Freedom of religion in America has always been a sketchy thing that is mostly defined by the dominant or most populace religious presence. We have a number of laws that restrict religious practices (animal sacrifice, drug use, polygamy, etc…) that are offensive to the ideals of what was once America’s predominant religious group, and those who have religious practices that deviate from that ‘norm’ have always faced restriction and persecution for it. A quick look at American history shows that very clearly. Usually such restriction is couched in terms of “what is good for the community”, and while there is often some truth in that the fact remains that if the majority religion shared the beliefs that are being restricted it is extremely unlikely that the practices of those beliefs would be restricted or that such restriction would thought of as “what is good for the community”. Faith in Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, and the Final Judge of man is no longer the dominant religious presence in this country and has not been for quite some time now. Many who read this will think I am talking about things like Atheism, the new age movement, welfare, etc…, but those things are just results of a church that has long been in the practice of placing its faith in denominational doctrines and liturgies over following Jesus. Such things are the result of a church that has tried to get others to follow its doctrines and liturgies rather than or more than proclaiming the gospel of Jesus. If all the people who have given their time, voices, and money to fight for a legal change (abortion, marriage, speech, etc…) had instead spent those resources and raised their voices to proclaim the gospel and make disciples as Jesus commanded in our own streets, homes, and lives would all of these other fights be so desperately and consistently failing? Religion has been given precedence and is still being precedence over faith and in the vast majority of churches in America. It is a truth that is ignored as we spend countless days and inestimable resources fighting to make others do what we see as right. Many of the things we fight for are good things to fight for, but we have to ask the question: WHY am I fighting? It may be a good thing to fight for or against, but are you fighting it the way Jesus wants you to, or does He even want you to fight it? Go to Jesus and ask Him what you are really fighting for and why you are fighting. Ask Him for wisdom in what He wants you to do. Don’t fall back on the repetitive and often trite answers your church politicians and leaders have given you. However good or right those leaders may be we have to understand that when our days here are done we answer to God and God alone for what he have and have not done.