Should I Be Concerned About My Religious Liberties?

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Genesis 2:15-17
Zack Casey
Our spiritual freedom should compel us to be good stewards of our religious freedoms. We are free to live as strangers and aliens in this world because we are no longer slaves to the world. Jesus said in John 8:36, “if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” If we have placed our trust in Jesus, then we should never fear being enslaved by laws or men. The world is our temporary home, and it is a just a spec on the timeline of eternity. Because we aren’t bound to the systems of the world, we can and should stand unashamedly on the truth of God’s Word. And when that stance brings cancelling, mistreatment, or even persecution when we can remember the words of Peter, “14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear them or be intimidated, 15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. 16 Yet do this with gentleness and reverence, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused, those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame” (1 Peter 3:14-16).

Let’s pray that we can live as a graceful resistance in the world that has a vastly different agenda than we do. Let us count the cost of following Jesus and stand out with both boldness and compassion as we live with eternity in mind.

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