Throughout time and space, the State has always sought total control over its subjects. And it insists those subjects put it first in their loyalties, too. Whether it was early Christians in Rome who died because they bowed only to Jesus Christ, not the emperor, or modern Christians in the former Soviet Union tortured to death in gulags for the same “crime,” Leviathan does not change. And American rulers are now openly demanding the same loyalty.
A Christian photographer in New Mexico declined to accept as clients two lesbians who wanted her services at their wedding. The lesbians sued, of course, despite suffering no damages whatsoever: sinful photographers abound, and they found another happy to accommodate them. Nonetheless, New Mexico’s gowned clowns ruled that “…there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life…The [photographer and her husband] have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different.” (Emphasis added.) And so Christians are “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.” (Thanks to Bill Martin for alerting me to this story.)
I am constantly amazed at the folks who believe themselves friends of freedom yet champion “civil rights,” whether for sodomites or other groups. First, “civil rights” is an entire philosophy, not just a catchphrase leftover from the 1960’s. And it’s wholly inimical to liberty. It crows that government rather than our Creator imbues us with various privileges, which are neither inalienable nor constant; furthermore, they revolve not around our humanity but our status as a citizen. Second, “civil rights” advances the satanic State’s agenda, not freedom. Which leads directly to the persecution of Christians who honor God’s Word. Not to mention totalitarianism.4:56 pm on September 2, 2013 Email Becky Akers