Christians and the First Amendment

Buffalo Federal Courthouse, Buffalo New York

Buffalo Federal Courthouse, Buffalo New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just read a report about Christians who were passing out Christian tracts on a public street during an Italian festival in Buffalo and were banned from doing so. Here’s the link:

The First Amendment allows us (yes, even Christians) free speech on public property. You are permitted to hand out tracts and witness your faith to people on public property.


In this instance the Buffalo police stopped the Christian, took his tracts and threatened him with jail if he did not stop. A federal law suit has been filed concerning this denial of the Constitutional rights of Gregory Owen.

This isn’t the first time such a thing has happened. In Dearborn, Michigan, a case rose when authorities tried to prevent a minister from speaking in public. The city had just been ordered to pay $100,000 for violating the rights of a Christian. In this minister’s case, they  demanded the minister sign a ‘hold harmless‘ agreement which essentially gave up the rights of the minister. This, too, is going to court.

It’s happening more frequently.

It’s not a good sign.

The Bible says:

“He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.”
(Acts 10:42 NIV)

It is part of our being disciples of Jesus to witness to others about Jesus and his saving grace, his love, his gift of life eternally. And if you truly know you are his follower, and have been forgiven, you WANT to tell others. It’s the greatest news there is!

Not everyone must give his or her witness on the public street. We should want to share Jesus with friends, family, people we do business with, our mailman, banker, even our doctor.

I hope to write another post about what God expects of us in our witness. But consider what he said in Acts 10. “He commanded us to preach…”

About tannngl

Believer (God the Father, the Son and Messiah, the Holy Spirit), daughter, wife, mother, memaw, RN, hobbit, street evangelist I love people, music, reading, praying, studying the Bible, keeping up with national news and politics. I am a strict constructionist, a true American. I love my country. I honor her warriors. I am thankful for our Constitution and will personally bear arms for it.
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