I am thankful for the freedom of religion.
If someone came up to me and said “KASEY, the government is trying to pass legislation that will make it illegal to worship Jesus! Will you come with me down to the courthouse and picket against it with me?”
I would say “Yes, OF COURSE!” and I would grab a picket sign and I would go down to the courthouse with all the other patriots–probably patriots of every different religion and non-religion—and fight against this blatantly unconstitutional bill.
Because it IS unconstitutional. The Constitution gives us the freedom to worship whoever we want or believe whatever we want. Any legislation that tells me that I can’t peacefully worship whoever I want is unconstitutional.
Period. End of Story.
And I know that all of my Christian friends would probably support me in this picket line.
I’m an evangelical Christian. And though my desire is ALWAYS to love and accept everyone and peacefully coexist with people of EVERY religion, I believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God.
Because I believe that the Bible is absolute truth– no matter how politically incorrect it might sound—I believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
And through the Bible, I have the working understanding that anyone that doesn’t know the salvation of Jesus when they die, will go to Hell. No matter how “uncomfortable” or “un-PC” it is to say that, in order for me to believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, I must believe that this is true. And I do.
This isn’t me being judgmental of anyone’s beliefs or of them as a human being, it is just a simple belief that what the Bible says is true in regards to salvation.
I’m 23 years old and I’ve been leading worship in the local church for 10 years, and have been a professional worship leader/musician for the last 3 of those years. Every sunday, I step up on a platform with a band of musicians and lead others in worshiping Jesus.
So, you can imagine the dismay that ensued from other Christians in my realm of influence when I bravely—however brave sharing a link on Facebook can be—shared my opinion in regard to my view on Marriage Equality along with a link to an article entitled:
Oh man. Here we go.
I knew that posting this was going to be controversial, but I wanted to express a biblical opinion that was different than other Christian opinions that they might have heard.
Because I believe that it is entirely possible to believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God and still believe that homosexual marriage should be legal.
When I expressed this opinion, the biggest argument that I came up against was this:
“(Most Christians believe) The Bible says that homosexuality is sinful, so by advocating for the legalization of same-sex marriage, you are advocating for sin.”
And since I believe that the Bible is absolute truth, I DO believe that advocating for (promoting, endorsing, or somehow contributing to the flourishing of) sin is indeed sinful.
Because in their eyes, advocating for the LEGALIZATION of a sin, is the same thing as advocating FOR a sin itself.
Which means that because I am advocating for the legalization of same-sex marriage, by simply stating that I believe that it should be legal–I am advocating for sin. Which in turn, means that I am advocating for people to spend eternity in Hell.
Whoa. That’s pretty intense.
But I disagree.
Let’s consider for a moment another scenario similar to the first one
Someone comes up to me and says “KASEY, the government is trying to pass a bill that will outlaw Hinduism. Will you come with me to advocate against it?”
And I believe that I would. I believe that I would be there front and center with my picket sign advocating against this UNCONSTITUTIONAL bill.
Because it is equally as unconstitutional as the bill that would outlaw Christianity.
Because, in my opinion, choosing to advocate against one bill that violates the freedom of religion and NOT another bill that violates the freedom of religion would be hypocritical.
The first commandment in the Old Testament clearly states that we are not to worship ANY other gods other than God Himself.
And since I believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, then I am working with the understanding that someone that worships other gods is living in sin. I am working with the understanding that a person that passes away while practicing Hinduism—based on the Bible—will not go to Heaven.
But based on the logic above (that advocating for the legality of a sin equals advocating for the sin itself) it would be SINFUL for me to advocate against the bill that would outlaw Hinduism.
Because, biblically speaking, practicing Hinduism is equally as “sinful” as a sexual sin. (As is lying and gossiping and every other sin.)
But, both the bill against Hinduism and the bill against Christianity would be equally unconstitutional.
Both of these bills would be a violation against the freedom of religion.
Using this logic, by advocating against the unconstitutional bill to outlaw Hinduism, you would be directly advocating for idolatry.
Using this logic, by advocating against the unconstitutional bill to outlaw Hinduism, you would be directly advocating for a sin that will ultimately send people to Hell.
Anyone want to put down their picket signs yet?
Let’s consider another scenario similar to the other two.
If someone came up to me and said “KASEY, The government is trying to pass a bill that makes it illegal to worship anyone BUT Jesus. Will you come with me to the courthouse and picket against it?”
Wow. A theocracy fueled by a love for Jesus.
Sounds like every Christian’s dream, right?
Anyone ready to put down their picket signs yet?
I would be front and center on that picket line to rise up against this unconstitutional bill.
Because, no matter how much I want EVERYONE to love Jesus, I can’t support a law that forces them to “love” Him.
I love Jesus because He loved me first. There is nothing that I could ever do to deserve His love and there is nothing that I could ever do to EARN His love. He just loves me. Even in my weakness. He loves me. And there is nothing that I can ever do that will make Him stop loving me.
But He never forced Himself on me. He wanted my heart. He wanted me to CHOOSE to love Him.
Because He desires voluntary love. He wants us to love Him because we WANT to love Him.
And I don’t believe that it is ever Jesus’s desire to mandate love for Him.
Jesus wants our hearts. He doesn’t want a nation of programmed drones going through the motions and putting on a show to make themselves LOOK like Christians when they don’t really love Him on the inside.
Because, even though Jesus probably has the power to MAKE people love Him, He won’t ever do it. It isn’t in His nature.
I feel no guilt over saying that I wouldn’t support a bill that forced everyone to love Jesus.
Because, honestly, I wouldn’t be doing Jesus any favors.
I don’t believe that advocating for equal rights for homosexual couples is equal to advocating for sexual sin.
Because I don’t believe that advocating for the LEGALITY of a sin is equal to advocating for the sin itself.
Because I believe in the freedom of religion.
And the freedom of religion isn’t the freedom of MY religion.
The freedom of religion is the freedom of ALL religions.
I believe that Jesus doesn’t mind if I advocate for a bill that allows all people to have equal rights, regardless of their religious (or sexual) orientation.
Because I believe that Jesus values us and loves us all equally–regardless of how we sin.
No, I don’t believe that Jesus would care at all if I stood front and center to fight against a bill that would mandate love for Him.
I’m actually inclined to say that He might be there right beside me giving people a thousand reasons why they SHOULD love Him.
What good is love if it is mandated?
No, Jesus doesn’t need us to make laws to make people love Him.
He’s really good at doing that Himself.