In light of the controversy in Indiana and Arkansas I have been asked this week about religious liberty in America. It is important to remember that there is a difference between the freedom of religion and the freedom of worship. The First Amendment of the Constitution says that there shall be no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. While worship is something that is typically done privately in one’s home or in a church building, religion is something that informs a person’s everyday life. How people conduct their business, raise and educate their children, and interact with their community is all informed by their religion. As Americans we must all protect this fundamental right. Even a quick reading of the Constitution will show that our founders were much more interested in protecting a person’s religious identity than they were in protecting a person’s sexual identity.
I’m Jason Dees, the pastor of Valleydale Church, encouraging you to think through it.