As one firefighter is reportedly out of a job after standing up for biblical authority, religious freedom is under attack in America yet again. Thankfully, the Bible gives us truth and understanding in the midst of persecution.
According to Fox News, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was recently fired for expressing his Christian views on homosexual behavior. In a short book on biblical morality, Cochran included homosexuality alongside a list of other sexual sins such as polygamy, bestiality, and fornication. In the Fox article he says, “I did not single out homosexuality . . . I simply spoke to sex being created by God for pro-creation and He intended it to be between a man and a woman in holy matrimony—and that any other sex outside of that is sin.” Now, I personally know someone who is friends with Cochran, and he says, "He is a one of the kindest, Christ-like gentlemen I've ever known. Everyone who knows him will affirm it. The guy loves EVERYBODY, and would never discriminate against anyone." But what he wrote in that book apparently got him fired.
How does firing Cochran because he stood up for his religious beliefs make “Atlanta a more welcoming city for all her citizens—regardless of . . . religious beliefs”? Obviously such a city would not be welcoming to Christians who firmly stand for their religious beliefs—beliefs that are grounded in the Word of God, the very foundation that this nation was built on. If all this is as we understand it to be (and there is no reason to doubt otherwise), then it is clearly an example of the city council ignoring the First Amendment, which states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.” Cochran is not being allowed to freely exercise his right to freedom of religion and speech. In fact, beliefs opposite of Cochran’s are being imposed on him and the city!
Here at Answers in Genesis and Ark Encounter we too are experiencing an attack on our freedoms. Ark Encounter has recently been denied a tax rebate incentive by the Kentucky government merely because we are a Christian group that will proclaim biblical truth at Ark Encounter and because we want to freely exercise our right to hire those who agree with our statement of faith. In denying us the tax rebate that is freely available to many other tourist attractions, the state is discriminating against our Christian faith. They too are ignoring the First Amendment as well as other applicable state and federal laws.
We need to be bold in standing up for biblical truth in a world that is working very hard to silence those who do so. I encourage you to pray for this nation, for the situation with Cochran, and for Ark Encounter.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.