We made a trip out to see the progress on the new skatepark in spring or actually Greenspoint. Things seem to be coming along well. Not too much to see but I thought it would be nice to share a few photos I took. I look forward to riding the concrete waves.
ARE WE FREE IN AMERICA TODAY?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Recently there has been a lot of anti religious groups in the U.S.A. speaking out against the public display of religious symbols, or quotes. Most of them have been against the Christian faith. They range from removal of a cross in the desert to the display of the ten commandments in court rooms or schools.
You may find this strange but I’m not the religious type and in fact I’m anti-religious. To worship a cross or to think idols or rituals will save you are a grave mistake. Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Yet these things remind us how we should live just like a post it note reminds me of someones phone number.
When someone or a group complains, or flies federal lawsuits against a public display of a cross or a copy of the ten commandments and states it is a violation of the bill of right it confuses me. I’ve read article one of the bill of rights several times and I just don’t get it. What they are saying is citizens can’t say what they want where they want when they want, while that is exactly what they are doing. The bill of right does not say freedom from religion rather it says.. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,…
So with religion aside we need to discuss freedom and the difference between right and wrong. What is freedom, defined by merriam-webster.com?
Definition of FREEDOM the quality or state of being free: as
a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
Placing a cross, sign or commandment on public property does NOT constrain or require anyone make a specific choice or action. Now when you don’t allow a cross, sign or commandment to be placed or posted on public property then YES you are constraining someone’s freedom. Now you may say well if we let everybody put whatever they want up then who knows what they will post. It could get out of hand and this is where right and wrong come in. Deep down we are all corrupt and given enough chances we all with eventually make a shelfish or wrong decision don’t you agree?
Definition of WRONG
1a: an injurious, unfair, or unjust act : action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just cause b: a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another; especially: tort2: something wrong, immoral, or unethical; especially: principles, practices, or conduct contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law
How do we know what an immoral, unethical unfair or unjust act is? My point is if we don’t have a base for Truth and true right and wrong then what are we living for? You can argue with me if you want but murder is wrong. Definition of MURDER : the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought
Now I could go on about several other immoral or unethical issues such and adultry, lying, stealing, and honoring your father and your mother but lets just stick with murder.
If there is no absolute truth that murder is wrong then people could go around murdering people with no legal consequences. Now is that what we want in the world today. Well that is esxactly what these people or groups that say hey your cross, your sign, your ten commandments posted on public property is against the law. They are saying our freedoms are being taken away, we want freedom from religion but that’s not true they want to take away our freedom and replace it with their beliefs that there is no absolute truth about right and wrong or God. Some people say we live in a world of gray….that is a lie we live in a world of black and white, just look out there and see for yourself.
If the Son makes you free men, then you are really and unquestionably free. John 8:36