Freedom of Religion — or Worship?

A slight change in the First Amendment, “Freedom of Religion” to “Freedom of Worship,” is of profound significance.  “Freedom of Worship” is obviously to be commended.  Thank God that in this nation the pastor can speak freely God’s Word from the Holy Scripture, hymns extolling the greatness and wonders of our gracious God can be sung, and teaching from the Bible can be applied to our lives—all without censure from governmental authorities!  However, “Freedom of Worship” over against “Freedom of Religion” implies, and is being put in practice, that Christians keep their religion within the church building.

For the genuine Christian, his Christianity must extend beyond the church doors.   In every vocation, whether florist, or baker, or photographer, he has a Biblical conviction that marriage is for one man and one woman in a life-long union.  In these vocations Christians are being heavily penalized for living out their Christian convictions.  Governmental authorities are in effect saying, you have “freedom of worship” but you do not have “freedom of religion.”  It is significant that when Christians affirm what is good and gives stability to the culture they are censured.  What will the end be?    Sunday services at Peace Lutheran Church are at 9:00 a.m.

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