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Religious Fear
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011

In Letters to the Editor last week, one of the letters was labeled “Sharia Letters,” to which I will respond. In the context of discussing Sharia Law, D Dianne Eames makes an observation that “there is fear about Sharia Law taking over our legal system.” She speaks of this as though it were some unfounded fear! She states “I have the same fear, but my fear is not about Muslims.” I find it rather amazing to witness such a display of deficiency in knowledge with misplaced fear in the same moment. Her observations about “some Christians that are actually trying to push their religion more and more into our government.” She appears to think of government as somehow exclusively belonging to her and her mutual friends who think the same way. She no doubt may suffer some emotional displacement when she finally discovers that America and the government belongs to millions and millions of people, many of whom would no doubt disagree with her. Both her view of Christianity and the government, somewhere along the way, became disguised and disfigured from what our Founding fathers and Jesus intended. In the first place Christians are not in the habit of dominating people’s lives to the degree of forcing anything. Perhaps surprising to some, neither does the Bible instruct Christians to force their religion on anyone. In the event of ungodly events transpiring in our country, under all circumstances we MUST obey God rather than man. To be a Christian it should be understood that our form of government requires, innately within itself, participating citizens. To better understand simple New Testament Christianity, Christians are simply yielded vessels to God, Him working through them (Philippians 2:13). There is no forcing anyone, rightly living in America, and doing right being forced to do anything. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin and righteousness and judgment to come (John 16:8).Christianity is not the law of God imposed on human life, it is a quality of life exposed and a way of living. One can only have it if in fact you want (desire) it. The Christians who are active in politics are doing what any good citizen is supposed to do.

More to come.

Tommy Clay

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