Religious Liberty

From its birth, America was founded on biblical principles. There was no confusion in the minds of the Founding Fathers about the role of faith in politics or about the critical role faith should play in the American democratic experiment. As John Adams famously wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  In recent years, however, Americans have been misled by the false doctrine that there must be a total “separation of church and state.” While the First Amendment to our US Constitution does not contain that oft-quoted phrase, it does say the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  It is the “free exercise” clause that protects our right to preach, teach, pray, worship, evangelize, and engage in the full work of the gospel. However, not everyone in our society today values these freedoms. In fact, there are those who would greatly diminish them. It is our duty, then, to use the “shield” of law and public policy to keep the door to the market place of ideas open for Christians to share and live out their faith publicly.

MFI Helps Reopen the Church in MA

When pastors and priests all over Massachusetts were ready to resume in person services and masses, MFI was there to help. Ahead of the roll out of Governor Baker’s phased reopening of the state hundreds of clergy members aided by MFI urged the governor in a letter to “swiftly and publicly” recognize churches as essential and to include them in the first phase of his plan. At the same time MFI was working behind the scenes with Pastor Chris Casey in Worcester, after city officials told him he had to limit his church services. Listen to Pastor Casey tell the story below.