A few years ago, I was involved in a church college group outreach on South Beach, in Miami. We took water bottles and church invitations to the club scene on a Friday night. I can remember the day leading to that event. I didn’t really want to go. I wanted to go see a movie with my friend, but my husband convinced me to go with the group, so there I was. I invited a few clubbers to our church – some shrugged me off, some looked confused, and some were shocked and appreciative.
One guy said, “Why are you doing this?!”
I’m sure I gave him a very Christian-y answer, but the truth in that moment was that I was just going because everyone else was. Although I loved God, and truly did want to obey Him, I was just going through the motions that day. I’m not proud of that. I haven’t thought about that night until a few days ago when I was watching Fox News.
Huckabee was interviewing Phyllis Schlafly, co-author of “No Higher Power: Obama’s war on religious freedom.” Her book lays out the various ways that our president is eliminating our freedom of religion. What shocked me most was that an order was just issued in the military that people coming to visit their wounded soldiers are not permitted to bring their Bibles. The reason being that they’re on public property.
This means that it’s only a matter of re-election before our expressions of faith will be restricted more and more. Schlafly predicts that while we’ll be allowed to pray inside our church, behind closed doors, we may not be legally permitted to do church outreaches or anything involving our faith outside the church building. She foresees Obama getting rid of crosses erected to honor our veterans, placing restrictions on valedictorians who want to thank God in their speeches, stopping children from singing Christmas carols, etc.
Obama has eliminated references to God from our Declaration of Independence multiple times, recently saying “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed* with certain unalienable rights – life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” After that word endowed*, should be the phrase “by our CREATOR.” Obama eliminated God from the equation. Schlafly says, “You can’t blame that on the teleprompter because he’s done that repeatedly.”
In contrast, Paul Ryan, running for Vice President alongside Romney said in his RNC speech, “Our rights come from nature and GOD, and not from government.”
I don’t share the same religion as Romney or Ryan – but they want to secure our freedom to worship, while Obama wants to make America a secular country.
During Romney’s nomination acceptance speech last week, he said, “As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America’s first liberty: the freedom of religion.”
We’re coming up on an election that isn’t just this policy versus that. We are at a crossroads and our freedom is on the line. Its easy to take freedom for granted when its been a given for your entire life, but its disappearing, friends. And, we are the generation that can do something about it. Make sure you’re registered to vote. You have the power to choose what you want your country to look like. I don’t know about you, but I choose freedom.