Standing for Religious Freedom
Charlotte, NC – In order for our nation to stand strong, men and women of conviction must be willing to stand for religious freedom and “the free exercise thereof” when it is convenient and when it is not. When we do this, we may find a struggle on our hands, yet we’ll also find ourselves working to support the same themes our nation’s Founding Fathers pursued that made our country great.
How can we hope to see God at work in our lives and our nation? It is not through our own strength, but through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is not a mere force that influences us. As the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit is eternal (Hebrews 9: 14), omnipresent (Psalm 139: 7), and omniscient (1 Corinthians 2:10). He is a creator (Psalm 104: 30) who acts in power (1 Corinthians 12: 11), gives life (Romans 8:10– 11), and strengthens believers (Ephesians 3:16).
A. W. Tozer, a Christian leader who died in the 1960s, wrote, “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.” The Holy Spirit serves as the key to the current famine in the family and in the church.
Finally, the course of our nation is based upon the lives of the individual members of each family. If we wish to change our nation, it must begin with a passionate pursuit of the Lord in our own lives. Let’s call out to Him today. James wrote, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (4:7– 8 NKJV). This promise is true for your life, the lives of those in your family, and the hearts of those across our nation who long to see God at work in them.
Jason is a worldview expert that specializes in cultural, philosophical, theological, and religious issues, and speaks on popular topics, such as: religious freedom, ISIS, Islam, same-sex marriage, America’s Christian heritage, the reliability of the Bible, biblical leadership, and many more. Jason conducts numerous interviews in the media, and has appeared on CBS Radio, the Christian Post, World Net Daily (WND), Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and Sky News. Jason’s latest book, “Stand Strong America: Courage, Freedom, and Hope for Tomorrow,” coauthored with Alex McFarland, offers a vision of hope in the midst of great uncertainty and fear in America.