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Is Religious Freedom Just a Way to Protect Privilege?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religion has been used to justify all kinds of bad things, like war and slavery. Claiming religious freedom is just about protecting privilege.”   What would you say?   Sometimes people think that standing up for religious freedom is really about clinging to power and privilege. They

Does Advocating for Religious Liberty Hurt Our Christian Witness?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Standing up for religious liberty is bad for Christian witness. After all, aren’t Christians supposed to turn the other cheek?” What would you say? Sometimes people think that Christians who advocate for religious liberty do so at the cost of their Christian witness. They assume that defending religious

Don’t Impose Your Religious Beliefs on Me

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious people shouldn’t be allowed to impose their beliefs on others. Keep your faith between you and your God.” What would you say? Sometimes, people think that as long as the government doesn’t regulate what someone says or does inside a church building, they are respecting religious freedom.

Is Religious Freedom an Excuse for Discrimination?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious freedom is just an excuse for discrimination.” What would you say? Often, people assume that those who advocate for religious freedom really just want to be avoid the nondiscrimination laws that apply to everyone else. They assume that “religious freedom” is a way to make the rest

Should Christians Support Black Lives Matter?

You’re in a conversation and someone asks: “Should Christians support Black Lives Matter?” What would you say? It is absolutely true that black lives matter. Christians believe that because all people are made in the image of God, everyone has dignity and equal value. And it’s important to affirm that truth for specific groups who

Christians Should Always Obey the Law

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Is it ever ok for Christians to disobey the law?” What would you say? People should obey the law. Social order is good and our laws preserve the social order. If people only obeyed the laws they like, the result would be chaos. But what about when laws

Christians Should Avoid Politics and Focus on Evangelism

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Government can’t change the human heart. So Christians should avoid politics and focus on evangelism.” What Would You Say? It’s true that the goal of the gospel is change people’s hearts, not just their behavior. It is also true that government is not the most effective way to

Should Religious Symbols Be on Public Property?

You’re in a conversation, and someone says, “Religious symbols don’t belong on public property. That’s a violation of the separation of church and state.” What Would You Say? The Constitution prohibits the government from creating a national church or religion. Does this mean that it is unconstitutional to have nativity scenes in parks, Christmas trees

The Bible Endorses Slavery

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “The Bible endorses slavery. If it’s wrong about slavery, it’s probably wrong about other things too.” What would you say? It’s true that the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament, talks about slavery. But does this mean that the slave trade that is such a shameful

Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Is Just Like Opposing Interracial Marriage

You’re in a conversation about marriage and someone says, “Opposing same-sex marriage is just like opposing interracial marriage. Christians used to oppose that as well.” What Would you Say? The church’s history on interracial marriage is imperfect. Some who claim to be Christians have done things that are simply evil. Others opposed those evils, helped

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