Terminated Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran spoke at a rally today in the Georgia State Capitol. It was really well done, and I encourage you to listen to all of it (it begins at 1:20:57 above). But I would draw your attention now to his conclusion below. In his own words:
It has been said by Council Member Alex Wan that my termination has made a great statement. I could not agree with him more. It has made the statement that though there is no evidence that my religious beliefs have created a hostile work environment (as alleged) and no discrimination against any LGBT members of our community, there are grave consequences for publicly expressing our faith and having the audacity to believe that sex was created for procreation and should be in the bonds of holy matrimony between a man and a woman.
My termination has indeed made a great statement to all of the remaining city employees. If you seek to live out the true meaning of our nation’s pledge and constitution and have a faith—a living faith that does justice—and believe that sex should be between a man and a woman in the bonds of holy matrimony, we have made a great statement that you better keep your mouth shut or you will be fired. These statements are an indictment against our American values and do not embrace the diversity of which we are so proudly boasting of here in our wonderful city of Atlanta.
Indeed a strong statement has been made. All people groups are welcome and embraced in the city of Atlanta except the groups that believe the Scripture regarding God’s purpose for sex.
This experience has taught me that there are worldly consequences for publicly standing for righteousness. But I stand before you to say that the kingdom consequences are far greater and more glorious than the worldly consequences.
To that end, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters in Christ, let me emphasize that this event is not just about Kelvin J. Cochran. This event is to raise attention and awareness to every American that freedom of speech and freedom of religion are under attack. As Christians we have to fight the good fight of faith to preserve these cherished protections. We cannot allow our divisions by denomination, race, political party, or geography to continue to weaken the collective voice of the body of Christ. The power that works within us can and will make a difference.
I covet your continued prayers and support, not just for me and my family, but also for my beloved little brother in Christ Mayor Kasim Reed. And I covet your prayers for the city of Atlanta and all the wonderful citizens, that we may experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in its full measure. And pray that God pours out His grace on the United States of America.
I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.