My infrequent blogging of late is indicative both of recent busyness and of motivation. With so little interaction with readers over blog posts, I often wonder whether writing is worth it. At first, I was motivated to write largely for myself, hoping that some people would read and occasionally benefit from what I had to say. But this motivation of late has not been enough to make it a priority. I need to be spurred by some confidence that it may also be valuable to others.
With that in mind, I am considering a season of exclusive writing on a topic that I have touched on occasionally, but that I am finding is something that inspires my passions politically and socially perhaps more than anything else: religious freedom.
While Americans still enjoy, relative to much of the rest of the world and to much of history, tremendous religious freedom, it is, I’m more and more convinced, as vulnerable as it has ever been in our nation’s short history. Anyone who loves liberty enough to fight for it should be concerned about threats to religious freedom, regardless of their particular religious convictions, because religious freedom is the foundation for other freedoms. Other freedoms are contingent on religious freedom because the right to live according to one’s religious beliefs is the main force that keeps the power of the state in check. Religious freedom is about living according to moral authority that is higher than the authority of the state. Without belief in such an authority and freedom to obey it, the authority of the state becomes the highest and ultimate authority, and thus has the power to encroach upon other freedoms.
This is what is on my heart to write more about. But I need to know that it matters to others. If you read this, please let me know what you think!