Pastor's Corner

2 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

Almost a month after the 2020 Presidential election, it is becoming clear that Joe Biden will be our next President.  Mr. Biden has promised an administration that will reunite the divided country.  In his victory speech a few weeks ago he said, “I pledge to be a president who does not seek to divide, but unify, who doesn’t see red states or blue states, only sees the United States. The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.”

We all hope and pray that it is true.  As Biden quotes from the Bible, those who have been working hard in the background to remove all religion from public practice are making their way to the front.  The Secular Coalition for America released a 13-page “Secular Agenda for the 117th Congress & Biden Administration,” listing its legislative priorities and its goals for the Biden White House. The coalition says it represents atheist, agnostic and humanist Americans, including the organizations American Atheists, Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Secular Student Alliance.

These organizations have made their desires no secret as they have canvased the country for years attempting to stamp out any hint of religious practice in public.  Now they have an official agenda that has been presented to the next President and Congress.   The coalition says it hopes to build support to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a 1993 bipartisan law that prevents the government from “substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion.”

A spokesperson for the group said, “As we move forward into the first session of the 117th Congress, we can expect a flurry of legislative actions to be undertaken, and want not only our community to understand what we are working for on their behalf, but also for Congress and the new administration to have a better understanding of what our very large and quickly growing constituency expects of them.”  What they expect is for the government to criminalize religious practice.  They seek to strip the states of their right to pass laws based on the desire of its people.  They want to pass laws that would remove the Constitutional rights of individuals to practice their faith in private business and personal expression of faith in schools.  In addition, at the top of their list, is a law that would allow abortion on demand paid for with taxpayer money.   

Their agenda is nothing new, but now they see their best opportunity to make fundamental change during a progressive presidency.  Although Mr. Biden might be working for peace, organizations like these have never sought peace. It appears that the only group that does not realize there is a war going on is Christians.  

Mr. Biden quoted from Ecclesiastes, but let us be reminded that the same chapter tells us “there is a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace” (3:8). Jesus tells us that His demonstration of love on the Cross removes hate, but He also tells us in Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” The New Testament is full of warnings of war with Satan and his forces.  Paul tells us to fight the good fight, about the Armor of God and that we fight against evil forces of this world, not flesh.  The point is that there is a war going on and the other side seems to be the only one that knows it.  No matter who is in the White House, Christians will always be at war with the forces of this world.  The question is will our generation be remembered as a casualty or a champion?  Continue to pray for our leaders and for your continued role in the battle for the soul of our nation.      

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan


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