Late Friday night a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., handed down a religious liberty ruling that I hope will echo throughout the nation. One of the reasons is obvious—it upheld the religious liberty of the church and limited the degree of deference courts should grant public health measures as the pandemic drags on for month after month.
The other reason is less obvious, but in many ways equally important. It demonstrates how thoughtful Christians can engage in the public square and defend their liberty with conviction while also caring for their communities and demonstrating extraordinary patience with public officials. In other words, in one court case we’re watching what it’s like when Christian legal ends are pursued through Christian moral means.