Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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A friend sent this comic to me yesterday. It says it all, doesn't it?


Anonymous said...

is there anything going through at the moment on Obama trying to stop the church using the word sin? I am sitting in class and someone mentioned it. I am suspicious though, because that would clearly be in contradiction to the 1st amendment...thought you would be the best person to ask about this?

Solameanie said...

Hi, Jonny..

No, that's a new one, at least in terms of President Obama or the government trying such a thing legislatively, at least yet. But I think I know where what you heard in class probably came from.

I think many conservative Christians here are concerned about some of the President's appointees to posts such as the Federal Communications Commission, which controls broadcast stations, coupling that with some proposals for so-called "hate" legislation that would criminalize speech that offends groups such as homosexuals on the grounds that it incites hate. We've seen similar things in Canada and in Scandinavia, where pastors actually got in legal hot water for preaching biblically on that subject. There are groups on the far left that would like to see such criminal or civil penalties happen here. But in terms of actual legislation or executive order imposing such restrictions outright, it hasn't happened yet. And it would indeed face a constitutional challenge if they tried it.

On another note, there are many American churches that shy away from preaching about sin on the idea that it offends people. T.V. preachers Robert Schuller and Joel Osteen are good examples of that kind of thing.

Hope that helps.

Solameanie said...

Forgot to mention this, too. We have been seeing increasing pushes to remove anything Christian from the public square. For instance, local school districts stopping Christmas parties or renaming the Christmas break "winter break," Christian students being forbidden to write papers on the subject of Christianity or wearing T-shirts with Christian messages on them, and other things like that. Public schools in America are an arm of government.