Religious Freedom

A Letter to Georgia from Rev. James Harrison Nixon

 

Corporations are threatening to leave or boycott the state of Georgia due a bill from the Senate that is aimed to protect the Religious Freedom. This is a needed bill because of the attacks that we have seen come at the hands of secular society on the freedoms of beliefs on Christians in our nation. If you think it is fair for a flower shop owner to refuse service to person because their belief is different and then the other party sues and wins is fair, you are practicing an un-American thought pattern. For years a business could refuse service to a person or persons for any reason and any cause without judgment now it seems that in the court of public opinion that Christians do not have this right and that Christians must do everything. I have to side with the Bible on this one and say that as a Christian we cannot take part in the things that are wicked and would refuse to take part in the ceremony and that should be respected as I would not try and stop you from doing your plans in anyway.

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,”

(2 John 1:10 ESV)

Yet secular groups and corporations are trying to force their ideas and opinions onto us by threatening financial attacks if the bill is passed. I do agree this is a bill that should have never been, because we should have never gotten to the point we needed this bill. The United States was founded with Christian values the fact that you can openly worship any religion or not worship any religion is a testimony to this. It is a shame though that to say you’re a Christian almost labels you a social pariah in today’s society, yet Jesus told us that this was going to happen (Matthew 24:9). I do not think we should back down though from the pressures of the corporate institutes that temporally bring money to the economy over those that have a permanent mark in our communities. Sen. Josh McKoon and his supporters on this bill have placed a good fight and continue to do so, I personally stand with him on this bill and will continue to show my support on this bill through the end, because no one should have to live in fear of being sued because of their beliefs.

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

(1 Peter 2:13-16 ESV)

I pray that our State Leaders in Georgia make the right decision and pass this bill to protect the religious institutions. At the same notion I hope that those that oppose the bill can see why the supporters are calling for the Religious Freedom bill. Again this bill is not a bill of hatred but a bill of protection. Set to protect from radical lawsuits that are imposing on the ideas of constitutional freedoms.

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