In 1993, the United States Congress requested the first proclamation:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Repre- sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That January 16, 1993, is designated as “Religious Freedom Day,” and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclama- tion calling on the people of the United States to join together to celebrate their religious freedom and to observe the day with appropri- ate ceremonies and activities.
The day is the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom. Thomas Jefferson drafted the legislation and considered it one of his great- est achievements. It stopped the practice of taxing people to pay for the support of the local clergy, and it protected the civil rights of people to express their religious beliefs without suffering discrimination. ~ RFD.com
“Americans are a deeply religious people, and our right to worship as we choose, to follow our own personal beliefs, is the source of much of our Nation’s strength.” ~ President William Clinton, 1998
“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of our Republic, a core principle of our Constitution, and a fundamental human right.” ~ President George W. Bush, 2002
“Faith can bring us closer to one another, and our freedom to practice our faith and follow our conscience is central to our ability to live in harmony.” ~ President Barack Obama, 2010
The latest global findings from the Pew Research Center, released two days before Religious Freedom Day in the United States, show that overall restrictions on religion have reached a six-year high, and Christians are harassed in more countries than any other religious group. ~ Christianity Today
Please visit – Religious Freedom Day for resources to teach your children and community about this vital truth. RFD – shares the following as their goal:
The goal of ReligiousFreedomDay.com is to promote and protect students’ religious expression rights by informing educators, parents, and students about these liberties.
Today is the perfect day to tell you about Angie Smith’s new book, Chasing God.
As I watched a news program the other day, an outspoken atheist declared all religion superstition. The point of the conversation was to compare the words “spiritual” and “religious.”
I’m not a fan of either word, because of the assumptions connected to each.
Jesus is not a religion. He is God in human flesh who wants a living relationship with people.
Most religions are “chasing God.” Angie Smith says it this way, “So many requirements, so many rules, and so much guilt where there is supposed to be freedom.”
She explains that we try to fill in the gaps of our lack of understanding with religiosity and rules, but…
“He’s God. Not a formula.” ~ Angie Smith
It’s okay that we don’t have all the answers. We’re not supposed to, and we make God too small when we try. Our faith is grounded in our need for Him. Recognizing we are sinners, that we will never get it right this side of heaven, and that we are completely dependent upon God’s grace and mercy.
We need to start taking ourselves less seriously, and our God more seriously. The words she said God has whispered to her for years shot right through my heart, “You chase Me because you trust your own legs more than you trust Me.”
If you’re tired of chasing God, or even if you just want to know whether you are a God chaser . . . read this book. I’m a huge fan of Angie’s writing. Not only does she speak beautiful truth, but she does it in a way that makes you feel like your sitting with her sharing a sweet tea.
I want to stop chasing Him, and make it greatest goal to love, trust, and glorify Him.
Let’s talk: Do you think there is confusion between freedom of religion and freedom from religion? What are your thoughts on “chasing God?” Will you join me in praying for believers around the world?
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