Today is National Religious Freedom Day. January 16 is the anniversary of the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom as written by Thomas Jefferson. The original statute disestablished the Church of England in the state of Virginia, guaranteeing religious freedom for all citizens, regardless of their religion.
Now, in 2020, the Statute’s legacy lives on in the form of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
The USCIRF seeks to raise awareness of international instances of persecution and give voice to groups whose religious freedom has not been protected. And as of this December, they’ve been reauthorized to keep up their work for another three years.
In the words of Voice of the Martyrs USA’s Todd Nettleton, “They will continue to shed light on incidences of persecution or abuse of religious freedom and other countries and really help our government here in the U.S. continue to make this a part of our foreign policy.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the success of the USCIRF in the next three years.
- Ask God to give voice to persecuted groups around the world.
- Thank Him for the bipartisan reauthorization of the USCIRF.