Chuck Colson’s blog on The Christian Post today is claiming that Christians need to stand up for religious freedom. He argues that we should be standing up against the recent wave of anti-Christianity that he says is sweeping out country.
The Manhattan Declaration covers three areas: life, marriage, and religious freedom. These are the things that the signers feel are under attack and they are not going to take it anymore.
While I agree with most of the things in the declaration, and even think that Christians should stand up for these three areas, I think this declaration is a step in the wrong direction. We need not stand up for our right to preach the gospel, we should just preach it. We are too worried about government restricting our freedoms and ability to do what we believe, we have stopped doing it, in order to fight to be able to do it.
The declaration should be one that simply says, we will follow Jesus, wherever that takes me, even to jail, even to death.
Our country has been wrestling with many issues that religion plays a huge factor in. Let us night be fighting for our own rights in those issues, but let us fight for people to hear about Jesus and to know the love of God.
I encourage you to read the declaration and post your thoughts below. I think most of it is dead on, I just think that we are spending too much time on things like this instead of just simply living out what we believe. I am curious to know what you think.