By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
Recently the HB 4012 WV Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the WV House of Delegates with bipartisan support. Representatives have recognized that our religious freedoms are eroding with more intensity. Traditional monuments and religious symbols are being removed one by one in our nation. Christian businesses are forced to pay fines, close the doors, and are penalized for operating according to their values. A county clerk even was tossed into prison because she did not want to violate her faith in Kentucky. Many people are noticing that Christians are not experiencing the same liberties as other groups in various ways. They have not received the same treatment and protection from the government. Although this bill doesn’t specifically mention Christianity or favor a religion over another, it will help to preserve religious freedom for everyone. After all, Christians are citizens like anyone else and deserve protection as well.
There are people who despise religious traditions and want to eliminate them all together from our country. In an attempt to transform our nation, they would like to erase part of our history from education to the constitution. Some people have tried to spin this bill and call it hatred towards others, bigotry, and discriminatory. The truth is that they themselves are discriminatory and hypocritical since they do not want to recognize the rights of people of faith. Also, the folks who wrote the constitution did not think it bigoted when they wrote the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or PROHIBITING the free exercise thereof.” Our founding fathers recognized this as one of our most sacred and fundamental rights and was the primary reason our country was established. Do not fall for the deception of people who do not respect our constitution. Christians should have every right to participate in the work force and not leave their faith at home. Opponents of the bill do not really understand what true religion means. It is not a ritual only for Sunday mornings or a private belief only for home life. Sincere individuals know that it is a heartfelt faith that people want to take everywhere they go.
Since faith is an important part of many peoples’ lives, it is important that we fight for it. We can do this by speaking out, voting, and prayer. The bill has passed onto the WV Senate where it should be considered soon. It is imperative that the Church contact their senators and voice how important our liberties are to us. The contact information is easily googled online at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Senate1/roster.cfm. If we do not get involved, then the radicals will be the only voice. Consequently, we will continue down the slippery slope. The culture of indifference has become a cancer to the foundation of our nation and it is time for healing. The Church must recognize the power that God has given and stand together to fight the evil in the world. God will give us the victory when we become active in doing his will. He admonishes us to become part of the process in 1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother and Sister in Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])