Friday, April 3, 2015

Standing for Liberty

The recently enacted “Indiana Religious Freedom Law” has caused all manner of controversy. The Indianapolis Star summarizes the confusing text of the law thusly: “The religious freedom law says the government cannot intrude on a person's religious liberty unless it can prove a compelling interest in imposing that burden and do so in the least restrictive way” (emphasis added). So, government cannot impose upon your deeply held religious convictions, unless it determines that it has an interest to do so. In essence, you are free to hold your religious convictions unless government decides that you are not. The law means absolutely nothing and accomplishes absolutely nothing. 

One conservative political commentator called for us to “Stand with Indiana.” That’s a difficult thing to do when Indiana’s governor and legislators are explaining, backtracking and retreating as fast as they can. How can one “Stand with Indiana” when it is apparent that Indiana and its leaders have no idea where they stand? Indeed the politicians in Indiana have already modified the law to specifically prohibit a business from denying service to sodomites. So now a meaningless law has been made a positively evil one. 

The essential issue is not religious liberty or discrimination against sodomites. It is human liberty and human rights. Man is created in the image of God. In the realm of human affairs, a man possesses ownership of his own person and is he entitled to the fruits of his own labor. To require that a man labor on the behalf of another when it is contrary to his own will is nothing less than slavery. 

If the owner of a restaurant does not wish to serve blacks, he is perfectly within his rights to do so. If a Black congregation determines that it does not wish to admit Whites to its services, they have an absolute right to do so. Should a Christian baker not wish to lend his talents to baking a cake for a sodomite sham marriage, he should not be compelled to do so. The rights of free association and of the control of one’s own labor and property are fundamental human rights, in spite of tyrannical human laws to the contrary. 

Many corporations, governments and organizations went on record as opposing the Indiana law. As a lover of liberty, I will avoid interaction with these self-avowed thought-tyrants and enemies of liberty. Prominent amongst these entities were most major sports organizations. 

I’ve been a race fan since I was a kid, but I’m done with NASCAR. Likewise the NFL, the NCAA, IndyCar, etc.

Unfortunately, many folks in the liberty movement and many Christians consider sports to be more important than liberty and/or Christian convictions. So the masses will continue to be occupied with “bread and the circuses” as their liberties vanish into thin air.

 As the Roman poet, Juvenal noted: 
… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses. -- Juvenal

I believe that this country is finished. The Apostle Paul notes in Romans 1:18-32 that sodomy is the judgment of God upon a people. It does not bring God’s judgment -- it IS God’s judgment. Amerika is already under the judgment of God. I do not, however, intend to go quietly into the night of Amerikan tyranny. I believe that the Lord would have me to resist the surrounding evil until He is pleased to take call me home.


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