God Is Bigger Than Your Religious Liberty
The culture is shifting. American history has never seen such a dramatic turn. Unfortunately, it is at the expense of God’s Church. Those who hold fast to the truth of God’s word are being relegated to the corners of bigotry and hatred at the hands of those who claim to be on the “right side” of history.
Despite this drastic shift, Christians have put up a fight — a fight for the continuation of the religious liberty, which our country was founded upon. The fight for our religious liberties is an important battle, one that every Christian (and anybody else who wishes to be able to freely exercise their religion) should stand up for. But what happens if (and it seems when) we lose? What happens when the religious liberty, which we’ve been holding on to with white knuckles, is ripped from our grasp?
As I was reading Psalm 12 recently, I realized this battle has happened before. This narrative has played out before. David cries out,
“1 Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.
2 Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.
3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue
4 that says, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips — who is our master?”
5 “Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
6 And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.
7 O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.
8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.”
David seemed to be the only godly man in sight. He was mad, frustrated, and downright disgusted with the culture he was living in. They were a lying, deceitful generation, and not one upright man could be found.
In the winds of change, David didn’t cry foul because his religious liberties were violated, no such thing existed. Freedom of speech without persecution? Nope, he lived in a kill or be killed world; the only freedom of speech you had came from your ability fight or flee after saying something. Rather than leaning on these things, his response was simple; David cried out to the God of the Universe. He realized a perfect, just God was the only one that could provide him comfort and bring him solace. He says, “O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.” When things were crashing down, David’s answer was to look up and find his safety in God.
The future of Christianity in America is going to look different, and likely very soon. There’s a good chance our schools, colleges, seminaries, and most importantly our churches will be forced to decide whether or not they’re going to get on the bus to progressive town or get run over by it. This scares people, myself included.
Therein lies our lesson from David. God’s people find rest and comfort in God, not the government, nor the culture, nor your religious liberties. Jesus Christ rules over all. Should we continue to fight for religious liberties? Absolutely! But we must always remember that God is bigger than our religious liberty, and only He “will keep us safe and protect us… forever.”
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