Freedom of Religion Is it secure?
Our first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, how secure is it with all the fighting to change its meaning or eliminate it all together? We felt the themes of freedom to worship as each of us wished, until the factions who are in the minority in this country complained about the Pledge of Allegiance, praying in schools, tearing down symbols such as the Ten Commandments, and other entities we grew up with are an insult to a few.
For several years the citizens of the United States have been putting up with these radical minorities who probably do not pray, or vote, and feel they have the right to displace the status quo of the rest.
To vote for those we hope will fight dissidents' attempts to make a new country by changing the rules of conduct that have been established through the loss of blood by our forefathers has now become the same struggle with new adversaries. We fought Great Britain who felt this virgin country was theirs and they would finally be defeated by minutemen, crossing the Delawre, confronting them on battlefields, and dumping their tea into Boston Harbor. The success came at a large price of many lives, but ever since 1776 we have prevailed.
A new challenge now presents itself, a desire to change our way of speaking, worshiping, and printing the truth in newspapers and books of all types. Could this ever become law in a country like ours? Absolutely! Think back not too many years when printed material, including bibles, was confiscated and burned. Are we on the very edge of losing all we believe and the possible closing of our churches? It is certain that when the ability to preach the essence of God the end is hanging on the rim of society and all that is holy.
Dreams sometimes bring out the possibilities of viewing some of these truths that do not promise peace, but predict that what is looming will create disaster for believers in God and the need to worship him. Last night, May 18, 2022, I was in a church carrying a Ciborium with consecrated hosts. Somehow I was a bishop or higher, without vestments, and was confronted by several men who appeared to represent the hierarchy, but also wore no clerical garb. My emotions were tenuous and the strength to subdue my crying was no use. The major problem became the inability to reason with this group and I realized they were the new clergy who would not allow the Eucharist to be placed within the tabernacle. My position had become the symbol of the church that was left struggling to retain our faith at any cost. I now know the tears were the sadness of all believers and the stern disallowment of the pseudo clergy was the world removing all connection with Jesus Christ and tearing down the last semblance of faith on earth.
Could this be a sign of what we shall experience as the signs of the times are surfacing.
Ralph B. Hathaway, A dream that stands as future desecration to the Church.