Atlanta Fire Chief “I was fired because of my Christian faith”

This morning I read of the event in Atlanta, Georgia where Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired because of a book he wrote for his men’s Bible study.

In his book he expressed how marriage was intended, by God, to be one man and one woman. The news article states this:

Cochran said he referenced homosexuality on less than a half a page in the 160-page book.

“I did not single out homosexuality,” he said. “I simply spoke to sex being created by God for pro-creation and He intended it to be between a man and a woman in holy matrimony – and that any other sex outside of that is sin.”

This caused a major issue in the pro-gay community of Atlanta which ended in Cochran losing the job that he had dreamed about as a child. I urge you to read the news report here so you can have more information and discuss it in a knowledgeable and loving way with people.

Here is the reality of this issue: Christians are coming under fire more and more every day in our country. Many of the people who claim to be “tolerant” are actively discriminating and hating Christians for their beliefs. I encourage you to keep your eyes open for the hypocrisy in our culture of the people who “believe people have a right to their own beliefs” and then proceed to discriminate against Christians for what they believe.

It doesn’t make logical sense, and it can discourage us at times. We must remember who our God is! Check out what Jesus said in John 16:

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33

This issue involving the unfair treatment of Kelvin Cochran is just one incident. We need to know as Christians that these events will continue to occur in increasing numbers. They will happen to me, and they will happen to you. Cochran said this in his interview with Fox Reporter Todd Starnes:

The LGBT members of our community have a right to be able to express their views and convictions about sexuality and deserve to be respected for their position without hate or discrimination, but Christians also have a right to express our belief regarding our faith and be respected for our position without hate and without discrimination. In the United States, no one should be vilified, hated or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.

As Christians, we need to take a stand for what God’s Word says regardless of how the world treats us in response. Remember that you are never going to make a difference by melting into the world. We are called to “not conform to the behaviors and customs of this world” but to be different.

Take a stand on God’s Word, but always love and always respect those you talk to. You don’t help change lives by hating; you help change lives by loving.

And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8

“I’m not discouraged and I’m not downtrodden,” Cochran said. “This is a God thing and He’s going to do great things and He will
vindicate me publicly.”

Tyler J. Collins | Creator of Discover the Answer