Pray, Study, Take Action for Religious Freedom

This is a link to the story in our local newspaper about yesterday’s Rally for Religious Freedom OKC. If you have time, take a moment and read the nutso comments of the Christian-revilers. Don’t let their invective make you unhappy or angry. Just take a moment and pray for their conversion. God loves them just as much as He does you or me. He will change them if they let Him.

Oklahoma Catholics, Protestants, Rally for Religious Freedom

Then, resolve to never let nasty-mouthed bullying cow you into silence when it comes to standing up for Jesus. I’m not suggesting that you start fights with the kind of people who verbally harass and attack Christians. In fact, I’m not even suggesting that you go online and argue with them.

There’s a lot to be said for avoiding arguments with people who are not in their right minds. These folks’ comments aren’t so much comments as factually inaccurate sloganeering and slandering. I imagine that if you stood directly in front of one of them while they were spewing this, you’d end up with a face full of the spit that’s coming out with their high-volume verbiage. My guess is that they are mindlessly repeating what they’ve heard and what they say when they’re with people who agree with them.

Since they’re speaking mindlessly, what’s the point in trying to argue with them? They’re not in their right minds. Or at least I hope they’re not. That would be sad.

The point here is that it’s a waste of effort and an exercise in misery to try to talk to anyone when they are behaving like this. So …. don’t.

Here are some suggestions of what you might do instead:

Say a prayer for them and resolve to do at least one thing to help your fellow Christians get their collective heads out of the sand and stand up for Jesus.

Rather than trying to reason with people who sling accusations and bumper-sticker-speak like a gatling gun, invite a couple of your friends from church out for lunch. Bring along some information and enlist them in the fight. Ask them to take two of their friends out of lunch and enlist them.

If you are gifted with words, write a letter to the editor. That will give you the opportunity to state your views intelligently. If your letter gets published, don’t be upset if these same commenters come at the letter with their tripe. Don’t let it bother you if they get personal and ugly. Just concern yourself with getting your message out there. In fact, you might take this as an opportunity to write another letter re-stating your views in a courteous manner. Make the point that you aren’t engaging in ad hominem attacks. You are defending the Lord of all life … Who loves these people who are attacking Him and wants them to come to Him in repentance.

Host a letter-writing party for your Christian friends. Ask everyone there to write all of their elected officials of both parties. Leave no one out, including local officials. Tell them about the HHS Mandate. Say you oppose it.  Ask them to do the same. It’s ok for people to bring their computers and send emails. It’s also ok to write the letters on notebook paper by hand. You are their constituent. It’s their job to listen to you. You don’t need to be eloquent. What matters is that you care enough to write.

I’m deliberately suggesting non-confrontational ways for people to take a stand for Christ. I know that most people haven’t had years of getting publicly attacked for their faith like I have. I know it’s scary at first. But I also know that there is no greater honor than to be called an ugly name for standing up for Jesus. Don’t back down and don’t run and hide when people attack you because of Him. If you do that, you are not only allowing the Christian-haters to take over the public debate, you are cheating yourself of the chance to suffer, in a small way, for Christ.

No matter who you are or what you do for a living, you can do these small things for Jesus.

Remember: Standing up for Jesus is your vocation. It is the vocation of every Christian.

So, pray for a renewal of religious freedom in America and around the world. Study the HHS Mandate so you can talk about it intelligently. And take action by talking about it with your friends and family.

Stand up for Jesus! Do it now and do it every day for the rest of your life!

Photos from Rally for Religious Freedom OKC

Adrianna Gonzalez, co-producer, Test of Fire, introducing the film.

Pastor James Taylor addresses the rally

Representative Rebecca Hamilton, speaking to the rally

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt addresses the rally.

Theresa Collette, professor, University of St Thomas School of Law, addresses the rally.

Rally for Religious Freedom OKC

 
Due to concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad, the Catholic bishops have
called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious
freedom, from June 21 to July 4th.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are answering the call and are organizing a “Rally for
Religious Freedom!” We invite all Christians, our Jewish brothers and sisters, people of other faiths and all
who wish to defend religious freedom!Date and Hours:
- Saturday June 23, 2012
- Starts at 1:00 p.m. (Doors and concessions open at Noon).Admission:
- AdmissionFREE. Donations accepted at arena entrance ($10 suggested donation).
- Seating is general admission.
Location:
- Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Click for map & directionsRally Details:
- Several speakers will address religious liberty, why it is so important to our country, how it is under
threat today and what we can do about it. Speakers include: Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of OKC,
Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Representative Rebecca Hamilton, Pastor Frank Cargill, William Federer,
Prof. Michael Scaperlanda, Prof. Teresa Collett, Steve Ray, Pastor James Taylor, Pastor Ronnie W.
Rogers and more.
- Patriotic music by Mountain Smoke
- Videos on religious freedom
June 23, 2012 – 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cox Convention Center Arena
The First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition
the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Founding Fathers on
Religious Liberty
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or
too often that this great nation was
founded, not by religionists, but by
Christians; not on religions, but on the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very
reason peoples of other faiths have been
afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom
of worship here.” – Patrick Henry
“To obtain religious as well as civil
liberty, I entered zealously into the
Revolution.… God grant that this
religious liberty may be preserved in
these States, to the end of time, and that
all who believe in the religion of Christ
may practice the leading principle of
charity, the basis of every virtue.” -
Charles Carroll
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Please pray for the success of the rally, for religious liberty both here and in other
nations, and for our leaders to be receptive to God’s will. You can support us by
attending the event and with donations to sponsor the cost of the event. Click on the
“Donate” button to help defray the costs.

Fortnight for Freedom OKC

Calling all Oklahomans who believe in religious liberty! 

Rally for Religious Freedom June 23, 2012

Cox Convention Center, OKC


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