Religious freedom in the U.S.

We have a lot of freedoms in the United States and one of those is freedom of religion. The United States Constitution guarantees that you can choose your religion and that the Congress cannot establish a "state church." The first amendment of the US Constitution says that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion to prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Because the United States has freedom of religion, you will notice a lot of different churches and religious groups. On your campus, you may see Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, and many more. You will probably also meet people who say they are Atheist, believing in no God.

In the USA, we are encouraged to respect each other, no matter what religion we are. We live together in peace and can have honest open discussions. The Bible encourages us to do the same. Romans 12:18 says, "Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone."

Sometimes, certain groups will try to talk to you about their religion and may even show up at your door and ask to discuss God. A lot of their terms will be similar to biblical Christianity, but they may have different meanings for the words. They might also have different religious books, other than the Bible. It may feel like they are pushing their religion on you. You can be respectful and tell them you do not want to discuss religion with them. It is okay to say, "No thank you" and that is not disrespectful. You do not need to let them into your home or dorm room. If you have questions about the particular group, talk to your ISI staff person to find out more information.

The framers of the United States Constitution were godly men who wanted to found the nation on biblical principles. We can thank God for the freedom of religion!