There has always been a debate on the subject of separation of Church and State. Both sides have amply defended their position with a high degree of interpreted facts and emotions. It is interesting to hear the different opinions on what the Constitution is actually saying. The polarizing of opinions, pertaining to this document, has isolated groups to the point of irreconcilable differences. I wonder what our founding fathers would think of the way Americans have dissected this document to the point of its ineffectiveness. Even the Supreme Court cannot find unanimity in their decisions. As an army of lawyers attacks the Constitution and tries to reshape its original intent, our Country continues down the road of careless and reckless abandonment to the intent of our founding fathers.
An offshoot to this rubics cube of Constitutional confusion is the question of the role of the Believer in the secular world. There are individuals that believe the outward display of one’s Christian Faith should be limited to environments that are sympathetic to their beliefs. Verbal testimonies and expressions should be offered only when the venue is conducive to them. If that is the case, should not all those who exhibit a life style that is different from the norm of society follow the same rule? The homosexual life style is exhibited and displayed for the world to see. The homosexual comes out of the closet to a standing ovation while the Christian is sentenced to the closet. Those who express their “old nature” are looked upon as heroes, while those who express their “new nature” are treated with disrespect.
Christians are not to judge others, but to display who they have become through Jesus Christ. The difference between the homosexual movement and the Christian life style is the way the message is displayed. One group is energized by unity, while the other operates by diversity. One demands acceptance, while the other shows their acceptance through God’s love. One shows love by their self centeredness, while the other displays the love of Jesus. One claims the Government should reward them for their boldness, while the other owes everything to the One who’s Government is upon His shoulders. (Is. 9:6) One can thank the media for helping to open their closet doors, while the other is thankful for the Word of God which opens the door of forgiveness. One group is encouraged to express their differences, while the other is discouraged to express their differences.
It is not a question of judging one group or another; rather, it is an issue of whether there is a double standard in the land where religious freedom was founded. It is not a question of imposing values on others, but rather, the right of people to express their values. It is not time to react to others, but time to acknowledge their right to express themselves. Christians should be free to share their life style and to do so without apology. The homosexual movement is unashamed to announce to the world their sexual orientation. Should not the Believer have the same freedom of expression without fear of ridicule?
Maybe there is a double standard in our Country, but let the Believer not be ashamed to raise His Standard also!