Word from the Pastor
Christianity has been greatly influenced especially in these past few decades by increasing political and cultural pressures. Restrictions on prayer in public places and events, the public expression of the Ten Commandments on public buildings, parks, and statues has seemed to become commonplace for the believing Christian. Symbols of our beliefs have undergone serious scrutiny which has led to minorities displacing those artifacts of our Christian heritage. We have even heard politicians and the media describe evangelical Christians as bigots.
As Christians, we might consider one of the greatest consequences facing Christians is allowing secularists to push us back into our sanctuaries where we feel safe and secure. So much for preaching the Gospel and baptizing to the end of the earth! This is a profoundly dangerous point of view because it would undermine the balance between church and state. In essence, the role of the state in the “Establishment Clause” prevents the state from undue influence for managing and controlling religion. This clause was not intended to prevent us from sharing religious values in our government, our schools, our businesses, and from enacting legislation and interpreting such legislation by our courts. Rather, it the “Establishment Clause” was intended to be a protection for the rights of all citizens.
In a democracy, it should be the will of the majority that is enacted into law. It is still the best way to guarantee freedom and to promote common welfare. Too many of our legislatures are imposing self-interests instead of the people’s will. In general, democracy has been a hugely successful American experiment. Our Founding Fathers recognized an unrestrained democracy can lead to a tyranny of the majority. The majority might seek legislation to allow doctors to end life if it has no quality existence. What is to stop such legislation from being enacted? Well, the Constitution and a set of Supreme Court Justices are established to act as a counter balance to such laws being enacted. We never want to be presented with a situation with the “right to die” is a short step to an “obligation to die.”
Our Founding Fathers knew democracy had to be derived from and ordered liberty. This order had to be maintained if freedom is to benefit everyone. Our Founding Fathers relied heavily on a prevailing consensus that there must be an absolute moral law derived from a supernatural source. The preponderance to establish a moral order to liberty stemmed for our Founding Fathers from biblical heritage.
You may have heard the Church described as the moral conscience of society. It is the only institution that can provide a moral restraint against the excess of a tyrannical regime from taking over American government. Therefore, a strong moral order is essential to preserving human freedom. Our government whenever it enacts a law makes a moral judgment. But it is no position to enforce a moral code on a highly pluralistic environment. Consequently, a strong vibrant Church is required so we can exercise our religious freedom and influence the common good of mankind. Thusly, God’s gift for the freedom and welfare of all people in how to live are ensured in the unseen structures of government.
Even through great objection, the Church must take a strong stand in being the thought process and behavior for the message and mission of Jesus Christ. We need to explain to our secular neighbors and atheists that they have nothing to fear from their religious brothers and sisters. Rather, they should welcome the Christian influence for the common good of all and the preservation of freedom for the citizens of the United States of America.