Come to think of it, that five letter word is unwelcome almost everywhere. School. Office. Government. University. Entertainment. Neighborhood. Car bumpers. Key chains.
A North Carolina pastor was relieved of his duties as an honorary chaplain of the state house of representatives after he closed a prayer by invoking the name of Jesus.
“I got fired,” said Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week but his tenure was cut short when he refused to remove the name Jesus from his invocation.
[...] Baity said he’s not happy with the way he was treated.
“When the state tells you how to pray, that you cannot use the name of Jesus – that’s mandating a state religion,” he said. “They talk about not offending other people but at the same time, if they are telling me how to pray – that’s the very thing our forefathers left England for.”
The Christian Law Association helped Baity draft a letter asking for an apology and an opportunity to return to the state capitol and finish his tenure.
“The First Amendment promises all Americans the free exercise of their religion, which includes the right to pray as their faith requires, even when they are invited to open state legislative sessions with prayer,” attorney David Gibbs told WXII-TV. “We trust that the North Carolina House of Representatives will realize its mistake and will offer Pastor Baity another opportunity to pray without requiring him to use a prayer that is mandated by government.”
Baity said he is still stunned by what happened.
“You would expect this somewhere else – Cuba, Saudi Arabia,” he told FOX News Radio. “You would never anticipate this happening in the United States of America.”
Rev. Ron Baity is the founder of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. The church will celebrate 30 years of worship in November. In today's irreligious national climate, where faith in something other than yourself is considered a weakness instead of a virtue, that is a milestone indeed.
Other curiosities come to mind:
- A California school district is adding The Bible as a literature elective for high school seniors. Perhaps to assuage the main-lining of Islam via "diversity" pushed onto all students, everywhere.
- The debate stirred about whether those he has bashed relentlessly should pray for an avowed atheist who has publicly revealed his battle with cancer.
- Pulpits used to spew hate instead of healing.
- UI professor of Catholic studies loses his job over explaining some tenets of the Catholic faith to students in his class on (wait for it)... Catholicism.
Why does it seem that each generation produces increasingly immature, thin-skinned, frightened narcissists? If something offends, it must be banned! Discipline is old-fashioned. Competition is unhealthy. Everybody gets a trophy; it's only fair.
If the government believes it can regulate who we pray to, who will make the cut? Other five letter figureheads? Satan? Allah? Obama?
This country was founded on Christian Principles&, whether the Left likes it or not. While they may try to blot out bit by bit those foundational beliefs through legislation and obfuscation, Americans remember and WILL FIGHT BACK to restore them.
The only way to rescue America from the yowling jaws of Marxist hell is on our knees. The instructions are right there. For starters:
Matthews 5:44 - But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
No matter what the government says.
(Cross-posted at Obi's Sister)