We Live in a Mindless, Authoritarian Age – Exhibit #236,904.
Consider the argument… um… statement made on these signs. Who is the one advocating that bosses must be forced—at the point of a government gun—to pay for what goes on in these ladies’ bedrooms?
Oh, yeah, it’s the Floozy Flukettes in this very picture!
I agree with the signs: Get bosses out of the bedroom. and politicians out of the bedroom, and Supreme Court justices out of the bedroom! Stop government from coercing people to do and pay for things the Constitution does not authorize.
Let freedom ring!
You want birth control—pay for it yourself! Problem solved. You don’t have a right to force someone else to purchase what you want. Period.
But then there is this from Trevin Wax at the Gospel Coalition:
Last year, a record number of Americans (1 in 3) said the first amendment goes too far in the freedom it promises. Just as a reminder, that amendment ensures not only religious liberty but also free speech. And here’s a foreboding statistic:
Most likely to believe the First Amendment goes too far are Americans under 30 years old, African-Americans, and Latinos.
So, how do we navigate this shifting landscape of views on morality, freedom, and religiosity?
We should start by recognizing that the narrow majority of the Supreme Court doesn’t reflect the majority of our population. The Sexual Revolution has introduced assumptions and “givens” into our thought processes today, making religious liberty objections seem increasingly odd or fanciful.
Consider this. A generation ago, a person’s religious observance was a public matter, a defining characteristic of one’s identity, while a person’s sexual activity was something private. Today, this situation is reversed. A person’s sexual behavior is now considered a defining characteristic of identity, a public matter to be affirmed (even subsidized) by others, while religious observance is private and personal, relegated to places of worship and not able to infringe upon or impact the public square.
The culture clash today is less about the role of religion in business or politics, and more about which vision of humanity best leads to flourishing and should therefore be enshrined in or favored by law.
As evangelicals, we can’t rely on the courts; we have to be in conversations. Not the kind of conversation where we debate the merits of a particular case or where we seek to back opponents into a corner, but the kind of gentle persuasion that rises from a joyful exuberance in one’s faith and a hopeful confidence for the future.
Most of all, our words should be backed up by lives of happy holiness and genuine wholeness, where love is not something we talk about, but something we display. Our friends and neighbors may still disagree with us, but let’s at least give them examples of what authentic life in God’s kingdom looks like. Then, whenever we refuse to bow the knee, perhaps they’ll see our defiance toward Caesar is really devotion to King Jesus.
We’ve got a lot of work to do.