missionaries to China for about the last 15 years. Putting faces to the persecution really gives you an education. If you haven't visited Voice of the Martyrs, you might find it very interesting. They have an online prayer newsletter.

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  7. Separation of church and state was to protect the CHURCH, not the other way around! Great post Kath!!!

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    1. So true, Karin. Unfortunate that so many people have forgotten that is what it meant!

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