In the coming days and weeks, you’re probably going to see some memes and posts on social media that talk about the possibility of a Muslim registry.
I saw one this morning with a quote from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that says
“I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.”
I am not for a Muslim registry in the United States, or anywhere for that matter. And I will do all that I can to stand up and fight this policy, except one thing.
I will not register, as Albright says she will, for the registry should one become a policy.
As a Christian, I cannot in good faith stand up and be on the record that I am a Muslim.
Being a Christian is a huge part of my identity. If I take away that identity, it would be like I am saying I am ashamed of the gospel (c.f. Romans 1:16) and of my faith in Christ.
And I believe it is better for my Christian witness to say that I think that a Muslim registry or any other policy that prohibits the freedom of religion is wrong, but I choose to do so without giving up my own faith or identity as a Christian.
To stand up for those of other religions who are being discriminated against shows the world that God’s word and law is love. To do so without giving up my own identity shows conviction of my faith in Christ.