Sin vs. Righteousness – and the Law



By Tracey Lee, Esq.

The Constitution of the United States of America was founded on the belief that we are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  We are, however, at a cultural crossroad; a religious divide as in the days of Lot.  We must decide between truth and distortion. I never imagined living in a time where we would debating gender identity, freedom to pray in public spaces, slaughtering babies at-will, governments telling parents they don’t have the right to know what their children are being taught in school, non-parental consent of sexual confusion indoctrination in the public schools, governments claiming children are wards of the state and not under the guidance of their parents; elected officials claiming drag ceremonies should be in every classroom, and the list of immoral craziness and debauchery goes on.

Romans 1:28 says

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not fitting,”

When we see elected officials, from Michigan voting to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, and seeking to codify the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) to legalize same-sex marriage, it is clear we are living in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. The good news is it doesn’t last. When Nero chose to rule the nation by following after the reprobate lusts of his flesh, the nation crumbled. 

We can preserve the religious freedoms upon which this great country was built if people of faith

  • educate themselves and fight to win these issues 
  • obtain positions of public office and serve with courage and integrity;
  • focus on truth rather than gender pronoun confusion; and
  • appeal to values rather than affiliations

People too often frame issues as either Republican verses Democrat or Traditionalist verses Progressive.  The real conflict, though, is sin versus righteousness.  As cultural influencers define progress as getting further away from God and running towards sin, examples of government intrusion and persecution of sincerely held religious beliefs continue to exponentially increase.  This is especially so on issues relating to the definition of marriage, the definition of sex, and respect for the life of unborn babies.  We see similar intrusion and persecution in the way the Michigan Supreme Court and the United State Supreme Court decides cases impacting civil rights and religious liberties. It is comforting to see, however, faith-based attorneys winning these battles on every level.  I pray they continue to do so as we stay prayed up and prepared to engage the culture.

Tracey Lee is a Michigan based attorney at law.  She is the former Chair of the State Bar of Michigan, Religious Liberty Law Section.

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