Each year, the Walla Walla University Church in College Place, Washington celebrates religious liberty. On February 28, 2009, Karen Scott delivered an address entitled, “Rethinking the Premise of Religious Liberty.” Scott, an attorney who is a member of both the Provincial Bar of British Columbia and the State Bar of California, is also a member of the ReligiousLiberty.TV Advisory Panel. Scott successfully argued a religious liberty case before the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court decided in her client’s favour, changing the law in Canada for accommodation in the workplace.
In this presentation, Scott examines the ties between religious liberty and the Gospel. Everyone has a conscience and God has given to each the inalienable right to choose for Him or against Him. And yet God offers salvation to everyone, even His enemies (Romans 5:10). We are called to be perfect, even as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). In other words, those who profess to follow Jesus, ought to love just as He did, which means that we too will grant others the right to choose for or against God and we too will love them as He does.