Jeff Sessions says gov't agencies cutting ties with Ala. megachurch is attack on religious liberty
Former U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, who is campaigning to return to his seat in the U.S. Senate, slammed decisions by the Birmingham Board of Education and the Birmingham Housing Authority to cut ties with the Church of the Highlands over social media likes made by Pastor Chris Hodges as an attack on free speech and religious freedom.
He also urged Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin to step in to reverse the decisions.
âThe actions taken by the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District and the Birmingham Board of Education against the Church of the Highlands represent an attack on both religious liberty and freedom of speech. This cannot happen in America, and certainly should never happen in Alabama,â Sessions wrote in an extended statement on his campaignâs Facebook page Wednesday....
Ed Stetzer wrote: .... ...this is not about supporting (or not supporting) Hodgesâ likes or views. Itâs about being all-in for grace and mercy. It is about persisting in the belief that the right way forward is to engage with grace over deep and profound issues rather than taking the seemingly easy way out of publicly shaming another.
This works in both directionsâpitchforks feel good until everyone is pierced by them and no one is left to work together. Cancel culture eventually comes for every leaderâyour time may be coming.
And we as the church must find ways to step in when it occurs and cry, âMercy!â At the end of the day, cancel culture is self-defeating. It feeds into the narrative of the culture war that many fringe right-wing voices advance, and in which too many on the left engage: that you want evangelicals all out and all gone....
excerpt from,"Unliked Likes: Cancelling Pastor Chris Hodges and Church of the Highlands"
There appears to be a new societial orthodoxy. If you aren't fully on board, you aren't on board at all, making you an enemy of the people. Many of us will likely find ourselves challenged. We need to have a strong Biblical response so we may answer anyone who questions what we believe.
Ultimately, with the removal of absolute truth from our societies, we lose justice (Isaiah 59). Without justice, it's all about power.