Increasingly, we see in our culture an attempt to redefine religious liberty. Our country has, traditionally, held that this liberty means you can not only believe what you like but you may express it, let it influence how you behave and contend for it in the public square as long as it didn't harm someone else. Now, culture seeks to redefine harm and with it how we can contend for the faith in the public arena.
There is a great temptation, then, to do what culture says. In fact, there is a group that promotes an option called the Benedict Option, where we as Christians are called to withdraw from culture and wait until the world destroys itself. As we see in Acts, this isn't an option if we are called to be witnesses to the end of the earth. I hope you'll listen to this week's message to see how we respond to this persecution will influence how we can fill our city with the gospel.