Christians 4 Freedom, a student club at Liberty University, held an event last Tuesday on the topic of religious liberty that featured Bethany Demmin from the Family Research Council.

“I believe our attendees left feeling encouraged to be more active on a local and national level,” said C4F President Nicholas Hamilton. “One of the main goals when we started Christians 4 Freedom was to promote student and Christian involvement, and she did just that.”

Over 35 students and members of the community were in attendance, with 25 signing up to become members.

Demmin offered many points on why Christians should be involved in their government. She said that often times there is an attitude within the church that we should not engage in politics, and that religion and politics are unrelated. She believes that as Christians “it is a God given joy and right to engage the public square.”

Demmin also said that if we believe that God has complete dominion over the earth, then no matter where we are in life, we are called to engage in politics.

“Life is gritty,” said Demmin. ‘If we don’t admit that it’s gritty and actually come and bring light and truth and beauty to the grit, and we just try to paint over it, no one will take us seriously.”

Demmin also talked about how the culture and politics interact, saying that it is the culture that influences politics, not the other way around. She used the legalization of gay marriage as an example for this and said that pop culture and media were major propellants of this movement.

She went on to say that this decision could potentially be the slippery slope that will lead to the end of religious liberty. She talked about the pastors in Houston who had their sermons subpoenaed by the mayor, which is in direct violation with the Constitution. She mentioned numerous incidents where private business owners have faced legal action for standing up for their religious beliefs. And she talked about Kim Davis, the county clerk who simply wanted her name removed from a marriage license because of her religious beliefs.

“The Constitution protects freedom of religion, which means living it out in our daily lives; the ability to speak about it, to make decisions based on it and to conduct ourselves in our places of business based on our faith,” said Demmin.

She concluded her talk with a personal testimony and a word of encouragement for those who feel the call to get involved. She stressed two main points: to keep your hearts soft for people, and when God calls you, go.

Written by: Amanda Long