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Religious Liberty at Stake in Europe

Religious Liberty at Stake in Europe
This month, the U.S. State Department released a report on global religious freedom that highlighted, among other things, the increasing discrimination and abuse of Christians in Europe.

It noted that reported religious violence against Jews and Muslim had decreased significantly in the last year—by nearly 60 percent. However, Christians have reported an increase in discrimination and abuses of almost 20 percent in the same time period year. Some of the recent maltreatment is the result of the current trend toward secularism in Europe.

As Protestant Bible believers, we desire an environment that provides freedom to believe as we choose. Unfortunately, the current religious climate in Europe is relegating faith in the Creator to a relic of the past. In this increasingly hostile environment, the Sabbath remains a strong identifier of a personal God who created our world and who deserves our worship.

The trend in Europe is consistent with the biblical prophetic narrative of the end of time, when religious liberty will be regulated by majority thought. In this time of relative peace, we are exhorted to pray for our leaders and encourage religious liberty. “I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1Timothy 2:1, 2).

As we near the Second Coming, we need to make decisions today to choose to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). Our daily choices today to trust God’s Word and honor His authority by the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath will prepare us for the challenges that we will surely face in the near future.

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