first amendment

A reaction to an encounter.

In this article is a link to a video. A video that shows the reality of today. It shows the consequences of someone not raised Biblically against those that that were.
First you will notice the age differences physically, then you will quickly see the maturity mentally.
The first thing that came to my mind was Proverbs 13:24
“Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them..”
Now here someone will say: “Hate them? That is a lie, I don’t hate my children because I don’t discipline them.”
I will say look at this young man in this video and say that. It is obvious to those that have raised children that this “child” was never disciplined, and in fact was catered too. If he didn’t get his way he would throw a temper tantrum, which is exactly what you are witnessing in this video. Not only this, but when not disciplining a child the parent is determining how the child’s eternal fate may turn out. If they live a live that does nothing but coddle to them they end up selfish and self-serving which is totally counter the Bible. That being said and since most like this deny the Bible will reject this statement I have just made. But for those like myself that acknowledge that the Bible is fact understand that there is an eternal life. In fact scientist fully acknowledge that the “consciousness” does continue beyond the point that the human body ceases to function. Simply the soul is real and if the soul is real so is eternal life and if there is eternal life of the soul after the death of the body then it can be said there is a heaven and a hades. There is eternal life in the service of God and there is the pit of fire where those that deny there is a God will find themselves due to their selfish and self-serving ways in. This is why those that do not discipline their child hate them for they are sending to the pit of fire.
Now when this “child” attacked the pastor first off he just committed a crime the moment he violently touched him. Now was the actions of “Mark” correct? Yes and no. Mark’s actions was to defend his pastor, his fellow Christian, and most importantly his fellow CITIZEN from being assault. But notice the “child’s” reaction. He was expecting not to be interfered with. He even threw out the phase “YOU CALL YOURSELVES CHRSTIANS!!!”
Now you need to understand something. You are dealing with Americans and Christians. This is the same thing that the British didn’t understand in the 1700s. Just because we are Christian we understand how to respect, for we are taught to respect, unlike how this “child” was taught. As Americans we understand freedom and most importantly FREEDOM OF RELIGION.
Matthew 7:12 – Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
Romans 12:10 – Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Philippians 2:3 – Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
1 Peter 2:17 – Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.
First Amendment – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now that I have placed the first amendment here. Let’s break down what was broken by the “child” and what was supported by the Christians.
Broken by the “child” – he abridged the freedom of speech
Abridge – curtail – reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on.
The “child” found the sign offensive and violently wished to have it removed from his sight. This is against the first amendment.
The “child” was not allowing the right of people to peaceably assemble.
The “child” did not petition the government about his grievances. Simply he didn’t call the police due to his grievance with the sign the pastor held.
Now the pastor showed true Christian values through this entire encounter and even showed love for this enemy that being the “child.”
Do I blame “Mark” for his action mostly I do not. It is coming upon that time when people will start to see why American Christians are a force not to push too far for when they do they shall see something that has not been seen since World War II. The pursuit of happiness is not limited to the selfish it is for all. America is a Christian nation. It was truly founded by those that wish to freely worship God. You threaten that freedom as was threatened in the 1700s then history most likely will repeat itself. If this does happen the “children” within this nation will find themselves lacking in the will and fortitude required. A fortitude that was instilled within Christians for they were disciplined when they grew up and know that temper tantrums result in nothing but the “child” ending up crying in the end.

The misconception of “politicizing” religion

There has been fallacy built since the 1960s that has now firmly entrenched itself into those in power within the Body of Christ. To start to breakdown this error we need to look to the First Amendment of the Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The government can make no laws in the “establishment” (the act or an instance of establishing.) [making] of a religion.
Neither can the government prohibit (to forbid the action of) the free exercise thereof.
So clearly we can practice our faith and the government cannot interfere with said practice.
Now look at this verse:
Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Now we all concede that mammon is money. Now since money is behind all that happens especially in politics. We cannot serve the desires of politicians and God, but we can influence through our right to vote who we serve. If our masters are the politicians then we should follow what they say and do as they do. But that is not what Christians are called to do. We are called to follow God. Does this mean we should never vote? By all means no. It means the total opposite.
Proverbs 3:6 – In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
So we are directed by God in all our ways which includes politics and He shall tell us who to vote for.
This means we must follow everything that the Bible directs us to do within it. For example:
Matthew 10:33 – But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
So if a group or person denies Jesus then Jesus shall deny them to God. So why would you support a group or person that denies God? There is a group that officially denies God at this time. It is the Democratic Party. Go ahead read it. Show me one time you find the word “God” mentioned.
This fact alone says any that call themselves “Christian” cannot vote for a democrat yet many do and in returning they are denying Christ unto His Father.
Any that argue that Christianity and politics do not belong together is not following the true meaning of the Bible and it purpose to guide all away from sin. How can you be led away from sin when you encourage the removal of God from the ballot box and in essence allow sin to reign over God?
We are told that me must seek out the kingdom of Heaven and righteousness. We are to do this first and foremost in ALL that we do. This includes the ballot box.
Those that say otherwise are falling for the propaganda placed out there by those that have twisted the First Amendment to state that religion has no place in government when it is the total opposite that is true. Government has no place in religion, but that does not mean religion has no place in government. If that were so then why even bother to open the senate and congress with prayer? Also Senators and Congressmen quote from the Bible all the time while they are on the floor.
Now if you do not like that the two parties are corrupt then per the Bible and if we are to seek out the kingdom of God and to be righteous then should we not remove those that do not seek the kingdom of God and are not righteous? The answer is a resounding YES! So again we come back to placing religion into politics.
Simply put per the First Amendment the government cannot make a religion but a religion has the right to change the government since the government cannot interfere in the practices of any religion which includes addressing issues that fall within the political domain. So in turn can influence change within the political arena for the good of all especially when seeking the kingdom of God and righteousness.
As a final note for those post. In Romans 12 it states that each part of the Body of Christ has its own tasks and duties to perform. I fully support the endeavors and actions of those other with their own tasks throughout the body. Many though have forgot this little bit of scripture and think that the main duty of the Body is to add more to it. As I stated above this is all fine and good and I support it, but they must remember that there are other parts of the Body with their own tasks assigned unto them by Christ. Below find the verses of this book:
Romans 12: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
One group that is forgot is the “exhorter” to exhort means: 1. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently. 2. to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.
Many forget that it is required and is a legitimate part of the Body of Christ for someone to do this task. For it is important as the last verse states not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome it with good.

The moral focal point (separation between church and state and the act of the government trying to make a law affecting the church)

This is an item of huge debate. When watching the movie “God is not Dead” this point was taken up in the last part of the students debates to prove that there is a God.
It is this discussion that I wish to say a few things about.
The point came up that if there is no God then there is no need for morality, but if there is no need for morality what will be the result? When you truly think upon it there is only one conclusion: Anarchy!
For without morals you are free to cheat, to steal, to murder, to rape, to commit genocide if you so desire, because there is no need for any laws of any type. Why? Because laws in most countries came from the Bible. It is from those instructions that was given unto Moses upon Mount Sinai that all law that we now have today goes by. Now before we go further one clear misconception must be addressed. Moses did not come down with just 10 commandments but ALL the laws given in Exodus and Leviticus, from how to make the Ark of the Covenant to not tattooing your skin.
We are now at a crossroads. A crossroads that is being debated amongst nine people that are supposed to be learned people. This issue they are debating would affect how things have been done since after the time of Abraham. What is even more important is that this actually challenges the first amendment of the constitution. (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof).
Now why do I say after, because what is being debated was done and allowed in and before Abraham. The world at this time was chaotic and dangerous to all. Why? Because there was no laws. Anarchy reigned free and allowed crime after crime and sin after sin to be and to cause nothing but trouble for all.
God sought out a good man and only found one truly worthy of His desires for the world and that was Abraham. From him came Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all followed laws. Laws that were given unto them by God as a way to end the anarchy, chaos and destruction. Why? For if it continued there would be no human race at all, for our ancestors would have killed each other leaving none alive and we would not be where we are today.
To change this basic principle that only a man can marry a woman and only that is considered a holy union under God is asking us to return to the was of the times of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities about them thus crossing the line into religion. We are inviting the legalization of all type of depravity, just by changing this one definition of God laws we are saying that man is greater than God. Once this is done then the human race has sealed it judgment before God and His wrath will soon follow. Will it follow the day after this law changes? No. Will it be in a week a month? No, but it will come and it would be the anarchy that those that do not wish to follow the moral focal point given unto all. Then they will learn that it was needed and that God IS real and they will not like what they will discover in the time of anarchy to come. For those that thought themselves made free will find they are captives to their own sins.
(SUGGESTION: Remove the term “Marriage” form the government side of the issue. Call it a contractual partnership between two people this makes it legal per the government and keeps it separate form religion which dictates that a marriage is between a man and a woman as is dictated within all religions.)

Do not fear being a Christian

For too long those that call themselves “Christian” have stood silent as those that oppose and even hate God have made their presence very well known. The latest example is in Indiana where the governor signed a law reinforcing the first amendment of the Constitution. In a fever pitched rage they shouted that their rights were being violated yet they are violating everyone’s rights by their insistence that they are better than anyone else. We are all equal no matter our color, creed or ethnicity and yes the right to live in sin or not.
Yet the “Christian” community for which this law was meant to help set silent in the wings saying nothing for the most part. This is not how it should be. Do not fear those that shout and say you are phobic or evil for as Christians we know what is right in the sight of God. We are the ones that are to defend God. Why? Because it is a way for God to challenge us on where we stand with our faith in Him. When you set silently you call Him a paper God, nothing more then what those that hate Him believe. You reaffirm their believes by your silence.
End the silence and cheer for God. End the war of hatred for God and be willing to stand in public and say and ACT like a Christian should.

What constitutes the free exercise of religion?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Exercise – a putting into action, use, operation, or effect:

Per the first amendment, Congress (i.e. the government) cannot impose any law that blocks the free exercise (practice) of religion.
Now it states religion, which can mean any religion. That can mean Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hindi, so forth and so on.
This means that if someone states per religious reasons that they cannot do something that violates said religion, then the government cannot force them to go against their believes, per the first amendment.
Yet that is what is being done.
The sin called homosexuality is just that a sin. To force a religion that says it is not a sin is a violation of the first amendment.
If someone wishes to live a sinful live that is his or her choice, but to try to force a religion to condone said sin is again a violation of the first amendment.
Those that truly follow Christianity do not turn their backs on the people living in sin, but we should not be force to say that something we consider bad for the person to be good.
We do not hate the person committing the sin. We condemn the sin itself. We ask that you do not continue to live in this sin, for we only wish what is best for you. There is really going to be an eternal life. ALL are promised to have immortal bodies, but not all are promised to live in happiness. Those that follow the teaching of Christ and the Bible believe in the White Throne Judgment. This happens after the thousand-year reign of Christ upon earth. This is post rapture and post Armageddon. At this time those that lived righteous lives without knowing of the existence of God or the salvation promised by Christ upon the cross, will find that their mere actions will most likely gain them access to God and His Son.
It is those that know of God and His Son that deny Them both, or live in sin will at this time find it the hardest to get past God’s judgment. Of these most will fail and it will be by their own doing. On Mount Sinai God did not just hand down stone tablets with ten rules. He gave a huge list of laws and rules to follow.
One of these is that men shall not lie with other men as if they lie with women. The same is said of women. These are laws given by God. These are sins. To force those that believe this to accept your life choice is wrong. If you wish to live in this sin, go right ahead it is not my job or place to stop you if you do not wish to listen. It is also not your job or place to stop us from believing it to be true.
Do not think that by forcing your way into our Churches you are getting God to condone or approve of your choice. This is the furthest thing from the truth, but as I said, I am not here to force you to stop living in this sin unless you are willing to acknowledge what is written in the Bible. I am here to shine the light of God upon you and tell you that what you are doing is wrong and can lead you to standing before the Great White Throne. This is not where I wish to see. I would rather you be in the court audience. Watching as all the actions of someone’s life pass before all to see and witness.
One time someone said to me. If no one would know, would you commit a homosexual act for $5,000,000 dollars? I said no. He could not believe me and kept pressing me. I said God would know. Not only will God know but also EVERYONE will know. I am in no way perfect, but I will not give in to sin even for money. For your soul is more important to me then money ever could be and the glories of an eternal life that will allow us to explore all the creation of God is more rewarding then paper made by man. Give me what God creates, for He created the entire universe.