Senator and Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio turned some heads on the Left recently by saying we should obey God rather than men.
The fact that such a simple statement would provoke controversy at all signals just how far our freedoms have already slipped.
What Rubio said is nothing new. It is what nearly every Christian — and people of every major religion — have believed for two millenia:
In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally violate and sin — violate God’s law and sin — if we’re ordered to stop preaching the Gospel, if we’re ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it, we are called to ignore that…. So when those two come into conflict, God’s rules always win.
This isn’t the first time Rubio’s made such statements, and I hope it won’t be the last.
I’m not ignoring the political motivations behind his comments as he tries to attract the evangelical vote.
But the truth remains.
“We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
Anthony Kennedy’s melodramatic ruling abolishing marriage doesn’t change the moral fabric of the universe any more than having a climate change meeting in Paris sends jihadists a super-scary message.
It is the height of irony that I write these words on Thanksgiving Day in the US, a day originally set aside to celebrate God’s blessings on our nation’s founders as they pursued the freedom to believe.
Our freedom of conscience is our first freedom. It is the freedom on which all other freedoms stand.
If the government can force us to violate our conscience and endorse behavior considered to be sin by every major religion, they have replaced God as the ultimate authority in our lives.
Now is the time to get clear on what you believe, because you will be made to choose.
Sooner rather than later, you will be made to care.