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Faith in God is a vital part of a strong, free society

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Thursday, January 05, 2017 05:01 am
Recently, I read an article on the Indianapolis WISH TV website entitled, “Transgendered Woman Harassed; Seeks Changes in State Law.” The alleged victim felt her mistreatment so severe it called for a new state law since the police failed to act in a satisfactory manner. An Indiana state senator was more than happy to do what legislators do — offer the solution of more government. Indeed, the most disturbing portion of the article was a description of the specific alleged act that “required” the new law. The alleged victim said her neighbor was “calling her names and waving a Bible.”

I’ll be the first to say that, if true, this is not my definition of Christ-like behavior or an effective means of loving our neighbor as ourselves. But is it criminal? Is it worthy of state action? The answer is only “yes” for those who consider people of faith a plague upon society.

I have witnessed the left spend a great deal of time attempting to thus marginalize people of faith and demonize Christians in particular. Yet, as Dr. Eric Schansberg of Indiana University Southeast alluded to in a recent address to the Indiana Policy Review Foundation (and that exit polling confirms) Christians played an enormous role in the recent election of the Trump-Pence ticket. Dr. Schansberg offered keen insight at the macro level as to what they must now do to preserve liberty.

And Adm. Daniel Gard, president of Concordia University in Chicago, addressing the same seminar, offered outstanding observations at the micro level, explaining the challenges we face in today’s increasingly anti-faith culture, on our dutiful response as people of faith, or the faith-friendly, living in today’s postmodern America.

For faith in God is a vitally important component of a strong and free society. We need only look one place to see this — charity. Were it not for people of faith, America’s vast safety net would be little more than a lone thread labeled “government.”

Our founders knew this. A quote from Patrick Henry sums it up nicely: “The great pillars of all government and of social life (are) virtue, morality and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”

Micah Clark is executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana. He wrote this at the request of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation.  

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