Today is Religious Freedom Day. According to ReligiousFreedomDay.com,
Each year, the President declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day, and calls upon Americans to “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship.” The day is the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.
My Christian faith is very important to me, and I am so thankful to live in a country where I can practice my faith. There are disturbing trends in this country—bakers losing their businesses because they refuse to bake cakes for ceremonies that violate their beliefs and florists fined exorbitant amounts for not providing flowers for events that conflicts with their faith. If we want to continue to be able to worship—or not—as we please, we must stand for religious freedom.
Lord God, thank You for the religious freedom we have in this country. Please give us the will, the strength, and the wisdom to keep it. And we pray for people around the world who do not have freedom to practice their own religions as they see fit. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.