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Monday, February 1, 2016

God, you reign

There's a lot of uproar about this new religious freedom bill or civil rights bill, or whatever it's technically called. So many people picking sides and attacking viewpoints or just hiding in the corner until it all blows over. I'm not gonna lie, I'd like to be one of those people who huddles out of sight in the corner.

But if I'm going to be a good citizen, I'll formulate my own opinion.

As a Christian, I do not believe that the LGBT movement is biblically sound. But hear me out: that does not mean that I find LGBT individuals unworthy or less than humans. I am still going to love them regardless. You don't agree with all of your friends on everything right?

I didn't think so.

It's normal to disagree with people. It's part of what builds character and maturity in individuals. Disagreeing is NOT the same as bullying, but that's a different conversation for another day.

However, everyone believes in something. Am I right? Even if you don't believe that there is a God who holds the universe in His hands, then that is the truth you hold to. Everyone has faith in something, even if that something is that there is no one to have faith in. Everyone holds to religion in some fashion.

So shouldn't we all care about religious freedom?

I don't claim to understand to understand all that this Religious Freedom Restoration Act repeal or amendment is all about. I've tried to read it, honest I have! So keep that in mind as you read this. Remember, I'm human. I don't know everything. And I will freely admit that.

From what I understand, whatever is actually happening to this bill could limit the religious freedom of organizations, including higher education. If that is true, doesn't that sound backwards?

No really, stick with me.

If my university, as a Christian organization, is penalized and condemned for sticking to our religious beliefs or disagreeing with the views of others, then aren't we technically being discriminated against? That's how the LGBT community feels right? (If I am wrong, I apologize!) (I also apologize that you feel that way. People sadden me sometimes...) Fighting fire with fire never really gets us anywhere. Because instead of "winning" the battle of granting freedom to a specific group of people, you will have subjected another group of people to the same treatment. And swapping places doesn't really solve any problems.

There is so much more to life than singling people or groups out because they believe differently. I wish we could just love people. Have friendly debates and arguments. Grow in our knowledge. Wouldn't that be nice?

But you know what??? It is finished! It is done! God has won the war over this world and over sin and no matter what happens, he reigns.

So I will rejoice. Even if I feel that my "religious freedom" is taken away, my true freedom comes from Christ and the sacrifice he made to save me from my sin. He saved me a life in bondage to myself. I am free because He died and rose again. I am free because he lives. I will proclaim that no matter what the outcome is.

Man has no control over my freedom. Freedom is a God-made idea. He will win every single time.