Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice in as much as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God restesth upon you; on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 

1 Peter 4:12-14 

One of the most patriotic American songs of all time begins with the lyrics:  

If tomorrow I lost all the things I’d worked for all my life, 
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife. 
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today; 
‘Cause the flag still stand for freedom 
And they can’t take that away…

Lee Greenwood, I’m Proud to be an American

On January 6, 2015 after thirty-four years of faithful service in the fire and emergency services, my childhood dream-come-true fairytale career that I had worked for all my life came to an abrupt end when I was terminated as fire chief of the City of Atlanta Fire & Rescue Department. The adverse action against me was the result of a book I had written on my own time, a Christian men’s Bible study called, Who Told You That You Were Naked?: Overcoming the Stronghold of Condemnation.  

There is an ever-increasing attack, assault, and threat to freedom of speech and freedom of religion in our beloved United States of America.  My story is but one of a growing list of many where a government entity and special interest groups have worked together to impose adverse action on another American for publicly proclaiming a position based upon biblical truth that is not consistent with popular culture or the shifting pluralisms of political correctness. 

By the grace of God we have been allowed to live out our faith under the protection of the government in the United States.  As a nation founded in large degree on biblical values codified in the U. S. Constitution, America has become a great nation because of religious liberty.  America has flourished because of religious liberty.  Now that we have been so bountifully blessed, and government protection for the public expression of our faith has weakened, too many believers are afraid to speak the truth for fear of the consequences that come with not conforming to the doctrines of popular culture and moral relativism. 

Americans are being forced to make a choice to either live out their faith or keep their jobs, businesses, elected office and even their church.  In the United States we can have the best of both.  Tolerance is still foundational to the First Amendment.   

As a former client of Alliance Defending Freedom with a successful conclusion to my case, I have committed my life to advocating for religious liberty so that no American has to experience what I have experienced for living out my faith.  Because the flag still stands for freedom, I choose to stand and fight for the right of all Americans to live out their faith without fear of adverse consequences.   

If religious liberty is a part of your mission, I would love to partner with you in your efforts to raise awareness and to advance the cause.  Consider me a part of your strategic team for advocacy.  Contact Me to discuss how we can work together.   

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