It has been said that “every man has his price.” But we forget that every man has his line. The line he won’t cross no matter what the cost.
In the early days of Christianity, following Christ came at a great cost. At that time, the Roman government demanded its citizens publicly offer a “pinch of incense” to declare Caesar as Lord and God.
Many refused. They drew a line in their hearts and followed Christ—no matter the consequences. And, many times, those consequences were dire. Though dragged to court, humiliated, and even killed, these early Christians stood fast. They knew that their first duty was to abide by their consciences. God, not the government or culture, was the ultimate authority.
A similar determination to silence many Christians is hard at work in our world today. Even in America, there rages a furious desire to stifle certain views in the public square on life, marriage, and biological sex.
Here are some examples of a few Christians who drew a line and are standing for religious freedom today.
Blaine Adamson was in a tough situation. But he drew the line.
It started in 2012, when the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) asked Blaine to print shirts with a message promoting its pride festival. Blaine knew he had to decline the request. He could not in good conscience print a message that was so clearly at odds with his faith and its teachings.
Even though Blaine offered to connect the GLSO with another printer who would print the t-shirts for them at the same price, the group wasn’t satisfied. It filed a complaint with a local government agency.
In addition to the lawsuit, Blaine endured campaigns against him and his business. Groups called for a boycott. He received hateful emails, phone calls, and Facebook comments. The mayor of his city publicly criticized him. And large customers began to pull their business.
Still, Blaine stayed true to his faith and held the line. And, so far, he has won twice in court. But the government appealed both times. Now Blaine’s case is at the Kentucky Supreme Court awaiting a hearing.
Jay and Sandy Smith
In March 2018, the Washington state government passed a law forcing churches in the state to fund abortions in their health insurance plans. No exceptions.
For Jay and Sandy Smith, this felt like a slap in the face.
Jay is the senior pastor at Cedar Park Church—a family of churches in Washington that also operates a Christian school. He and Sandy have been advocating for the pro-life cause for years.
And they don’t just talk about being pro-life—they live it.
Cedar Park has numerous pro-life ministries. It partners with a local pregnancy center and a foster care provider, hosts an annual camp for children in foster care, and co-founded an adoption provider for frozen embryos remaining after in vitro fertilization. The church even has a special prayer service for couples experiencing infertility.
But now, the Washington state government is trying to force them to fund the killing of unborn children!
Jay and Sandy wanted to do something about it. So they drew a line and filed a lawsuit to stop the state of Washington from forcing their church to violate its faith.
Carl and Angel Larsen
Carl and Angel Larsen have a line they won’t cross no matter what. And now, their home state is using the threat of jail time to try to push them over that line.
It all started with the Larsens’ passion for marriage. They work hard to cultivate the bonds of love and commitment within their own marriage. And they strive to help other couples do the same.
As owners of Telescope Media Group, a video and film production company that exists to tell great stories that honor God, the Larsens know the power of film. They want to use their business to tell stories about the goodness and beauty of marriage as God intends it—a union between one man and one woman.
But the Larsens hit a huge obstacle.
Their home state of Minnesota says that if the Larsens make films celebrating marriage between one man and one woman, they must also make films celebrating same-sex marriages. Failure to do so could mean up to $25,000 in fines and 90 days in jail!
Despite Minnesota’s demands, the Larsens cannot create films telling stories that celebrate same-sex marriage. Doing so would violate their religious beliefs and directly contradict the very message about marriage they want to express. That’s why the Larsens filed a lawsuit challenging this law in federal court.
These people of faith continue to hold the line for freedom. But they can’t do it alone. They rely on people like you to stand with them.
Thankfully, there is HOPE.
When you draw a line, when you stand for freedom, you enable God to deliver great victories.
Through God’s blessing (John 15:5) and the generous support of people like you, we’re winning nearly 80 percent of our cases, including nine victories at the U.S. Supreme Court since 2011.
We must protect the freedom to live and work consistently with our faith. Not just for small business owners like Carl, Angel, and Blaine. Not just for churches like Cedar Park. But for us all. And for our children and grandchildren.
Today, you can draw a line. You can stand for religious freedom. And when you do, your gift will join the $2 million challenge grant to help make an impact for freedom. Please rise to the challenge today.
Together, we can protect religious freedom in America and ensure than anyone who takes a stand for faith and freedom never has to stand alone.