By Rev. Mark H. Creech, The Christian Post.
I once knew a pastor who has since passed away, who was always concerned his parishioners understood and appreciated the privileges of religious liberty. One Sunday, during the celebration of a July 4th weekend, he totally surprised his congregation with a living illustration.
During his sermon, two Sheriff’s Deputies suddenly appeared at the door of the foyer, walked down the middle isle of the sanctuary, and preceded to the front of the church. Interrupting the pastor’s sermon, they stepped up on the platform and stood next to him at the pulpit. One deputy called the pastor’s name and told him he was under arrest. They cuffed him and then read his Miranda Rights, saying, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?” The pastor then timidly responded, “No, not until I speak with my lawyer.”
At that point, people started to catch on to what was really happening. The pastor showed them what life could be like for Christians if it were not for the blessings of religious freedom. I was told it was a dramatic lesson that congregation could never forget.
In todays “me first” world, how many Sisters and Brothers in Christ are willing to stand up for their faith? I wonder.