St Johns Lutheran Church Willow Creek

Connecting People to Jesus in Rural Minnesota

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Pastor John Bennett
If you’ve paid much attention to the news in the past few years, perhaps you’ve noticed that the 1st Amendment right guarantying the free exercise of religion isn’t as free as it used to be. In fact, there seems to be an all-out war that is being waged against the Christian faith by liberal activist organizations and even federal judges. Most notable have been two separate issues involving religious freedom. The first involves several recent court decisions have made it unlawful for business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples on the basis of their religious convictions by labeling such refusals of service as discrimination. The other involves issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obama-care, requiring employers to provide health coverage that includes contraceptives.

To date multiple suits have been filed in federal court challenging this requirement. The most notable is the case regarding Hobby Lobby. On the basis of religious convictions the owners of Hobby Lobby have refused to offer contraceptives, and as a result have been heavily penalized by the Obama administration. But the issue isn’t just about contraceptives. The law requires a broad range of coverage including devices and drugs that don’t prevent conception, but rather cause the miscarriage of an embryo, such as the “Morning After Pill,” and are in essence a category of medicine referred to as abortifacients. For those with firm pro-life convictions on the basis of faith, such as the owners of Hobby Lobby, this is a problem.

But the attacks against people of faith doesn’t stop there. Whether it’s court rulings from activist judges, bills on Capitol Hill that attack Christian liberty, or the blatant mockery from the entertainment industry, there’s a war being waged against the Christian faith. Even the passing of the new “anti bullying” bill in Minnesota is an attack on the Christian faith, for it requires children to be taught that same-sex unions are acceptable, which plainly defies the teachings of the Christian faith.

But in the midst of all this, I did come across a ray of hope. Last week, while going in to browse at Scheel’s, I came across the sign below. It’s refreshing to find that a local business is bold in proclaiming the Resurrection of our Lord!

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