The De-Christianization of Bakers and Coaches in America

counterfeit_wedding_marriage_cakeThe attacks on religious freedom are accelerating in America. You may have heard the latest on the Oregon bakers, fined $135,000.00 for declining the invitation to bake a “wedding cake” for two daughters of Sodom who then complained they were discriminated against. Now the pagan State of Oregon is poised to evict them from their home, steal it from them and then give that $135,000.00 directly to the two daughters of Sodom.

The new judicial standard seems to be that if you don’t believe the way I believe, then I can sue you for discriminating against me. Of course that only works one way, that is it is always the non-Christians successfully suing the Christians. Whatever happened to the diversity and tolerance they supposedly support? It appears rather to be just a thinly veiled new form of persecution.

In town of Bremerton, Washington, coach Joe Kennedy has a pattern he established when hired seven years ago of after every foot ball game. He walks out to the 50 yard line, kneels down and thanks God in prayer. No one is required to attend that prayer, but many of the players from both teams voluntarily join him there for prayer after each game. However, some unnamed someone must be very disturbed by such prayers.

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This year, Coach Kennedy was told to stop praying or start finding a new job. The coach received a letter from his school district demanding that he stop. Notwithstanding, the Coach said he will continue his postgame tradition of praying at the 50-yard line, and he did so this Friday evening. This coach isn’t trying to force anyone to do anything — he simply wants to exercise his own Christian faith. The persecution is ramping up, telling him he has no freedom to exercise his Christian faith outside the walls of a church. Are we witnessing the De-Christianization of America?

To understand the battle lines being drawn, and most importantly what we can and should do as Christians, we need to turn back to the Law of God. Turn to Exodus 20:22 as we continue in our series True Law is God’s Law. As the battle for religious freedom rages we must understand that no matter what any official says, whether Federal, State or Local, no matter how much ink is spilled on paper by any branch of any level of government it is not true law unless it is in full compliance with God’s Law, for True Law is God’s Law.

You’ll recall the setting here is Mount Sinai, just after God has given the Ten Commandments. The people were gathered at the edge of the Mount where a fence prevented them from touching the Mount and the tremendous power and majesty of God were on full display. Earthquakes shook the ground, fire engulfed the mountain, the blast of the trumpet was ear splitting and the voice of the Lord was overpowering. The Israelites were terrified.

We saw last week they were convinced that they were about to die. The fear of the Lord was upon them, as they understood His awesome power and majesty, His righteousness and pure Holiness. We shall see in the passage before us that the point is to truly worship God is to worship Him in the way that pleases Him.

Worship God in the way that pleases Him – Exodus 20:22-25 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.”

He alone is God, all else are impostors, frauds, fakes and charlatans. We owe to the One True God worship and service, and we owe it to Him alone. We can worship God regardless of circumstances. The Pilgrims, before going ashore, decided to write a document known as the Mayflower Compact. At the heart of the compact lay an undisputed conviction that God must be at the center of all law and order and the law without a moral base is really no law at all. The day the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, according to William Bradford, they read the following from the Geneva Bible “LET THEM, THEREFORE PRAISE THE LORD, BECAUSE HE IS GOOD AND HIS MERCIES ENDURE FOREVER.”

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Rev. David Whitney has been teaching the Christian heritage and history of our country with Institute on the Constitution for over a decade where he serves as Senior Instructor, and Radio show host on Dr. Stan Monteith’s Radio Liberty. Whitney is an Honors Scholar graduate from Rutgers University with a Masters Degree from Denver Seminary. A minister for 32 years, he is currently the Pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Pasadena, Maryland. As a member of the clergy, an activist and radio personality, Whitney has appeared in Washington Times, on Voice of America, Fox, ABC, NBC, CSPAN, BBC, and more.
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  • Scott Beane

    You are simply ignorant to this situation. Of course we don’t care if you talk to yourself in your head and think you’re having communication with a higher power. It’s silly and child like, but your right. You just don’t get to lead prayers as an employee at a public school. He will lose his fight. This is all about the Liberty Institute using the issue for donations. They never win these cases.

    • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

      No, we are fully informed on the situation. I’d like to give you the benefit of the doubt and consider you merely ignorant, but the information both about the God-given and Constitutionally-protected rights of Americans as well as the dynamics of these Leftist attacks on liberty is too easy for even someone mildly interested in knowing the truth to learn.

      You may write off the relationship others have with their Creator, but your disdain for that relationship does not change its reality, any more than the fact that I talked to my brother a few days ago and you have never heard from him means my relationship with him or the reality of his existence is any less real. In fact, why would your Creator be expected to go out of his way to communicate with you when you obviously hold him in sure pure contempt? Why would he try to force a relationship on you that you obviously do not want? I wouldn’t expect to hear from someone you hold in antipathy any time soon.

      The last time I checked, the God-given First Amendment-protected right to freedom of religious expression was still the law of the land in the United States. God-hating Marxists have not yet won the day here.

      Real Americans still stand with what our first President, George Washington, said in his farewell address:

      Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

      Thank God the children of this school have such an upright authority figure in their lives, rather than someone who holds American values in pure scorn.

    • DCM7

      “we don’t care if you talk to yourself in your head and think you’re having communication with a higher power. It’s silly and child like”

      Atheists frequently make such statements. which address the whole question of the Creator’s reality at an incredibly shallow level, as if they saw no need to give it a moment’s thought. That always makes me wonder just how little thought they really *have* given to it.

      That bit about “we don’t care” is quite unconvincing as well. We’ve seen how much atheists frequently *do* care, blatantly treating anything Christian as if it’s the biggest possible threat to them. Of course, the accompanying, hypocritical pretense of “not caring” — as if atheists were way too secure in their beliefs to be rattled by any competing one — is an absolute joke, and just another part of the deep dishonesty that permeates everything about atheism.

  • DCM7

    “…coach Joe Kennedy has a pattern he established when hired seven years ago of after every foot ball [sic] game. He walks out to the 50 yard line, kneels down and thanks God in prayer. No one is required to attend that prayer, but many of the players from both teams voluntarily join him there for prayer after each game… This year, Coach Kennedy was told to stop praying or start finding a new job.”

    And what exactly is the supposed harm done by his actions — harm apparently so great that he would be fired for it? Can anyone even give an answer to that?