Last week, I wrote about our daughter’s 18th birthday, a landmark event in her life. However, this week we celebrated another birthday – mine. This year, I turned a number greater than 50 – and that’s all I’m going to say about that. However, when you get to my age, you often reflect on the many changes that have happened since you were born.
Aside from the more common life changes (school, marriage, children, etc.), I got thinking about some key court decisions regarding religious freedom, family and life issues – Rulings that have happened just in my lifetime.
Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. The Supreme Court struck down voluntary school prayer in 1985. Christian groups on campus were told by the courts in 2010 that they could no longer specify that their leaders to be Christian. The Vermont Supreme Court took the first step toward legalizing same-sex marriage in 1999, followed by Massachusetts in 2004, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. And the list goes on.
There have been wins along the way, as well. In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Christian student clubs meeting at public schools. And just three years ago in the Hobby Lobby case, the high court said closely held businesses could reflect the Christian beliefs of their owners and not be forced to include abortion-causing drugs in employee health-care plans under Obamacare.
These decisions, along with many others, have shaped our country for better or worse, but they also underscore that what happens in the policy and judicial area impacts all of us.
So, what does this mean for you and your duty to exercise biblical citizenship? First, we all need to be informed. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota takes that responsibility seriously, and we are committed to keeping you informed on landmark policy issues as they arise.
Second, we need to be involved as individuals. When it’s time to vote, we need to make God-honoring decisions in the polling booth. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota has resources that can help in making these critical choices. In addition to voting, we also need to stay in touch with our lawmakers here in North Dakota and in Congress to make sure our voice is heard on important issues.
Finally, we need to work together as a movement to effect change. Creating a movement of like-minded Christians that exercise our faith in the public arena is a key component of what we at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota are striving to achieve.
Won’t you consider helping us accomplish these critical goals? We must do this together to be successful! Thank you for your commitment to shape our country and state into one based on Christian principles.