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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?

Angela Lingg

Freedom of belief is a right protected in our Constitution, and as Americans we support the free market place ideas. This is the belief that all ideas, even potentially dangerous ones, should not be suppressed but allowed to freely circulate and ultimately the truth will prevail.

I think this isn’t just an American ideal but is also supported in the Bible as well. God gave human beings the freedom to chose what we believe. He calls His children to him through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, but God calls us to repent through faith — or choosing what we believe.

Christians are also called to do justice and love mercy. Allowing the persecution or even suppression of religions is not fulfilling that Christian mandate.

Freedom of religion is good for Christianity, and we know that the truth will ultimately prevail. Fighting for religious freedom and for other religions to co-exist does not mean that we as Christians are affirming other religious beliefs, but we can have confidence that the truth will prevail.