No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. - Jesus in Matthew 6:24
A bill that would tell pastors that they don't have to denounce their faith or face criminal charges was vetoed. A bill that would protect churches, their ministries, and their people from having to denounce their faith or face penalties and charges was vetoed. It is very clear. Christians can only be openly practicing Christians in today's America if they'll embrace the secularized, sanitized version of "Christianity" that culture is peddling. And if you hold to your Bible, you're considered out of touch, or worse, a hate monger and a "_______phobe" (you fill in the blank).
Despite uninformed protests, no public services would be denied with this bill. A person's water or power can't be turned off if they're gay. JC Penny can't refuse to sell a shirt or dress to a homosexual person because of their sexual orientation. The Braves can't refuse to let homosexuals buy tickets. Ford can't refuse to sell a truck to a homosexual. Those that recognize this truth will call it the "slippery slope" that'll lead to this kind of discrimination while refusing to apply that same "slippery slope" logic to other political and social issues. For Christians, we see what happened to the locally owned bakery in Oregon and we can read the tea leaves. We see what happened in Kentucky. We see that right now our Judicial Branch of government is writing laws which is adverse to our Constitution and their enumerated powers. So we understand "slippery slope."
There is no doubt Governor Deal was hit with enormous amounts of pressure on this issue. The threat of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of revenue supposedly leaving your state is a weight not easily bore. He had to certainly be considering what it would look like. How would this bill effect the states economy and working families? I get all of that. I really do. That said, that's why you run for Governor. You run to make the tough decisions. And if you run on a Christian platform, Christians are going to expect you to remain on it when we give you our vote.
What's so tragic about Deal's decision is he essentially signaled that indeed protecting pastors, churches, and people of faith would be discriminating against members of the LGBT community. Nothing could be further from the truth. I want to know why the Governor and the LGBT community is discriminating against Christians and churches? They claim we're repressing their rights to be accepted. Christians know all too well how that feels. A homosexual couple does not have the right and should not be able to bankrupt a family and their business simply because that family doesn't want to bake a wedding cake for their wedding ceremony which most assuredly runs contrary to the scriptures they hold to. But a bill providing that kind of protection got vetoed.
That's the bill that had the NFL, Disney, Universal, Coca Cola, and more threatening to leave the state. If you have not figured it out yet, you're head is in deeper and far beyond the proverbial sand. The days of religious freedom are numbered. These companies do not care what the Bible says or for your right to devoutly hold to it. And they're not afraid to use the power of the dollar to keep you at bay. What these companies officially did was illegally blackmail and threaten the Governor of Georgia in the public spectrum into making a decision and he caved. They essentially put a simple decision to Governor Deal: keep the bill and lose our business; veto the bill and we'll stay in your state. Faced with the choice of faith or finances, Governor Deal chose money. And you can't serve both . . .
Some argue that Georgia couldn't afford to lose all of those businesses. I've got news for you. We wouldn't have lost all of those businesses. It's called bluffing. But what if we did? Good riddance. I happen to believe that God honors people of faith and provides for them when they stand upon His Word. Take Chick-fil-A for example. They lead the fast food business in practically every important category besides only being open six days a week and proudly supporting and pushing Christian principles. Remember that boycott and a few states saying they weren't allowed to put businesses in their states? How'd that turn out?
When money begins controlling the moral sphere of influence and deciding the extent of religious liberties, we're all in trouble. Everyone wrestles with the power of money, such is the warning from the Bible, "for the love of money is the root of all evil." Yes. Yes it is . . . What we need now more than ever is more Christian entrepreneurs. What we need now is more Bible practicing and Bible believing Christians in politics from the local level to the state level, even to the national level.
I've weighed several times myself trying to get involved in some way in the political arena. Maybe it's time to act upon that . . .
It's time to take a good look at the pocketbook. It's time to rethink how we spend our money. The companies we continue to support through stocking up on their products are taking our money and influencing policies against us. It's impossible to boycott every company that has sin in it. I'd never suggest that. But there is a difference in a secular business being secular and a secular business attempting to influence religious principles and morality. That crosses a line and should be scrutinized in every home and in the government as well.
Jesus' words are coming true yet again. Christian, you can't serve God and money. You can't let your money, your wants, and your "needs" become more important in your life than your faith. Put God first, and He'll bless. His promises are true. I've tried them and proved them more times than I can count. Let us not be as the five foolish virgins in the parable Jesus told in Matthew 25. We need to pay attention to the times and our faith or else when the day comes for His return or your meeting Him through death, the outcome will not be welcomed.
Plain and simple, Christians must become wiser with our finances. We must truly determine if we control them or if they control us. Governor Deal gave us his answer. What's yours?