Sister to sister, how are you handling what’s happening in our country? Although I know God is in control, I’m deeply troubled by the pending legislation that, if passed, will supersede the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and threaten my religious freedom.
Love and respect for all
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know my desire to write is rooted in a heart that yearns for others to know and love my Jesus. My longing is not limited; it seeks to include ALL people, not just a particular social or political group. I wholeheartedly believe that God’s creation dictates all people are created equal and, therefore, should be treated with love and respect at all times. But as a Christian, my primary loyalty is to Jesus because that’s what He commands:
Jesus replied,” ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-40)
It’s important to remember, His request isn’t egotistical but dictated with divine wisdom because He knows we love others best when we love Him most.
Where the Equality Act gets it wrong
Here’s where I’m troubled by the wording outlined in the legislative document known as the Equality Act, which, as stated above, would supersede the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law intended to protect religious practices from government interference. For example, Section 2(a)(2) states:
A single instance of discrimination may have more than one basis. For example, discrimination against a married same-sex couple could be BASED ON THE SEX STEREOTYPE THAT MARRIAGE SHOULD ONLY BE BETWEEN HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES, THE SEXUAL ORIENTATION OF THE TWO INDIVIDUALS IN THE COUPLE, OR BOTH. (emphasis added via capitalization only)
If God’s Word says it, I believe it
Let me put it more simply – if you agree with God’s definition for marriage, as written and recorded in Scripture, the Equality Act DEFINES your belief as DISCRIMINATION. (Mark 10:6-9; Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:24)
Friends-in-faith, let’s ban together in prayer and purpose – to prevent the Senate’s passing of the Equality Act; pending legislation that abolishes all rights our religious freedom and gives LEGAL PRIORITY to the BELIEFS of NON-BELIEVERS.
Let your voice be heard
I urge you to contact your U.S. senators and ask them to vote NO to the Equality Act. You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and they will connect you with a Senate office. I also encourage you to let the White House know about your strong opposition to this bill.
Sending peace, love, and prayers to all!