There is a raging battle going on between the SECULAR and the SACRED in America. For a while now it seems that the secular has had the upper hand but recently the sacred – namely, an acknowledgement of religious freedom – has scored some victories worth noting.
The First… the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, ruled in favor of a faith-based foster care agency in Philadelphia saying that the state could not disqualify it because their religious beliefs prevented them from working with same-sex couples. The court noted that Catholic Social Services has “long been a point of light in the city’s foster-care system” and that the agency simply wishes to be allowed to “continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs.” This may set a precedent for other states like Massachusetts that forced other faith-based ministries to close their doors.
The Second… Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law mandating that public schools in the Sunshine State have a daily moment of silence. It requires teachers to set aside at least 2-4 minutes each day in the first period of school for a moment of silence. The Governor’s comments about the law were a welcome breath of fresh air. Here is what he said: “It’s important to be able to provide each student the ability, every day, to be able to reflect and to be able to pray (or not pray) as they see fit,” DeSantis said. “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful — I’m sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that.”
American history, before the secular shift of recent years, is replete with times of government leaders calling for prayer: praying to God in faith is an important reminder that even our nation’s success is dependent on the grace of God. . The more secular we have become the less we have relied on what the Almighty can do.
A friend of mine just posted on Facebook the cover of Time Magazine during the “Jesus People Movement” of the 60’s-70’s, featuring an image of Jesus with the words, “The Jesus Revolution.” I was in the army and stationed in Germany at the time, and there I saw a related cover on Life Magazine: hundreds of young people being baptized in the Pacific Ocean. I had planned to re-up my military service at the time, but instead I accepted Christ and chose to come home because I knew my family needed Christ, too.
My friend followed the Facebook post with this question, “Could this happen again?” I don’t know if you can post something vehemently, but if you can, my vehement response was YES! America was birthed by leaders who in the Declaration of Independence, appealed “to the Supreme Judge of the world.” America has surely been blessed in the years since – despite many struggles in between.
Maybe we just need to put our faith into action. Faith is not just believing God can do something. Faith is not just hoping he will do something. Faith is thanking God in advance for what he is going to do.
Let’s ask God for more SACRED victories, believing that he will do it and begin thanking him in advance.
“When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.” Mark 11:24 (GNT)
For Faith & Family in Rhode Island,
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island