I’ve focused on religious liberty recently, and have a little more to say about it – especially since we’re shipping the first orders of “The Wandering Day” today.
I want to share a passage from an article by Mark A. Kellner that appeared in the
on Thursday, September 8 – a week ago.
"The chairman of the
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
said that 'religious freedom' and 'religious liberty' have become merely 'code words' for intolerance, 'Christian supremacy' and committing every form of identity-politics sin, and thus they must yield before anti-discrimination laws.
The remarks, released Thursday in a
on 'Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,' is the latest example of an increasingly hostile reception in liberal circles to one of the six specified rights at the core of the First Amendment — the 'free exercise' of religion.”
To hear these words right from the top is surprising, but we have felt the drift already. It reminds me of a well-known line from the pen of Ellen White: “Our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and Republican government....” The context of the quote is the influence of an unholy end-time religious alliance. We never expected our liberties to be challenged by, of all things, gender issues!
But so it is. Christians are a sore thumb, unwilling to submit, accused of being intolerant, racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and discriminatory because the conscience exemptions to the civil rights laws that we ask for “significantly infringe” on the civil rights of those claiming protection on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity.
I believe that much of society's "push-back" against religion is due to an outrageous misrepresentation of God's character, exacerbated by the fact that many so-called "Christians" are ready to judge and condemn others in the name of the God they think they know. The world needs a genuine revelation of God, His love for sinners and His plan for the eternal future. Such a revelation can best be expressed in the lives of loving and lovable Christians. And there are tools available to help communicate the truth about God. You might find that our film, "Hell and Mr. Fudge," can be a blessing for family and friends who need a new "take" on God.
The anti-discrimination challenge to our freedoms is just another twist on the old idea that an individual's rights must yield to the standards of the larger society. It is an echo of the Calendar Reform crisis depicted in "The Wandering Day." Back in that era – the 1930s – Sabbath keepers had an opportunity to focus international attention on the biblical principle of Sabbath observance.
Perhaps the current and future threats to religious liberty will offer us new opportunities to shine a light on truth.
Thank you for your interest and support. I pray you will be enlightened by “The Wandering Day.”