Wonder of Wonders: Good News from Government and the Supreme Court!

Barb Wire

We interrupt this week to bring you good news, from of all places, the government. Go figure.

The “cake case” ruling at the Supreme Court is a wonderful acknowledgment of the God-given AND constitutional right to practice our religious faith. It also underscores that even liberals on the high court recognize the evil inherent in government’s hostility toward Christianity.

As Justice Kennedy, a champion of same-sex marriage, put it, the government “exhibited clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs” of Christian cake-maker Jack Phillips.

Many have noted that the underlying conflict wasn’t resolved by Monday’s ruling. Someday, as Kennedy said, the court must weigh protecting the “rights and dignity of gay persons” against “the right of all persons to exercise fundamental freedoms under the First Amendment,” namely both “the freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.”

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Abstractions like “dignity” are vague and almost always in the eye of the beholder. But God finds nothing dignifying about sin. The government has perverted the concept of dignity by normalizing the abnormal and calling sinful acts something good.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” – Isaiah 5:20 applies.

In contrast, the God-given right to worship and speak are concrete and fundamental, not mere abstractions “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” And they are protected by the Constitution explicitly. Pray that in the next case on the matter, the court recognizes the vast difference.

I recommend you read today’s Break Point on the subject, which concisely delineates the points and what’s at stake:

http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/06/breakpoint-jack-phillips-and-religious-freedom-prevail/

I also recommend you be in prayer, as God advised His people in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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Mark Landsbaum
Mark Landsbaum is a Christian husband, father, grandfather and journalist who has written for a living for 43 years, ever since discovering he had no particular talents. He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin, and in the archives of the Orange County Register where he wrote another column for 10 years. He can be reached at Mark.Landsbaum@gmail.com.

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