Freedom to worship as one sees fit is on the chopping block in America, and unless people of faith step up and take a stand, the right to freely exercise one’s religion is in danger.

By now it should be obvious to even the casual observer that Marxists are attempting to overthrow Constitutional government. To succeed in their effort, one thing Marxists must do is erase the power of those holding a Judeo-Christian ethic. Marx said religion was “The opium of the masses,” because Scripture teaches that people should be content with what they have (be thankful in all things), and anyone holding that mindset had no reason to fight.

To succeed, Marxism needs dissension, and if Marxists have learned anything about Americans, it’s that we don’t care about class warfare.

Therefore, Marxists needed to change the vocabulary. Instead of a working class being oppressed by a ruling elite, they needed to foment dissension by creating other “oppressed” groups. A few years ago, the “oppressed” spotlight focused on women. Remember “All men are rapists, and should be put in prison and then shot?” The #MeToo movement with its pink pussy hats were all the rage.

The oppressed spotlight also focused on LGBTQ Americans, and then, with the death of a man overdosing on fentanyl while resisting arrest in Minneapolis, all blacks became oppressed, too.

Never mind that 30 – 40 percent of blacks are supporting a Republican president of their own free will. Never mind median income in black households rose between seven and 21 percent since 2017 in the five American cities with the highest black populations. No, the Marxists and their vanguard in Congress and their willing supporters in traditional media started parroting the phrase, “systemic racism,” and suddenly all of America is supposed to believe that every white person is born a racist.

Marxists created “us” versus “them” on multiple fronts, giving themselves the oppressed groups they needed – groups that were willing to fight for their cause.

Of course, since the Bible doesn’t support LGBTQ and Marxists have us believing all white churchgoers are racists, they claim they are justified in attacking Judeo-Christian institutions.

As just one example, consider their desire to tear down a cross at a Christian college in Eugene, Oregon, claiming the cross is a racist symbol. Thankfully, members of the community gathered to protect the cross, saying it embodies hope and unconditional love.

This is my point: People who stand firm make a difference.

 
Attacks under the guise of “safety”
 

Racism isn’t the only reason Marxists use for attacking Judeo-Christian institutions. Marxist-friendly Governors and mayors are attacking houses of worship under the guise of public safety.

Back in March, Americans were told millions would die, so draconian safety measures made sense. But it’s been nearly five months since lockdowns began, and we now know people who catch the virus have a 99.6 percent or better survival rate (roughly the same as a seasonal flu). If a person is under 35, the survival rate is 99.996.  And those numbers would be even better if governors stopped restricting the use of hydroxychloroquine!

With this information, a logical person would say draconian measures to restrict gatherings are no longer needed. But today, even objectivity is considered racist.

Do our religious leaders need to reread the free exercise clause of the First Amendment?  If people of faith don’t say, “Enough!” in response to the fear mongering going on around us, it won’t be long before churches in America are treated like churches in China.

In fact, that’s already happening.

Consider Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot sending police to raid multiple churches holding services. According to a story at Breitbart, Courtney Lewis, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, shut and locked the doors to prevent officers from gaining entry.” He said it felt like he was being raided by Soviet KGB as officers pounded on the doors, demanding to shut down the church.

Remember also when Pastor Charles Hamilton at the King James Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi tried to hold a church service in the church parking lot? This was to be a gathering of congregants sitting safely in their cars, but before the service started, more than a dozen police cars pulled up and Hamilton was told, “your rights are suspended.”

Think about that. Your rights are suspended? For how long? And under what conditions? Why are church rights suspended, but not the rights of violent protestors? And who’s to say that the right to gather for worship won’t be suspended indefinitely? After all, that’s what Governor Gavin Newsom has told churches in 30 California counties.  He banned all church services, no matter what the size.  He even banned in-home Bible studies.

And before that particular edict, Newsom had the audacity to tell churches they could not sing.

Thankfully, an increasing number of pastors in California are ignoring these unconstitutional “rules.”

A statement released by Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California stated, in part, “We cannot and will not acquiesce to a government-imposed moratorium on our weekly congregational worship.”

In a July 28, 2020 sermon, Grace Community’s senior pastor, John MacArthur, said, “We don’t expect the world to understand how important, how essential, how singularly important the church is that proclaims the only message that can turn people from sin to God and from hell to heaven.”

People of faith need to remember that the US Constitution does not have a clause that outlines conditions under which the Constitution can be suspended. In fact, it’s under times of trials and tribulations that the cohesiveness of the Constitution is most needed.

 
Life relies on more than bread
 

Most church goers know who I’m quoting when I say, “man does not live by bread alone,” and good Bible students know why that phrase was used. So, when people are free to drive to a supermarket and mingle among strangers to buy bread but church gatherings are prohibited, America has a problem.

Yet governors and mayors keep up an illusion of fear, waving around the word, “pandemic,” and citing “cases, cases,” while dismissing the decreasing number of deaths.

At question: Will people of faith follow God, or man?

Scripture tells people of faith not to neglect meeting together, but to encourage one another, and all the more as they see the Day approaching. This makes much sense, for just because someone has a pulse doesn’t mean they have a life. People of faith are to have life – and have life abundantly, and fellowship is part of that abundant life.

The problem? Too many people of faith maintain the mindset that we must “obey our rulers.”

Do they forget that Jesus called the rulers of Israel, “snakes” and a “brood of vipers?”

After Jesus’s death, when the New Testament apostles were told by their rulers, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” the apostles’ response was bold and clear: “We must obey God rather than human beings.”

The bottom line is this: If people of faith don’t step up and speak out against the false accusations of racism or the illusion of fear being perpetrated across America, their freedom to worship according to their conscience can easily be taken away.

People of faith who know their Scripture know that in the last days they must be on guard so that no one deceives them. They also know that a price for standing up may include being handed over to local councils. But they also know they may stand before governors and kings as witnesses.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not end up in a fiery furnace because they went along with government edicts.  Daniel the Prophet did not end up in a lion’s den because he did what his government said.  But by standing firm, they changed the course of a nation.

If today’s people of faith are going to make a difference, they must do the same.