As Christians, we all know the superiority of our way of life, but what is the best way to project that in a democracy? Many church members are worried about the possibility of persecution in the future, but fail to understand that to get liberty, you must be willing to give liberty. As President Obama said so eloquently in his eulogy in Charleston, “my liberty depends on you being free, too.”
We don’t live in a theocracy in the United States but instead have drawn much of our strength from being in a pluralistic society. The church must convince other people to freely choose our way of life, not by imposing it on others, or threatening hellfire and damnation, but through gentle persuasion and the ability to offer an alternative.
The church is being split by the recent court decision for same-sex marriage and is often failing to show the overflowing love that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. Pastors are being sued and forced to backtrack such as a Long Island clergy member who chose to display an impolitic sign.
God gave us free will so we could voluntarily choose to follow Him and keep his commandments. We will win over others through love, not political activism, and it is about time we realized that. The Moral Majority and the Christian Right only speaks for a small vocal minority of believers, and we must stop their attempt to hijack our faith.