Historically, the most culture-shaping moves of God took place when the Church was marginalized and without a position of influence in secular culture. China and Iran are currently experiencing two of the greatest revivals in modern times. Both of those oppressive governments have tried to kill, imprison, and limit the influence of the Church to no avail.
At our inception on the Day of Pentecost, 120 believers huddled together in an upper room living under the thumb of Rome’s power and the disdain of religious leaders who worked in concert with the government to crucify Jesus. No oppressive thumb of government restriction or any misguided judgment from people who purport a preferred faith could contain the message of Jesus Christ.
Our freedom in Christ is not given to us by any earthly institution. It comes from the hand of God. In seasons of heated social debate, it is wise to maintain a historical perspective on the faithfulness of God across time. He has never failed those who place their trust in Him, and Him alone.