LCRL Bulletin Blurbs – February, 2020
February 2, 2020
The Supreme Court is set to hear two major cases regarding religious liberty in the new year. It will hear appeals by two Catholic schools that are facing lawsuits from former teachers who allege the schools terminated them for age and disability reasons in violation of federal law. The schools say their decisions about employees who perform religious functions are protected by the First Amendment. See https://on.wsj.com/2FC1pIv for more information. Text “LCRL” to “444999” to receive the twice weekly “Word from the Center” devotions and informational pieces.
February 9, 2020
“Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. So, as you go about your daily life, just be ready. Because you’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith; you’re going to be asked to endorse them. You’re going to be asked to bow down to the idols of the popular culture. So, you need to prepare your minds for action, men and women. You need to show that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time through words and deeds. And you need to be prepared to meet opposition.” – Vice President Mike Pence, remarks at Liberty University. Text “LCRL” to “444999” to receive the twice weekly “Word from the Center” devotions and informational pieces.
February 16, 2020
“In Jesus, this light has shown upon us. Our sin is exposed. Our death is deserved. But as the light of life pierces the darkness in which we lay, one very simple, yet truly profound gift is given. His glory rises upon us! His love shines upon us and we are given what we don’t deserve—life!” – Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador, assistant coordinator for LCMS Stewardship Ministry. Text “LCRL” to “444999” to receive the twice weekly “Word from the Center” devotions and informational pieces.
February 23, 2020
In our first few years of work here in Washington, D.C., we have learned much. We have learned that good government supports and empowers people while bad government controls and stifles people. “Census decrees” and laws have their God-ordained place in our lives. We also have learned that government unfortunately has an insatiable appetite to manage virtually every aspect of people’s lives, even areas of conscience and faith. We have seen that appetite on display when government and regulatory forces try to stifle the public voice of the Church in its work of proclaiming God’s moral ordering of the world in its schools, universities, pro-life clinics, and adoption agencies. Some have even challenged the public legitimacy of a Christian’s right to proclaim God’s unique salvation of the world in the person and work of Jesus alone. For more information, please see http://lcrlfreedom.org/.