Social Justice and Religious Liberty
Peter instructs his audience to submit to and respect their governing authorities, despite the horrid conditions they were experiencing. He stated that God has ordained governments to restrain evil in the world and to promote good, and believers are to live in a way that is above reproach. Therefore, as citizens of God's kingdom, Christians are to obey God above all other rulers and authorities whatever the cost. Religious freedom gives a person the right to be wrong about God, eternally wrong about God.
In the United States, religious liberty, and more specifically, Christian liberty, is under attack. Religious freedom begins with God, as He gives all people the freedom to choose life or death. Whether to obey Him or not. Government does not exist to promote or suppress religion, but to protect the free exercise of it. For only a moral people with shared mutual values can be goverened.
"Without religion morality falters. When morality falters the Pandora's Box of corruption, crime, and decay set in to be followed by the demise of the nation." Alexander Hamilton
Our government has now redefined Freedom of Religion to mean only the private worship of God in one's home or church. However, true worship of God is faithfulness to God in all areas of life. All areas of life. Because Jesus Christ is Lord of all.
Christians are to obey their government and those in authority over them, until that obedience requires disobedience to God.
President Obama through executive action, Congress through congressional legislation, the Supreme Court through court decisions are seemingly trying to destroy the traditional Christian morality of this nation and its people by redefining:
The Basis of Law.
The Origin of Life.
The Definition of Life.
The Definition of Murder.
The Definition of Morality.
The Definition of Marriage.
The Definition of Biological Gender.
The Definition of The Right of Parents.
The Definition of The Right of Public Worship.
The Definition of America as No Longer A Christian Nation.
The Definition of The Original Intent of Our Founding Fathers.
The Definition of The Right of Sincerely Held Religious Convictions.
Although we recognize both as authorities, God is The Supreme Authority. We honor Him in all our ways privately and publicly. Therefore, we must use what remains of our religious liberty for His mission of sharing the loving kindness of God in saving the lost and making disciples that will share the good news of the Gospel. To that end, we will not bow to Caesar, nor remain silent.