January 16 is Religious Freedom Day. The First Amendment to the Constitution gives everyone in this country the right to worship—or not—as they choose. Today our religious freedom is at risk. We should have freedom to practice our faith in our neighborhood, schools, businesses and workplaces. If a baker is forced to bake a special cake celebrating something his religion deems sinful or an employee is not allowed to wear a cross or a hijab or whatever symbolizes her faith, religious freedom is being infringed. We need to stand strong for everyone to have freedom of religion or freedom will continue to erode until it’s gone.
Lord God, give Your people wisdom and courage to stand for freedom of religion for ourselves and others. The loss of religious freedom for anyone will lead to the loss of religious freedom for all of us. Open our eyes and hearts. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.