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Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a Christian legal group that defends people who get taken to court for acting on their Christian convictions. In recent years, and increasingly these days, various government entities have charged Christians with crimes because they followed the teachings of the Bible.
ADF has a program called the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, which is a summer program that was established to encourage Christian students to work at promoting “a distinctly Christian worldview in every area of law.” The Fellowship was established to show students “how God can use them as judges, law professors, and practicing attorneys to help keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel in America.”
Well, it seems that those who hold a naturalistic worldview – particularly the mainstream media and left leaning politicians – don’t like that. They don’t want the door left open for the spread of the Gospel in America. In fact, they actually believe that holding Christian beliefs should disqualify people from serving in the legal profession.
Enter Amy Coney Barrett. She has been nominated by President Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy opened up by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As it turns out, Barrett is a committed Roman Catholic who also believes that the role of a Supreme Court Justice is to interpret the law based on the intent of those who wrote it, rather than inserting her own political philosophy into the mix. It seems that Barrett has also been a speaker at the Blackstone Legal Fellowship.
The reason this has become a point of contention is that ADF and the Blackstone Legal Fellowship promote Christian beliefs – including beliefs about same-sex marriage, gay rights, and abortion. Barrett has been blasted by those holding naturalistic beliefs for even speaking at this student program. In their view, holding Christian beliefs is immoral because they are discriminatory.
But isn’t that interesting? It is discriminatory for someone to hold Christian beliefs because they go against the preferences of the Atheists, but I guess it is completely moral to hold atheistic beliefs that discriminate against Christians. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
The problem is, Atheism doesn’t have any basis whatsoever for declaring ANYTHING moral or immoral. There is no objective foundation for determining morality. Those who make moral declarations using Atheism’s relativistic moral foundation must do so based on their own personal preferences. It has nothing to do with what is actually right or wrong, it has to do with what outcome particular individuals wish to see, and their ability to impose their will on others. So what we have in this situation is a group of people who want a particular political outcome, who are attempting to impose their personal moral preferences on the nation.
Those who oppose the prospect of Barrett becoming a justice on the Supreme Court attempt to make their case by asserting that her Christian values are immoral. I personally find that rather rich. They are attempting to deem her immoral based on values that are derived from an amoral foundation. They consider Christian beliefs immoral because ... well, just because they personally don’t like them.
There are two things that we, as Christians, need to do when interacting with people like this. First, we need to push back. The winner of this debate will set the tone for how the nation moves forward into the future – and a societal environment based on atheistic values ain’t gonna be pretty. The second thing we must do is to share with them the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, only a transformed heart will help these people out.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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