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Our new cultural reality means a few things need to be cleaer. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Yesterday I told you about the fiasco involving pastor Louie Giglio stepping out of praying at President Obama's inauguration. As Gabe Lyons wrote at Q:Ideas.com, this was a clear case of bullying by certain gay activists. He called on President Obama to make a clear statement on the importance of our freedom of conscience.

On the other hand, Matt Anderson writing over at the CNN Belief blog, suggested that Christians should stay silent as Jesus was at his trial, and even assume a posture of dispassion to political rights when they're violated, rather than reacting with anger and defensiveness.

While I agree with that suggested posture, it's best shown not by stepping out of the fire, but remaining in it. Not only can we help show that political bullying like this is bad for everyone, faith belongs in the public square. If we step out, the ground will not be more neutral, but only more secular. And that's not good for anyone. For The Point, I'm John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

Bullied on the President's Stage
Gabe Lyons | Q:Ideas

My Take: Christians ought to shrug off the inaugural pastor rejection
Matt Anderson | CNN Belief | January 12, 2013

Pastor Giglio and the 'New Moral McCarthyism'
Tony Perkins | The Christian Post | January 15, 2013

Louie Giglio and the New State Chruch
Russel Moore | Moore to the Point | January 10, 2013

Did the White House Force Giglio Out?
Denny Burk | January 11, 2013