On December 5th, the United States Supreme Court will hear one of the most significant religious freedom cases of our lifetime. NOW is a critical time to be in prayer that the justices will unequivocally protect our religious liberties and rights of conscience!
Back in July of 2012, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, was faced with a challenging decision: whether to live according to the dictates and values of his Christian faith or face a monumental backlash from the gay rights lobby and anti-faith organizations. Because of his decision to stand for what he believes, Jack was sued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Today, after years of legal battles, the lines have been drawn and his fight has become our fight… to protect the freedom to run our businesses, to have a voice in the court of public opinion, and to live our lives according to our deeply held—and Constitutionally protected—religious beliefs.
Though others might state otherwise, this case is not about overt discrimination, it’s not about gender identity or choices, and it’s not about one person telling another person how to live his or her life. This case will determine whether or not the government can force someone to violate his or her conscience and to do so in an intrusive and egregious manner. Should a Jewish baker whose mother was a Holocaust survivor be forced to decorate a cake with swastikas for a neo-Nazi activist? Should an African-American baker be forced to decorate a cake with offensive symbols for a Ku Klux Klan member? Of course not! Every American, regardless of where they are on the political spectrum, should be concerned about an unfavorable outcome.
The Supreme Court case next week will affect all of us, whether we are a person of faith or not. We have seen this play out in various ways on the national scene again and again… with designers, retailers, florists, bakers, and more. To learn more about this case, click here.
Please pray for an outcome that will protect our religious freedom and rights of conscience. Gather with friends, family members, colleagues, and those in your faith community, to ask for God’s intervention and favor. We believe prayer can and will make a difference.
If you are able, you can also come and take a stand for faith at a rally being held on the opening day of oral arguments. Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM (arrive at 7:00 AM)
Location: U.S. Supreme Court sidewalk
1 1st St., NE
Washington, D.C. 20543
Signs will be provided, speakers will give remarks, and the attorneys representing Jack Phillips will join the rally after the oral arguments are heard. Please bring your family members and friends and join in support of Jack! For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.