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Reply To: In your opinion, why is it important for Christians to stand up for religious freedom for people of all faiths, and not just our own?

Max Prowant

There are a few reasons why Christians should support religious freedom, stemming both from our religious worldview and from simple pragmatism. Regarding the first, Christians recognize that faith cannot be forced. To believe, one must believe genuinely and be given the freedom to explore the depths of his faith. Policies which provided for Christian worship but which precluded others would not allow the freedom for creatures endowed with intellect to explore and truly choose faith.
Regarding the second point, history reminds of the consequences of joining Church and state authorities. The message of Christ becomes corrupted by political calculations. What is more, persecution runs rampant with those certain of their faiths trampling over others. A political system that allows the free worship of religions is more conducive to genuine faith and faith which is true to the original message.