Philippians 2:15-16 “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”

A few weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito made a chilling observation that has been demonstrated time and again in our nation in recent years: “A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”  He went on to state that “we are likely to seep pitched battles in courts and Congress, state legislatures and town halls, but the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.”  Finally, he charged us all with an important challenge: “it is up to all of us to evangelize our fellow Americans about the issue of religious freedom.”

Alito’s comments aren’t a surprise to any of us.  They are, however, an important reminder about the importance of shining as lights in the world.  In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, we are to run our race well.  Regardless of the pitched battles that rage around us, we are to fight for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.  We are to evangelize for religious and spiritual freedom.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE STRENGTH TO RUN AND LABOUR WELL IN OUR DAY REGARDLESS OF THE HEADWINDS WE FACE.  The battle for the hearts and the minds of our fellow citizens is worth the investment of our evangelical fervor.