Why Should Christians Support Free Speech?

By Marissa Hays Published on July 18, 2021

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Freedom of speech is a principle pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.” The very same First Amendment that acknowledges our God-given right to practice our faith also recognizes our right to free speech.

The two are entwined together. If you cannot bear witness, if you cannot share the gospel, neither your speech is free nor is your practice of religion. The ability to speak freely is at the heart of us being able to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission.

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Marissa Hays works for LIFE Today — an innovative television talk show sharing the Gospel message with people all over the world. Marissa is honored to serve as the host of The Stream: Foundations and is passionate about the unparalleled love and unprecedented grace available to us in Jesus Christ. She and her husband currently reside in Texas with their adorable son and affectionate pug.

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