|Photo by Jordan Murphy|
We take so much for granted....just assuming "it's always been and always will be."
Today, I am grateful to be living in a country where I have the freedom to pray, gather together with my brothers and sisters in Christ and openly worship our Creator with no fear of punishment or harm (not the case in many countries in our world).
I can express my opinions and may receive criticism but I'm still afforded the opportunity to express them. I can freely vote to further express my opinions, and do so without fear (unlike many countries around the globe).
I can hold Bible studies in my home and publicly invite others to attend, I can share scriptures openly--verbally and through the Internet-- and ask for and offer prayer from and for others. I am not forced to "smuggle" the sacred scriptures into my home and I can openly share the Gospel, The Good News, with others.
THIS is freedom OF religion-and I for one, am very grateful that I am still allowed to follow Christ openly with no fear of retribution. That is not the case for many of my brothers and sisters in Christ living in other parts of the world-- not just as missionaries, but as natural-born citizens of other countries who have converted to Christianity and are now in harm's way-- their very lives and livelihoods at stake. We have no idea how blessed we are-- and to those who came before me who sacrificed to make this freedom possible, THANK YOU!
And to my brothers and sisters in Christ, offer a prayer of Thanksgiving for this blessed freedom.
Praying for wisdom for those who lead us and govern our people--that the Spirit of our Creator will whisper in their ears what is right and good and just. And give them the courage to carry it out.