Religious Liberty in America is at the HEART of the freedoms set forth in both the US Constitution and the founding of the nation. This guaranteed freedom is one of the most appealing personal freedoms about being an American whatever your point of origin. However, to assert that the Constitution does not speak to Religious Liberty through the lens of Christianity is to perpetuate a modern myth with far more political, universalist and globalist overtones than historic fact. ALSO efforts to feature issues and systems antithetical to the heart of Religious Liberty and Christian FAITH to ”RE-interpret Religious Liberty” in America are nothing more than classic deconstructionism.
Today there is a New & Redefined Religious Liberty being promoted not only by those who would have something obvious to gain from it but by the trusted leaders in the Christian faith. Like a creative dance of illuminary beings flashing in a darkened sky, the talking points of Interfaith Dialog and securing Religious Liberty for all are flashing in the eyes of believers young and old.
Historically such freedoms prevent a State establishment of a state church and prevent prohibit the free exercise of religion. Clearly the Constitution speaks through the lens of Christian faith and the struggle colonials had with the Government and it’s state church from which it declared Independence. While relevant to a broader religious application, the Constitution does not project the opportunity to disadvantage historic Christian freedoms as it is interpreted to be more “inclusive” or “non discriminatory“. These lines only blurred when promoting the normalization of things in direct opposition to Christian faith as necessary to redefining Religious Liberty.
The problem in American Christianity concerning Religious Liberty is that the very people and organizations employed and engaged by Christians to defend their freedoms are the key players in the modern day “dance of the fireflies” to strip all real Christian foundations from the heart of Religious Liberties as it is redefined “for a pluralistic society”.. As is the case in the gardening board game by the same name…. ”not everything in the (Gospel) garden will be rosy as the game plays out.” We are awakening to find strangers have sown tares in the fields of Religious Liberty.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW APOLOGETICS ARE EMBRACING INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
One of the areas most active in the New Redefined Religious Liberty through the lens of Islam and Christian & Muslim dialogue is in Christian Apologetics ministries. In the name of evangelical outreach and hospitality, apologetics groups are bringing in Muslim Speakers and taking teens and adults to local Mosque, Islamic Centers open house events to be instructed by the Mosque leaders on the history and devotions of Islam. Christians are being encouraged to study the Koran and “get to know Muslims around them.” Now this effort is doubling down on the very campuses of Christian institutions of higher education.
APOLOGETICS MINISTRIES MYTHS DRIVING INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
Many see such Apologetics efforts through the hope of providing for evangelism yet the advocates of the New Redefined Religious Liberty are quick to say that “Christians should not be viewing their Muslim neighbors as evangelistic projects” but should instead be “getting to know and accept people for who they are.“ The Evangelism goal is a modern myth perpetuated in the talking points for more Biblical conservative participants.
In this writer’s area by 2016 a Christian Apologetics group working within SBC and PCA churches and associated with Biola Universities “Stand to Reason Apologetics” began bringing a professional Muslim lobbyist from a DC think tank into PCA and SBC churches and Christian Schools. The message overwhelmingly misrepresented Islam by advocating that:
(Some Myths perpetuated about Islam by current apologetics ministries)
1- “Muslims and Christians worship the same God”
2- “The US Constitution and Sharia Law are compatible”
3- “Islam promotes Religious Freedom and tolerance”
4- “Islam is compatible with American ideals of Religious Liberty”
SOME MUCH NEEDED HISTORY FOR CHRISTIANS TO KNOW
“COMMON WORD AND COMMON GROUND" AT ROOT OF INTERFAITH MOVEMENT
This movement appears to have crystalized in 2008
“Religious Peace—World Peace
“Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world.” We share the sentiment of the Muslim signatories expressed in these opening lines of their open letter. Peaceful relations between Muslims and Christians stand as one of the central challenges of this century, and perhaps of the whole present epoch.”
“What is common between us lies not in something marginal, nor in something merely important to each. It lies, rather, in something absolutely central to both: love of God and love of neighbor. Surprisingly for many Christians, your letter considers the dual command of love to be the foundational principle not just of the Christian faith, but of Islam as well. That so much common ground exists – common ground in some of the fundamentals of faith – gives hope that undeniable differences and even the very real external pressures that bear down upon us cannot overshadow the common ground upon which we stand together.”
YOU NEED TO KNOW:
THE NEW (REDEFINED) RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, HOW IT WORKS AND WHO IS PLAYING THE GAME OF “THE DANCE OF THE FIREFLIES”.
At the moment this confusing message looks to be coming at the church from all directions.
ABC - OBAMA ERA PARTNERS STRATEGIES
Many of the same evangelicals in the Obama-era partners who collaborated with the Obama administration for the Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships are THE present day allies of and advocates for the “New Religious Liberty".
A) PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL PLAYERS &CAMPAIGN, NEIGHBORLY FAITH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY COUPLED WITH LGBT RIGHTS AND PROGRESSIVE IMMIGRATION POLICY
B) INTERFAITH DIALOGUE KEY TO REDEFINING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
C) RUSSELL MOORE OF ERLC IS PUSHING THE BROAD REDEFINITION OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY BY PROMOTING MICHAEL WEAR AND THE LEGAL TEAM AND ACTIONS REPRESENTING IT
PROMOTING WEAR’S BOOK
SOJOURNERS, TGC & RUSSELL MOORE ON MICHAEL WEAR PURE LEFT WING POLITICS
“THIS IS A PRE-TRUMP book with serious questions for our politics in the age of Trump.”
If you asked me what the American republic needs most right now, at least at the human level, I would say: “more Democrats like Michael Wear.” And if you asked me what the American church needs most right now, on the human level, I would say: “more Democrats like Michael Wear.”
ERLC’s MOORE AND WEAR NOW WORK VERY CLOSELY IN THE 2020 ELECTION CYCLE
Moore says of Wears' Reclaiming Hope book, "We can hope and this book can help us.”
IMMIGRATION REFORM AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
The push for “immigration reform” brings many partners together. Large corporations who want cheap labor, open societies foundations who want open borders, Democratic Party strategist who want more welfare recipient voters. Progressive evangelicals like Russell Moore who help the strategy of all those mentioned above by moving conservative Christians toward the progressive policies. The partners all find their common ground and mutual benefit.
Perhaps Moore and others added benefit is the push for more immigration means the perfect justification for redefining the “New Religious Liberty” in a pluralistic society as they push for reforms that will flood the culture in America with an even more diverse religious landscape. Part of the end goals for evangelicals in this strategy is very simple. It pays well to be pro immigration IF you are on the receiving end of grants coming from all other parties involved.
The new Religious Liberty has very little to do with Christian faith or the Constitution or protecting either of them. It has far more to do with the political winds for social change AND the massive funding that fuels the movement. In short, especially in the SBC it could be perceived that the one person and the entity he heads employed to protect Christians Religious Liberty is doing far more to undermine and redefine it than in any way protect it.
CIVILITY A KEY “POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT” TALKING POINT
ERLC recently released its 2020 voter guide. It is the ERLC sounds the charming chime of “Civility” which might well be understood to mean “True Biblical Conservatives STAND DOWN and be nice while we progressives do what we do and redefine your world." Moore’s 2020 election guide was drafted by a Georgetown Professor and a new age globalist spirituality & universalist think tank.
MOORE AND WEAR IN NATIONAL IMMIGRATION FORUM FOR “CIVIL DISCOURSE” AND “MEANINGFUL SOCIAL CHANGE”
“Conversation 2: A Civil Discourse”
“The extreme polarization in our political parties has become a barrier to compromise and progress on policies that could improve our country and the American people. Our country’s biggest challenges have become political battlegrounds, no better example than the current immigration debate. Hear from highly regarded and influential thought leaders on how we can bridge ideological differences and come together for meaningful change.”
WEARS NARRATIVE ON LGBT & PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND REFORMING IMMIGRATION TARGETING THE 2020 HOPEFUL DEFEAT OF TRUMP
&CAMPAIGN COUPLES LGBTQ AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
“RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LGBTQ RIGHTS”
“All attempts to remove more traditional religious beliefs from the public square should be opposed. We, like many other Americans, affirm the historic Christian sexual ethic, and we also believe that religious freedom and LGBTQ civil rights are not necessarily in irreconcilable conflict. Faith-based charities, hospitals and colleges should not have to choose between surrendering their convictions and closing their doors. At the same time, LGBTQ people should not lose jobs and housing because of how they identify. We must pursue ways to disagree and live together without bullying or compromising our conscience. Towards that end, we encourage all 2020 candidates to support the Fairness for All Act, which will grant basic civil rights for LGBTQ people while also protecting religious freedom for all faiths.”
SCOTUS PROVES & CAMPAIGN AND WEAR WRONG ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY VS LGBTQ
REDEFINING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY ACCORDING THE THE SUPREME COURT SETS IN MOTION A CONFLICT BETWEEN LGBTQ RIGHTS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF CIVIL VS RELIGIOUS MARRIAGE AS AN INSTITUTION.
No issue is more contradictory to Christian faith in the culture than redefining human sexuality and supporting the radical LGBTQ agenda. FEW younger Christians are aware of the history or goals of this global movement or its radical, militant anti-Christian stance. The ERLC & Moore have done NOTHING to educate Christians on the agenda they face or what is coming into education at every level and impacting Christian families across the spectrum of churches and Christian institutions and ministries. To the contrary ERLC leaders have acted like the massively funded and organized pro LGBTQ groups like Human Rights Campaign do not exist while they have held meetings in private with them behind closed doors.
ALREADY PARENTAL RIGHTS, “HUMAN DIGNITY” AND THE DEVELOPING LEGAL LANGUAGE OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION/ GENDER IDENTITY AKA “SOGI” ARE IN PLAY
The legal construct for furthering the most radical of LGBTQ rights is the language of Sexual Orientation Gender Identity or SOGI. Though considered the legal gold standard internationally SOGI in fact embodies the very conflict that the movement represents within its own agenda and should expose its weakest legal standing.
To assert that S.O. Sexual Orientation is something akin to being “inborn, fixed & unchanging” while at the same time, in the same phrase, asserting that biological gender is simply an “identity” or G.I. – therefore it is “fluid and changing” is a total contradiction. NOW global legal human rights issues must be defined and interpreted by this totally subjective contradiction. Fixing and assigning legal standards and discrimination laws to unscientific “orientation arguments" and fluid gender identities is a fools errand and a seed bed for legal malpractice. Tossing Religious Liberties into this legal quicksand can be little more than an effort to distort if not destroy it altogether.