From our friends at Young Patriots
A Tennessee Judge just ruled that a 7-month-old baby who was given the name “Messiah” have his name legally changed to “Mario.” This judge ruled that only one person has ever earned the title of Messiah and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”
I read this out loud to my (Christian) husband, who was driving us home from vacation and said, “Isn’t that awesome?”
“No,” he said. “That’s big government. Telling you what you can or can’t name your child.”
That really got me thinking. Is it hypocritical for me to fight for limited government and then rejoice when Judges make legal decisions based on the Christian faith? I think the answer is…yes.
It’s tricky. Our nation was founded on freedom, but it was founded by Christians who wrote the law in alignment with Biblical values. The Christian in me rejoices that any government employee would say that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, in public. But, the freedom fighter in me says…it wasn’t appropriate for a judge to make a ruling about a baby’s name based on her own religious beliefs.
I rejoice any time the name of Jesus is exalted. And I definitely do treasure the fact that Christianity was built into our nation’s DNA. I’m not one of these “freedom FROM religion” people. But, I just think that a judge making a religious call over a child’s name might be pushing it. Then again, my initial reaction was “Isn’t this awesome!?” so what do I know.
Weigh in. What’s more important – a government that protects religious symbolism or a government that names your kids for you?