Posted on: 12-06-2005 @ 12:38 pm
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2005
Take a big deep breath, pause, and think calmly. The subject I am writing about here is going to be hotly debated for years to come, it is the cool, calm, and collected that will ultimately prevail. Earlier this morning the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Ten Commandments "could not be displayed in court buildings or on government property." Justice David Souter who was writing for the majority stated, "The touchstone for our analysis is the principle that the First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion…When the government acts with the ostensible and predominant purpose of advancing religion, it violates that central Establishment clause value of official religious neutrality,". Although I do wish a different determination had been made, I also believe there are some lessons to be inferred for those of us who follow Christ and desire for our message to be clear and concise to the culture. Before I expound on the lessons let me return to my encouragement from the first paragraph. The last thing that will be beneficial to the cause of Christianity will be images of angry "Christians" flooding America's T.V. screens screaming, "You take your hands off my God!" as Ten Commandment monuments are being disassembled. It will not change any minds and it will only reinforce the unfortunate stereotypes that we have made available through previous actions. So first, take the day to reflect. Take the day to think about what you're going to say and how you're going to say it, concerning this decision, at the office water trough tomorrow. Don't react. Simply read, study, and pray, then respond. Your blood pressure will stay lower and your faith will be more readily defended. Come back tomorrow and we'll talk about the lessons.
John B Smith
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