The name of Jesus is without a doubt the most controversial name in human history.
The US Supreme Court, which seems to be the moral compass of a secular, mostly anti-Christian country, will now look at the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway/Stephens.
The court will decide whether it is constitutional for someone to open a public meeting with a prayer addressed to the God of the Bible, and whether this constitutes the endorsement of Christianity by government.
A couple in Greece, NY, have made it a 5-year fight to stop public prayers, especially in the name of Jesus. Even though the town has brought in non-Christian clergy to perform opening prayers, the plaintiffs are still upset that non believers have to hear the name of Jesus mentioned at the start of a city-council meeting when a Christian prays.
They hate God and therefore they hate Jesus. They cannot bear to hear to hear the name of Jesus uttered in their presence. They are rabidly fighting in this spiritual conflict on the side of darkness.
As Gospel-believing Christians we are not surprised nor shocked at this development. In fact there is a good possibility that the Supreme Court will give in and ban the prayer in the name of Jesus at public meetings throughout the US.
Jesus foretold us about these things. He said:
“And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Mark 13:13
He also told us about “bringing you before kings and governors for my names’ sake” Luke 21:12
But no matter how hard the anti-Christian sentiment becomes, the Bible tells us that there will come a point when “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…” Phil 2:10
In the mean time, when you mention the name of Jesus in a public declaration be aware that you are engaging in spiritual warfare. Assume the entire spiritual armor found in Ephesians 6, and be prepared for controversy and attacks.
You are not alone in this. The Holy Spirit is with you to deliver you to victory.
image credit Heather Ainsworth
I’m not surprised, Delight.
A court where killing innocent young children has been legal for the past 40 years is bound to do anything. If this passes, the local City Board will no longer be able to open with prayer in Jesus name. Also, the Christian prayer that ended “in Jesus name,” given by my son at his public school graduation only a few months ago, would probably be nixed.
Thank you for your closing words of encouragement. God will never leave us or forsake us. No matter what we face we cannot be separated from His great love.
So much evil going on and, yet, the saints go marching in.
Many of us are quite disappointed at the current make-up of the court, Chris. I have doubts that John Roberts is the conservative we initially thought he was… There really are only 3 conservatives on the court right now…
We could use 7 like Justice Scalia.
i’ll say yes to more Scalia’s. What a sewer we have for a government. This highly exalted pillar of justice, excuse me,—— I just barfed. This is the same institution that ruled in 1857 in Dred Scoot v. Sanford that Scott could not bring a suit in Federal court because African Americans , whether enslaved or free, were not U.S. citizens at the time the Constitution was adopted.
As far as the use of “In Jesus name,” the two ladies who brought the original suit were only listening to their god and his cohorts. Open rancor for a Savior whom they will by choice never know. How sad in deed.
Oh my goodness….things are getting scarier by the day!
As if we need the Supreme Court to tell us how to pray…Who cares what their vote turns out to be…We have been praying in His name way before (about 2K years) they’ll ever vote and will continue to do so long after too.. 🙂