Why should Christians care about religious liberty?
Because Jesus cares about religious liberty. Jesus did not render unto Caesar what Caesar did not require, as Russell Moore points out. Freedom of conscience is part of how a society protects each citizen’s moral conscience. People who identify as LGBT may get wedding cakes without demanding that Bible believing Christians bake them. [See the SOGI opposition letter at the Colson Center]
A few years ago, I spoke at a large church and afterward a little old lady approached me. She told me that she had been married to her lesbian partner for over 50 years, and that she and her partner had children and grandchildren. She also told me that, while she had battled homophobia and cultural oppression for many years, she had just this year heard the sweet call of Jesus and the true gospel message that revealed her sin. Knowing that she would lose everything, she wondered out loud about why. Then she asked me: “Why didn’t anyone tell me before that my marriage to a woman offended my God?” There was something powerful in what she was saying. The homophobia of the culture revealed that her marriage to a woman offended people; but she had not yet heard that it offended her God. There is a difference, Christian. As we share the gospel, we need to get out of the way. Religious liberty allows us to work with freedom of conscience so that we can be the good neighbors that Jesus calls us to be.