Christians often have a defeatist mentality when we look at the future of Christianity in America. We envision a future in which Christianity is illegal, and Christians have no free speech rights. While there are concerning trends and while genuine Christianity is becoming a minority movement in the United States, recent court cases provide evidence that our free speech rights are safe for now.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia on Thursday. In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Catholic Social Services could not be forced to violate their religious beliefs by placing children with same-sex foster parents as Philadelphia had tried to do in 2018.
Our ultimate trust is not in the Supreme Court, the government, or our capacities to bring about the changes our broken culture needs so deeply. Our ultimate trust is in the Holy Spirit: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the communities of faith a major victory when they unanimously ruled that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it tried to force a Catholic foster care agency to place children in same-sex homes.