Life throws everyone a curve-ball now and then. In the Russian Federation Freedom of religion became a right for citizens.
The interesting way of enforcing additional extremism laws has basically said you can have anyone of the approved religions.
If you don’t accept that basic rule and want to follow another belief system, make certain it doesn’t present any of criticism the approved churches, promotes the government and approves of things directly condemned in the Bible.
Jesus words to his disciples on being no part of the world emphasize the need to remain politically neutral. We also know that he didn’t promote interfaith and never minced his words when condemning hypocrisy.
There are some very simple words from a 1st century academic that really apply here (Acts 5:37-39) . . .. 38 So under the present circumstances, I say to you, do not meddle with these men, but let them alone. For if this scheme or this work is from men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. Otherwise, you may even be found fighters against God himself.”
Yes governments may not recognize God’s Kingdom and they are prepared to fight against it but we must remember our real freedom comes from God.
Joseph Stalin – Adolf Hitler, the Chinese regime plus all Islamic countries have attempted to stop the evangelical work of Jehovah’s Witnesses a simple ban will not affect their resolve. Remember their adage is: (Acts 5:28, 29) . . .” 29 In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.
Also think on these things: (Jeremiah 1:18, 19) 18 For today I have made you a fortified city, An iron pillar, and copper walls against all the land, Toward the kings of Judah and her princes, Toward her priests and the people of the land. 19 And they will certainly fight against you, But they will not prevail against you, For ‘I am with you,’ declares Jehovah, ‘to save you.’”
Faith based on these assurances can’t be broken by the will of human governments. However if my faith were criminalized by the government would it stand the test? Millions of Russians, Chinese, Germans and Christians in Islamic countries prove how easy it is to break their resolve.
Tomorrow the case against the witnesses picks up again after today’s adjournment.
Using Extremism legislation has the potential to silence the Media and Religion across the world so watch the space it will be interesting.