Pastor's Message - Religious Freedom Concerns
Jul 1, 2018
Saint Francis of Assisi Church
July 1, 2018
Brothers and Sisters,
This week we celebrate our Nations Birthday. In the Fourth of July spirit, let me take the opportunity to ask you to join me and renew our commitment to true freedom and to reflect on religious freedom concerns.
Previously, I wrote of the serious challenges to our faith in today’s secular culture. With the Supreme Court Decision on “marriage”, we have yet another example of the challenge before us.
The decisions of the United States Supreme Court in Dred Scott vs. Sandford, Roe vs. Wade, and now Obergefell vs. Hodges are NOT decisions rooted in the TRUTH. These decisions lack the respect for human life and the natural law. The TRUTH of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. Redefining the God given meaning of marriage is a tragic error.
Where is the Court’s duty to support the basic right of a child to be raised by a father and a mother? As in the case of the unborn child, so also in this case, children’s rights are lost in the self-centered culture of me-ism. This is another instance of the secular culture eroding the sacred in our community with consequences in the future especially for our youth.
The Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage will have an effect upon our right to religious liberty. The Church’s teaching about marriage as with abortion is now in opposition to the law and has the potential to create conflicts between the civil law of the government and the law of God and His Church.
In the face of this challenge, we have a responsibility not only to stand up for our religious freedom, but also to remind others of God’s Call for us to publicly speak the TRUTH – to bring the sacred into the secular world.
During this observance of a Fortnight for Freedom, let us continue to practice the theme of the two-week focus: “Freedom to Bear Witness”.
Happy Fourth of July!
God Bless Us,
Father Richard York, your Pastor