As Christians we normally put our heads in the sand and try to ignore what’s going on around us.
So when Christians do what they should, they deserve a pat on the back.
Georgia Baptist Convention leaders are strongly supporting Kelvin Cochran, the Atlanta fire chief who has been suspended without pay for a month, forced to undergo “sensitivity training”, and is being investigated for other “wrongdoing.” See Baptist Press story.
He dared write a book (Who Told You That You Are Naked?) that upholds the Bible’s standard when it comes to human sexuality. What’s more, he had the audacity to give (not sell) copies of the book to people on his staff.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed apparently took issue with the book after some of the staff complained. The mayor suspended the fire chief without pay and took the other measures.
Apparently, freedom of speech applies only when you agree with what the other person says.
Chief Cochran dared to say that homosexuality and lesbianism is sexual perversion. Truth is truth. And sometimes, the truth stings, especially if you are not in agreement with the truth.
Mayor Reed evidently disagrees with his fire chief. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I want to be clear that the material in Chief Cochran’s book is not representative of my personal beliefs, and is inconsistent with the administration’s work to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for all of her citizens — regardless of their sexual orientation, race, and religious beliefs.”
How ironic that he dared to include “religious beliefs” in that statement. Chief Cochran is being punished for his religious beliefs.
As long as the fire chief does not force his beliefs on his department or discriminate in hiring practices, there is no reason he should not be leading the Atlanta Fire Department.
We are getting to the point where Christians in America are being persecuted for their religious convictions.
We either stick our heads in the sand or sit up and take notice and do something about it. We either speak up now or we may be silenced forever. It’s up to us.