Friday, March 13, 2009
Freedom Friday 03.13.09
Principal #2 - I believe in God and He is the center of my life.
Did you happen to catch this headline the other day?
"15 % of Americans Claim No Religion At All."
This is acccording to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) released on March 10, 2009. While it seems disturbing, let's think about what it also indicates...85% of Americans DO believe in God or at least some kind of higher power.
Now we can argue differences in theology, doctrine or denomination or whether my God and your God are one and the same but that's a different conversation. Let's focus on our common ground: Most of us believe in a Creator. Our founders called this 'Nature's God.' You see, they knew that they could never agree on just one interpretation of God or just one theology. But they also knew that it was absolutely imperative that for this kind of government to work, the people had to be capable of self-governance. This self-governance depends upon the morals and values of the people. We derive our sense of morality and values from our belief in God.
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams, October 11, 1798
As people of faith, we must stand together. ALL faiths, denominations and doctrines. We must put aside our differences and quit attacking each other. God is under attack in our society and we are fighting for the soul of our country.
This week there was a bill proposal brought before the Connecticut Judiciary Committee that would have taken control of the Catholic Church's property and financial management away from the church leaders and given control to the State of Connecticut.
Let that sink in for a minute.
A bill was proposed that would have given control of the church to the state.
Fortunately, the bill was killed due to the uproar it caused in the religious community. And if you've been reading this and thinking to yourself, "I'm not Catholic, I'm a Baptist (or Methodist, Prebyterian or Jewish) so what do I care?" then you, my friend, need to wake up. An assault on religion, ANY religion, is an assault on your religion. If this bill had passed, how long do you think it would be before another legislator decided that since this bill had set a precedent it might also work for the state to take over the Southern Baptist Convention, etc.?
Please, be aware of what's going on around you. We may not be of this world, but we do live in it.