Public Affairs and Religious Liberty

 

Religious liberty is something that most people take for granted. We think we live in a country that provides freedom to all and protects each of our rights to live, work and worship the way we choose. This, sadly enough, is not the case. Each year many people face the loss of their jobs because they want to keep Sabbath. Many of these suffer in silence because they do not know what else to do.

Each year we support a Religious Liberty promotion in our churches. For most it is just an advertisement for a magazine. Some see it simply as another offering to which they are asked to give. Even pastors don’t fully understand all that this Religious Liberty promotion involves even though they are informed in a ministers’ meeting prior to the campaign.

We strive to continue educating our members concerning the important work of the Religious Liberty Department. Should you face being fired for not working on Sabbath, you need to know that you don’t have to go it alone. You have a family here in Arizona that is 16,000 strong. They will stand behind you! You are also part of a larger world family.
They, too, stand behind you!

Each year this department helps 20 to 30 individuals with Sabbath-related issues here in Arizona. While this may not sound like a lot, what if you were among those 20 or 30? Remember also that the testing of our religious liberties is not just confined to work scheduling issues. Students in Arizona are still pressured to take examinations on the Sabbath. What a source of comfort to know there are laws that provide for alternative arrangements.

Each day the world challenges our beliefs. God is calling a people who will love Him enough to stand for the right even though it may cost us something. He is faithful to care for us. Our job is to be faithful and to trust Him.

I am asking you to help our Arizona Conference members. If you know of someone who is facing a Sabbath issue at work or at school, encourage that person to contact his or her pastor for help. There are pre-formulated letters on the Conference website that can be downloaded for you to give to your employer or your school. And if your situation requires something more, please contact the Conference Office. Someone will be willing to help.

God bless each one of you as we continue to live for God and stand up for good.

 

    Greg Jones, Director