Religious Rights Clarification
A clarification on my previous post. I am not opposed to defending religious liberty. What I am asserting is that if we see the issue as only about religious rights, then it is too narrow.
There is a "Rally For Religious Liberty" tomorrow in our state capital. The archbishop of St. Louis will be there along with a rep from the Missouri Baptist Convention and our own church body. Again, I am not opposed to this public statement regarding a federal mandate that forces religious employers to pay for things to which they object.
Here's the issue: When does the public see the Christian community united? Does the world only hear from the Christian community when we are offended (or when we've offended others)? Does the public only hear from the Church when "our rights have been violated"?
It would be interesting if we stormed Capital Hill on behalf of someone else's rights. I guess this happens with pro-life rallies. But many people still perceive that as a "Christian rights" issue. It would be particularly interesting if we came to the defense of a group or cause that isn't normally associated with Christians. What if the Christian community united before Congress with a proposal to find a home for every orphan in the U.S.? What if the Christian community came to the rescue of American Muslims who have been victims of racial/religious violence? After all, we should want for them the same religious rights that we are fighting for.
It's good to defend our rights. But I think we can do even better than that. We can defend the rights of others.
4/28/2012 08:01:38 am
I very much agree with this opinion. It is powerful and inspiring to do Gods will and help others while glorifying his name. Sadly it seems that the only time Christians make the media is around negative or controversial issues. Much of the good work many do every day, like mission work, is not newsworthy enough for the media and therefore goes in noticed.
4/28/2012 09:36:46 pm
Agreed, Mike. As one in the PR industry, can you create some positive buzz? We'll keep working nonetheless.
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