The Sunday Message

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

I happened to see a poll from Gallup about which regions in the United States are most religious and least religious.

Care to make a guess?

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The Sunday Message

We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are chosen to be a part of His plan.Romans 8:28 (NLV)

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision on the OBERGEFELL v. HODGES in which they ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in all states.

It was not long before some Christians and some Christian organizations were basically shouting that the sky was falling on Christianity. For example, the Family Research Council sent this email to their subscribers:

It is part of an unrelenting war on Christianity and the family by the Left, liberal media, ruling elites and especially the Obama administration. And now, because of the Court’s ruling, our religious freedom is more in danger than ever before.

I’m a Christian and I woke up on Saturday morning with the same freedoms I’ve always had. My sky did not fall. I was still able to pray out loud. I checked my church’s website and they are still having church services at the same time on Sunday.

God is still good folks.

Here is exactly what the U.S. Supreme Court said about religion in their OBERGEFELL v. HODGES decision:

Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons.

If you did not like same-sex marriage before the decision on Friday, you can still not like it on Saturday. That’s the First Amendment working for you and me.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34 (NIV)

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message

“One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Do you ever wonder if your religious beliefs are the “correct” beliefs? What I mean by this question is when your life ends will you be going to heaven, or is it all over.

Recently former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

I imagine the religious world went wild after hearing those remarks. I thought his comments were a little arrogant. Sadly, Bloomberg’s not sure there is a God.

The founders of our country wanted to leave religion up to us, so they created this thing called the First Amendment. Basically it prohibited the government from telling us to have religion or what religion to have.

I like the First Amendment. You and I can believe what we want! Maybe God gave our founders the religion clauses idea in the First Amendment so year after year we could argue about a valedictorian or a speaker mentioning God or Jesus or saying a prayer during a graduation speech.

With these freedoms come other issues. Like those pesky people who don’t believe in God or Jesus or religion? I can deal with non-believers pretty easily. I’m not a pusher of my religious beliefs on others, although I write this column for every Sunday because I think that’s what God wants me to do.

We will all find out in the end who was correct, right?

Seriously, it’s tougher for me to get along with the high and mighty Christians who believe they have the market cornered on what to believe – the facts as they see them.

In closing, I think maybe the great Bob Dylan may have said it best:

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Have a great week!

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