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Give Me Liberty…
An Atheist speaks truth to power
By Dave Ficere
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?” – Thomas Jefferson, 1781
The liberties so passionately spoken of by Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers and codified in the Declaration of Independence are under attack in 21st century America. Freedoms Americans have enjoyed since the founding of this great nation are being redefined—and in some cases thrown out altogether—to such an extent that even those not sympathetic to Christianity or religion in general are noticing.
In an article titled “An Atheist’s Case For Religious Liberty,” in The Federalist, Robert Tracinski put it this way:
“I am an atheist…yet I consider the current campaign against religious liberty—the attempt to coerce Christians into providing service to gay weddings or to provide abortifacient drugs to their employees, against the dictates of their faith—to be a deep cultural crisis. The sight of a bully using a club to force someone else to violate his conscience,” Tracinski notes, “is inherently repugnant.” History, Tracinski continues, “shows that the only way to fight for freedom of thought is to defend it early, when it comes under threat for others—even people you strongly disagree with.”
Tracinski points to the left’s campaign against Arizona’s religious liberty law and in the Supreme Court hearings in the Hobby Lobby case to make his point about tolerance.
“The test of tolerance isn’t how you treat the people you agree with. It’s recognizing the freedom of people who don’t share your values and principles.” The current campaign, he writes, “is built around a refusal to accept those who don’t share the values and principles of the secular left. It’s not merely a refusal to accept their liberty. It’s a refusal to accept their very existence.”
The loss of religious liberty isn’t just confined to the political left. According to research provided by the Congressional Prayer Caucus, cities are also restricting religious liberties.
Recently, a federal appeals panel ruled that New York City can bar religious groups from holding services in school buildings. According to The New York Times, the ruling reverses a lower-court decision that has been part of a two-decade long legal battle. The ruling, the Times notes, is “seen as significant because it addressed a further challenge in which a church claimed that the city’s policy violated its religious liberty rights.”
So what is the future of religious liberty in the United States? Will the nation continue along what Tracinski calls a troubling trend “that Christians may have a private right to religious liberty, but they give that up when they start a business and enter the ‘commercial sphere?’”
Most importantly, what can you do to ensure that America’s cherished liberties continue?
The answer: Pray and Vote
A huge swath of voters—estimated at between two and three million—simply stayed home and didn’t vote in the November, 2012, presidential election. Andrew McCarthy, writing in The National Review summed it up this way:
“While Republican leaders cried, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime,’ the country yawned.”
This November the nation again has a chance to change the political landscape in Washington, DC, as well as at the state and local levels. You can pray and help elect leaders who will stand for America’s religious liberties; freedoms that millions have fought and died for.
Pray today that God will continue to bless the United States and that He will raise up a new generation of leaders who will stand up for liberty. Pray, as well, that those who name Christ as Lord and Savior will care enough to participate in the voting privilege God allows Americans to exercise.
“We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this,” Benjamin Franklin told the Constitutional Convention in 1787, adding the famous refrain “God governs in the affairs of man.”
May it never be said that you were one guilty of yawning and staying home from the 2014 Mid-term elections and beyond. America needs you!
Dave Ficere’s articles and writing have been featured in a wide array of media including radio promotions, devotional publications, websites, magazines and newsletters. The owner of his own writing business, Dave is married to Patt and lives in Phoenix, AZ.
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PRAYER 101 LESSONS
Motivate Yourself to Pray
Four things you need to know to motivate yourself to pray:
Lesson 1 – Prayer is loving communication with God
Lesson 2 – You Speak; He Speaks
Lesson 3 – God listens and responds
Lesson 4 – Lack of prayer causes problems
Sovereignty of God in Prayers
Five-part series examining the sovereignty of God and how it relates to your prayers for the nation and its leaders.
Lesson 1 – The Sovereignty of God defined
Lesson 2 – How Prayer connects Earth and Heaven
Lesson 3 – Your Prayer help wage the battle
Lesson 4 – Praying for the lost
Lesson 5 – Praying for the salvation of others
Understanding Who God Is:
Four Characteristics of God Related to Prayer
Lesson 1 – His omnipotence – He is all-powerful
Lesson 2 - His omniscience – He is all-knowing
Lesson 3 – His omnipresence – He is all-present
Lesson 4 – He is love – all the time
The ACTS Model of Prayer
Helpful tool of the ACTS model of prayer (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication):
Lesson 1 – Adoration
Lesson 2 – Confession
Lesson 3 – Thanksgiving
Lesson 4 – Supplication
What Jesus Revealed Concerning Prayer
Five important concepts Jesus’ actions and teachings reveal concerning prayer and the Christian’s relationship with God:
Lesson 1 – What Christ says about prayer
Lesson 2 – How the Holy Spirit guides and comforts you
Lesson 3 – Why and How Jesus Prayed
Lesson 4 – The power of confession and forgiveness
Lesson 5 – Lessons and benefits of the Lord’s prayer
Creative Ways to Pray as a Family
Lesson 1 - Kids Included
Lesson 2 - Dynamic Duo
Worship in Prayer
Lesson 1 - Worship defined – and how it motivates prayer
Lesson 2 - Meeting With Your Creator – Prayer changes you more than you know