A North Carolina sheriff is refusing to budge in the face of objections from atheist groups over the Bible inscription he has proudly displayed on the wall of his department.
Sheriff Jody Greene of Columbia County is a lifelong Christian who says the verse, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13) is mean to motivate and inspire his staff in the same way that a “motivational slogan” might motivate corporate employees.
“I was raised in church. I have been in law enforcement for over thirty years. My training taught me to value God, family, and my country,” he wrote in a Facebook post last week, CBN News reported. “Companies spend thousands of dollars on motivational classes, to come up with motivational slogans. My motivation comes from the greatest motivational speaker of all times, Jesus Christ.”
“Here at the Sheriff’s Office, we work hard in everything that we do. Before we execute a search warrant or any service that puts our people in immediate harms way, we ALWAYS go to the Lord with a group prayer. ALWAYS!” he declared.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), however, argues that the Columbia Sheriff’s Department must “recognize its obligation to provide all citizens with an environment free from religious endorsement.”
“Over one-third Americans are non-Christians, and this includes the more than one in four Americans who now identify as religiously unaffiliated. The message that is up in the sheriff’s building alienates this huge portion of the American population,” they say.
CBN notes that Sheriff Greene wrote that the inscription was paid for using private funds and that it’s not going anywhere, succinctly expressing that he has every intention of acting on his fear of God rather than man and will keep the Bible verse intact.
“I am not scared of much, but I am afraid of burning in hell,” he wrote. “Let me be clear, I will not waiver on my stance and Christian beliefs.”
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