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BreakPoint This Week: In Defense of Religious Liberty, part 1

Join John Stonestreet, Eric Metaxas and others for this special edition of BreakPoint This Week, featuring highlights from the National Briefing on Religious Liberty.

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Our religious liberties are under attack like never before. We all need to know how to defend our Christian worldview and our rights under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. So the Chuck Colson Center for Worldview recently hosted a National Briefing on Religious Liberty at the Truth for a New Generation conference, with Eric Metaxas, John Stonestreet and other top thinkers on the issue. During this week's broadcast, we'll bring you highlights.

If we don't stand up for our religious freedom now, our future could be in jeopardy. The discussion you'll hear today will help arm you for the battle we face.

John Stonestreet: "I'm so excited today to bring you some highlights from a very important conversation that I was able to participate in just last weekend. As you know, on BreakPoint, on "BreakPoint This Week," The Point, across all the different radio products the Colson Center puts out, one of our emphases over the last year has been this struggle over religious freedom, particularly with issues like the HHS mandate, as well as the ongoing challenge that's going to come our way as we see further and further the legal redefinition of marriage taking place in various states and even on the federal level...

"Just last week in Charlotte, North Carolina, I was able to sit on a panel that was sponsored by the Colson Center at the annual Truth for a New Generation apologetics conference. This was a wonderful conversation that was hosted and moderated by Fox News correspondent, Lauren Green. And I joined in on this panel with some folks who are no strangers to BreakPoint listeners: Dr. Timothy George, one of the co-drafters of the Manhattan Declaration and Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Father Robert Sirico, the Founder and President of the Acton Institute, Eric Teetsel, the Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration, and of course, Jennifer Marshall, Director of Domestic Policy at The Heritage Foundation...

"We're going to bring you some highlights from this very important conversation this week and next week. Without further ado, let's jump in!"

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I was privileged to have been sitting in the audience at this event and am very thankful to have had that opportunity. Thank you for being there John and the others as well. It was very information, educational, and enlightening. These cases that are coming up before the SCOTUS don't always make the news so to learn of these and know what really is happening to our religious liberties was enlightening, disheartening, but also encouraging at the same time because we still have the Constitution which guarantees us the right to speak freely and proclaim our beliefs. BUT speak up and proclaim we must do.

I have been at such events before and am encouraged; however, upon returning home each time within a few days I find myself back in the church of America and the every day life of Americans who don't seem to think these things really matter. And it's not just they don't seem to think they matter. Sadly, the way I see it, to the average church goer or pastor in America these things simply don't matter.

Far too often I hear well meaning Christians simply say it doesn't matter that we can't proclaim what we believe in the public square or public education, etc. All that matters is that we show love and that our Christianity is played out in our daily lives... the world can see that.

I see this as an almost naive view and uneducated at best because what happens when even our actions are not considered legal according to a judge and court of law. What happens when a judge or court of law rules that even inside our church walls we cannot proclaim what we believe. This, after all, is already happening in Canada and heading our direction and sooner than we know, but by the grace of our God.

I honestly feel so very alone in my own church community and I know there are many, many church communities across the country where others who are passionate about these issues are also feeling very alone.

Where is the church? WAKE UP, OH CHURCH! Proclaim the freedoms that are ours in Christ alone (even before the Constitution granted them to us)!

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