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New Mexico Court: Follow Law of the Land Before Law of God

"And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together ... all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So ... the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then a herald cried aloud: 'To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” - Daniel 3:2-6

In an alarming display of judicial overreach and political activism, a New Mexico state court has decided, in effect, that the law of the land trumps the law of God. When an Albuquerque photographer declined to photograph a lesbian couple's "commitment ceremony," charges of discrimination and "human rights" violations were raised and, unbelievably, validated by the court.  One of the justices, Richard Bosson, said the Christian photographers were “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.” Justice Bosson went on to write, "This case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others” [emphasis added]. He also made clear that, in the opinion of the court, (to put it in my words) Christians have a right to believe in the Bible but cannot allow that belief to influence their conduct if that conduct might offend someone else.

In other words, I am allowed to believe the Bible but I'm just not allowed to live in the way the  Bible instructs me to live out in public because someone might get offended. In a manner of speaking, that is exactly what Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon told the officials gathered on the plain of Dura so many years ago. That is of interest to us because gathered on that plain were three men who served the God of Israel and who believed His Word and Law trumped all decrees and court decisions. They did not mount a political protest, however - they stood. That's all they did - they stood. Yet, by standing upright and refusing to give in to the "law of the land" they set themselves apart.

You know the rest of the story - how God delivered them from the flames of Nebuchadnezzar's pit - and, so, are we ready for this type of test? Are we prepared to stand when we are compelled to bow? I am not encouraging political activism here (I certainly don't think it is wrong to challenge and speak out against these unjust decisions) because the fight we are in will NOT be won with ballots and protest signs. We are in a spiritual battle and we, therefore, must employ spiritual weapons. It is time to equip ourselves with the whole armor of God that we might be able to stand in that day. Don't look down; look up!

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Article from The Blaze

Article from Todd Starnes

3 Responses to For What Its Worth

  1. Jason Piotrowski says:

    If YHWH before us who can go against us? Is YHWH powerful enough to protect those who love him and keep his commandments? Then why would YHWH allow this to happen? Did he not save the young men from the penalty Nebuchadnezzar had established? We live in a time when we see this occurrence happening more and more, lawlessness is increasing and love is growing cold. Is that because we don’t stand up for what we believe or give enough money to support those who fight these legal battles? Personally I think not. I am not talking out of arrogant superiority or of a self-perception of perfection, but one who knows his short comings well, and has a reverent fear of YHWH’s judgement! It’s time for us to open our eyes no longer pick and choose what we are willing to stand up for and cast aside all of his other commandments, as if they aren’t important (James 2:8-12). It is just my opinion but I feel that YHWH is fed up with our own righteousness which is filthy rags, and is calling us to walk in his complete righteousness and Torah which is the law of liberty! Until we do he will continue to allow these things to increase so that we open our eyes, otherwise he will gives us over to our own depraved minds.

  2. Tammy Bush says:

    Well said brother Bill. Compromise is not an option. I am often reminded of the verse that says there are some who have a form of godliness on the outside, but are ravenous wolves on the inside. I respect this man for standing for his faith, and I pray we awake and really see this is happening all around us today. How long can a nation spit in YHWH’s face and He not hide His face from us? I hope and pray revival, a return to YHWH’s ancient covenantal ways, but I wonder if we have reached that point in Rom. 1 where He just hands us over to what we desire. Our poor children 🙁

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