Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma pointed out some of the problems and challenges that he sees surrounding Christianity in America, saying in an interview this week that he believes many people aren’t actually living their faith out in their everyday lives.
“One of the challenges that I talk to people about within the church is not that the church is not able to live the faith, it’s that individuals within the church are not truly living their faith outside of the church,” Lankford said.
The senator continued, “The more that we practice integrity and practice the basic tenets of our faith, whether we are at home or in our business or whether we are in recreation, we show a constituency of that faith.”
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Lankford added that what truly “makes a difference” is when people see “faith lived out” rather than one person behaving one way at church and acting another in the workplace. His comments serve as an important reminder amid an ever-contentious culture — one in which people are often pressured or at least encouraged to separate their faith from their everyday lives.
As for the state of religious liberty and religious freedom, the senator said that America is in an “odd season,” despite those rights being granted throughout the entirety of American history.
“Now, for some reason, people in our country and this cultural time are becoming afraid of faith and afraid of people of faith,” he said, going on to lament the battle over the separation of church and state.
“People are trying to … say, ‘If you are going to have faith, that is fine to have it but you need to have it in your church, by yourself, with your family. Don’t bring it to your work. Don’t bring it out in conversation. Clearly, don’t bring it out in the public arena,'” he said. “That was never the intention. We have always been a nation that you can not only have a faith but you can live your faith and that is dwindling away at this point as people are becoming afraid of people of faith.”
(H/T: Christian Post)