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These days the world, media, and various groups speak loudly about their specific agendas. That's fine with me. But I’m tired of hearing that if Christians speak they are called intolerant haters. Whoa! It’s time to Speak Up!

I hate no one. Not the Gay person. Not the Atheist. Not the Evolutionist. Not the Pagan. Not the Abortionist. . . . . Feel free to name it. . . .
Nor do I judge anyone. There is Only One Righteous Judge and I'm not it nor are you.

“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.

This Atheist says it better than I can.
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.”

I do not judge but I do take issue with sin.
What is sin, transgressions and iniquities you may ask?
It is doing things our own way.

Isaiah explains very simply.
"All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the lord laid on him the sins of us all. (Isaiah 53:6 NLT)"
"Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."(Isaiah 55:7-9 NLT)

The world says, there are no standards. "If it feels good do it." "It's about my rights not yours". The problem is this: everyone draws their own line about what is right or wrong. Thus every person is acknowledging there is a standard to live by. Of course this becomes confusing, and creates chaos, name calling, hatred, and every hurtful thing because few agree on what is actually good and bad. Those who do agree become a group of people who 'bully" those who disagree. Do you see why I quote the Atheist above?

Because I'm a Christian life has become so much simpler. I believe in God thus I believe His Word is The Ultimate Truth by which I live. When I fail, and I do, I thank Him for the forgiveness He gives me because of His Son Jesus Christ.

I hope this will help you to understand the reason for my posts. It's Time To speak Up.

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  • FREED Speaks Up
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  • 2009/03/16 11:11:00
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