A Bible is among the books on a shelf in the conference room at Holy Resurrection Monastery in St. Nazianz. Photo shot Jan. 29, 2013. Benjamin Wideman/HTR Media
EDITOR: The U.S. Constitution states that the U.S. citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It also states that the government shall not infringe on religious beliefs. But if religious beliefs infringe on the right of a citizen to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness, then the government has the right to interfere.
However, the U.S. Constitution does not define sin. The Founding Fathers left that up to God.
Webster defines sin as the violation of religious laws. The U.S. Supreme Court, which has limited powers, determines whether or not laws passed by elected representatives violate the U.S. Constitution. But it is not the "supreme" court. Most Christians know that they will ultimately answer to the real supreme court. The Apostle Peter said in Acts 5:20, "We must obey God rather than man."
God stated that the deliberate killing of another human being is a sin. Abortion is the deliberate killing of the most innocent and vulnerable human beings. God said in both the Old and the New Testaments that homosexuality is a sin. When we give consent to the homosexual lifestyle we are in direct opposition to God.
Christians will be persecuted for taking a stand on these issues, but they have always been persecuted. The church we attend tries to teach what is written in the Bible and tries to refrain from rewriting it or from telling God he is wrong.