If ever there was a time when we needed the witness of Christian love that drives out fear, it is now! And that is why I have been so encouraged by a two-year conversation evangelical pastors in the South have been having about the role the Church must play in addressing growing fears of American Muslims — fears that have fueled hate, division, and worse in our communities.
"Act for America" has canceled their rallies against Muslims on September 9 after the Charlottesville nightmare, but the philosophies behind these two protests rallies have similar roots: the preservation of white, Christian, culture. The irony here is that a good many Christian conservatives are unwittingly being drawn into it.
Evangelical Christians care deeply about religious freedom at home and abroad. Our nation's commitment to this enduring American ideal is again being put to the test by the reckless Trump administration.