Reflections on the Religious Freedom Rally of 3/23/12

We missed you. I am posting this video for those of you who have never been to a rally. It is good to know what takes place there. It was a very important event- mostly attended by Catholics. How do I know? The sign of the cross being used to finish their participation in prayer.

Where were my friends… the Christians who say they care about the world, their progeny, the innocent? If you are like me- I used to tell myself, “oh good, so-and-so went. at least they had a good turnout.” Mothers attended the rally with babies in arms, and little ones underfoot- as were teens there in school uniforms.

It has been my experience that professing Christians are the least likely to take a stand, or be involved in the process of government on any level other than prayer. In fact only 1/2 of the six million professing believers in this country bother to vote. We are commanded to be salt and light,  and to occupy until He comes.

The real loss is that you still don’t understand what this means to you and your children and/or church. In 1973 I didn’t understand what Roe v.Wade meant. If I had been a believer, could I have made my stand be known? Would there have been 52 million aborted babies on our watch if we had done more?

These are hard issues. The current Health and Human Services Mandate for religious organizations to provide insurance that includes  coverage for abortions,  contraceptives and abortifacients (morning after pill) against conscience and religious tenets, is religious bondage to the government. It is government interference in what you believe.

In it’s recent decision, the Obama administration has “allowed” an accommodation for Catholic hospitals and ministries to not have to provide certain coverage. However, this is nothing more than a “bait and switch” deal. Take everything away then give just a little back, after “reconsideration.” This is manipulation, and abuse of government. Albeit used intentionally to give protesting groups the sense that they have “won” something back. The intention was to get a big black boot of government into the door of your ministry.

It has left an open door for the federal government to determine whether or not you have a “legitimate” ministry when you ask for an exemption. But…. by whose standards? Do you see the problem?

Prayer changes things. However; the bible also tells us “as a man thinks in his heart… so he is.” Translated; people only do what is in their heart, regardless of what they say or how many prayers they offer. Prayer can be and excuse for inaction. I know I have been there.

Putting on the full armor of God is of no use in a prayer closet. Pink Apron Regiment is committed to putting on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the shodding of our feet with the gospel, carrying the shield of faith, wearing the helmet of salvation, and using the sword of the spirit. In other words, action.

We are out of the kitchen and out of the prayer closet.

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