And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Today marked an interesting day in American Society. Millions of individuals flocked to Chick-fil-a to show support for our 1st Amendment Rights. Dan Cathy spoke out against homosexual relationships, but at no time did he express hatred towards homosexuals. He simply stated that he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. The great thing about American is we each are entitled to our opinions. Many people and groups have tried to turn this into a religious matter. This was not a question of a religious matter as much as it was about people supporting their rights. Don't get me wrong, I am sure some people went to eat there, taking a religious stance, but the main point was to defend our right to free speech.
My issues is not about 1st Rights or religion. My biggest issue with all of this is as follows: If we can rally around a company who has religious faith and beliefs, or take a stance towards our rights then why can we not come together and express and take a stance about our faith and beliefs about God?
As I sat in Chick-fil-a with my wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law, the discussion came up about what could happen in this country and in this world if people came together and took a stance towards their Christian beliefs and said enough is enough. Imagine if millions of Christians came together and started to take a stance. How would things change? They say change is slow and I am sure it would be slow. Still we have to start some where.
In Mark 8:34 it says "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his[her] cross and follow me.
Can you imagine what could/can be done if we started denying ourselves, stopped worrying about the backlash and criticism of the world and started to stand for what we believed in, what our founding fathers established the country upon. I mean taking a strong stance not a so-so stance.
Its obvious that in the world around us things are not what they once were. The economy is slowly going into a stand still, jobs are being lost, homes going into foreclosure, families being ruined, shall I go on.
The answer is simple, we started to allow people to remove God from not just a part of life but from every part of life and look where it has gotten us. Go and read the Old Testament and you will find that when God was involved things went well, when God was removed the outcomes were different.
So today could potentially lead into something more. But it can only lead into something more if we stand united. If we can take a strong stance for our 1st Amendment Rights then imagine what could happen if we came together and took a stance on placing God back into the world around us. Just a thought to ponder.