posted on July 20, 2014 00:01
Romans 8:5-7 — For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
What does “the free exercise of religion” mean? Specifically, I’m referring to that phrase in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The “Bill of Rights”, containing the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, was adopted in 1791.
Early this month, the President of a small Christian College (Gordon College) in Wenham, MA, was one of 14 signers, who sent President Obama a letter. The President is preparing an executive order to all Federal Contractors regarding LGBT (an acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered”) employment policies. The letter asked the President to include a religious exemption in his executive order that would not automatically disqualify any organization that does not hire LGBT people from all Federal contracts.
It requests that Christian Colleges not be required to hire gay people in order to receive student loan funds, for example. This, of course, caused outrage in the gay press. I got thinking about the meaning of “free exercise of religion” clause and about how people could twist that concept and those words to mean a hiring requirement.
They want their own way, no matter the cost and they believe that we want our own way, no matter the cost. As Christians, however, we don’t. We want what God wants, no matter the cost. We want His way – the narrow way – in every aspect of our lives, not just on Sundays.
There is no way that they can understand this because they’re not spiritually minded. It’s like asking a 3-year old about driving rules. However, we must respond as Jesus did with sinners – gently, kindly, and lovingly but never compromise the truth or fail to address issues. We need to realize that due to their spiritual condition, they cannot get what Christianity is about and that we must love them and pray for them all the more (see Matthew 5:44). This week, find somebody who really doesn’t understand who Jesus is and love them!