Sorry for the late evening post, I kind of forgot to prepare some posts for the week.
With this being the Octave of Easter, I’ve been thinking a little bit about the Resurrection, the Apostles, and liberty in America today, and I’ve got to say that we’ve got it all wrong.
Yes, we should demand that our politicians be obedient to the Constitution, that our natural right to religious liberty be recognized and respected, that our neighbors seek to value life and marriage and faith.
If only we take back the Senate.
If only we take back the White House.
If only we vote out politicians that destroy marriage.
If only we….
Whether these things happen or not, it doesn’t matter. The tide in our culture has turned against Christianity. It used to bring me down. But guess what, it doesn’t matter if our government, our society, takes away our legal right to practice our faith in Jesus Christ because Jesus has risen from the dead!
Our Lord Jesus conquered death and he promised that we would too, but that only through carrying our cross, through experiencing the persecution from the world that he did. And then the Apostles and the martyrs and the Christians went out and died for their faith in Jesus Christ. They did not have the comfort of legal protections to practice Christianity. It didn’t matter. The civil law does not give us our religion.
And so it is that we must, no matter what the letter of the law says, obey Jesus Christ. We will not buy contraception even if the law says we must. We will not participate in the killing of children even if the law says we must. We will not stop speaking boldly to proclaim the truth of marriage even if the law declares the truth a hate crime. We will serve Christ no matter what the cost. We will gladly pay all our money away in fines for remaining true to our conscience. We will gladly do community service or jail time for speaking out on abortion, on the sanctity of marriage. We will go to the very chairs of death if the civil law and our peers demand it before we give up one iota of our faith in Jesus Christ.
The days when those things happen may not come before the end of my life, or they may, but we shouldn’t fear them, we shouldn’t fret about them, but simply continue to do what God requires of us, speak the truth, carry our crosses, and live with the attitude of Queen Esther and say:
If I perish, I perish.