30 Days of Gratitude – Day 17

St. Martin's Lutheran church
St. Martin's Lutheran church
St. Martin’s Lutheran church

U.S Constitution, Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

St Paul's Episcopal church
St. Paul’s Episcopal church

Today I’m grateful for the first part of the First Amendment. To be able to worship the way we want, how we want in this country is a great freedom.

St Stanislaus Kostka Basilica church
St. Stanislaus Kostka Basilica

I can’t imagine how much harder it would be to show our faith and follow Christ if it weren’t for this freedom.   To have to meet in secret; to be threatened with injury, torture, or even death because of what you believe … it’s almost unfathomable but it happens every day in other countries of the world.

Wesley United Methodist church
Wesley United Methodist church

The different religions of the world don’t always agree.  Christians don’t always agree.  For that matter, Lutherans (which we consider ourselves) don’t always agree.  I’m not going to debate which religion is “right” today … I just want to point out that the religions of this country are as diverse as the people of this country.

St. John's Catholic Church
St. John’s Catholic Church

Did you exercise your freedom of religion today?

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