Freedom To Worship Is The Foundation Of Peace

By Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich

On Easter, Christians around the world will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over sin and death. Jesus Christ’s conquering of death on the cross fulfills God’s promise of eternal life. As Romans 6:9 states, “We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him.”

As American Christians, we are fortunate and blessed to have the freedom to celebrate Easter according to the dictates of our own, independent conscience.

However, it is important to recognize that not all religious believers around the world are able to worship freely.

Today, nearly 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where religious freedom is highly or severely restricted. For millions of people, repression, violence and discrimination are a part of daily life as governments and hostile regimes prevent people from living in accordance with their faith.