Freedom and the Law

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I do not want you to misunderstand me. I love my country. I love America. I love the idea that the United States of America represents freedom and the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

America was founded on the principles of freedom at its best. Freedom of speech; freedom of the press; freedom to bear arms; freedom to congregate; freedom of religion; freedom from the government establishing a national church and religion; freedom from being deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; and freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Are these freedoms honored now as much as they were then? Do we still even have all these freedoms? If so, does everyone have these freedoms or only a select group of people?

Consider.

Freedom of speech: kids may not pray or mention God in public schools. College students may not write papers that refer to the Bible and God as the ultimate source of truth and may not use the Bible as a credible source to support their ideas (I, personally, have experienced this on many occasions). Teachers may not mention God or discuss creationism or Intelligent Design (or any other theory for that matter other than Evolution) in the public classroom without facing serious consequences. Students may not question their professors or what they are being taught (for an example, read my two “Expelled” blogs).

Freedom of the press: while I do have the freedom to blog and publish whatever my heart desires, I have on multiple occasions been insulted and demeaned for writing from my point of view and for mentioning my beliefs. “You poor uneducated person! You should go to college and learn something,” they say. It is always a battle of intelligence. If you believe in God, you are automatically labeled and stereotyped as uneducated. Who cares if you have an AA, BA, MA, or PhD? However, if you do not believe in God, you are credited as educated no matter if you have a degree or not.

For another example, I was once asked to write a memoir for a college English class. I mentioned God two or three times in my over-thirty-page-long autobiography. During peer review, one student commented, “I see that you are a follower of Jesus Christ.” On the other hand, another said, “Leave God out of it. God should be reserved for jokes, not to be given credit for events in your life.” My professor then said, “See? You say you want to witness to these people but what do you have to say to that?” My only response was that I am simply a messenger. That is all that God has called me to be. It is up to the receiver of the message as to whether or not they accept it. I cannot be held responsible for someone’s personal decisions.

While I had been given permission, and even encouraged, to write this memoir from my perspective, my perspective was unacceptable to both this one student and my professor, who I must graciously credit though for humbly apologizing later after my response. But why? Why am I not allowed to give credit to Whom I believe credit is due? Why am I not allowed to believe that there is only One Way to heaven and that Way being Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection? The other students expressed their atheistic or other religious beliefs and it was perfectly acceptable and even commended. But mine were not.

So, I must ask again. Do we still have the freedoms mentioned in the Constitution and Bill of Rights? If so, does everyone have these freedoms or only a select group of people?

I would like to propose an answer to these questions: no.

While we do still (thankfully) have many of these freedoms, some of them are slowly being taken away. And who are they being taken away from? Bible-believing, followers of Jesus Christ.

Why? Why do people have such a hatred for God, the Bible, and Christians? People speak of equality, of acceptance, of tolerance. Why aren’t Christians tolerated? Why isn’t the Bible accepted? Why doesn’t God get at least as much honor and respect as Buddha, Muhammad, or Gandhi?

I have only one answer.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me [Jesus] first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.” John 15:18-19, NIV

“I [Jesus] have given them your [God’s] word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” John 17:14-15, NIV

“Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.” 1 John 3:13, NIV

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2 Responses to “Freedom and the Law”

  1. Meera Says:

    That is good that you write few things about God It may help professors and other students to have their faith back to God little. I know it is not easy to get a faith to God back. It mean have to work very hard to get a faith back from God. I mean depend on Him and to be with Him during good time and bad time.

    Last semester, I took FYS, I wrote about my faith and God on my paper. I wrote, “When I am a stress. I tend to tell pray and go to small church at the SAC to talk to God about my problem. I can’t talk to God in my room because it is mess and too crowed. At the small church, there is a lot of space for me to talk to God.” My professor like my paper.

  2. Casey Says:

    People have the choice to believe in God or deny that He exists, but it is God who has the power to open people’s hearts to accept Him as their Savior or to close people’s hearts if they have chosen to ignore God forever. We just have to pray for our professors and friends that they will be open to God’s love and sacrifice for them and one way we can tell them about God’s love is through what we write. I am proud of you for explaining your convictions in your paper, Meera. Keep it up and do not be discouraged!

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