10 Best Practices for Improving Religious Freedom in Complicated Countries

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1. Articulate the principles of engagement that form and inform your best practices.

In April of 2001, we wrote up IGE’s Principles of Engagement on one piece of paper. It is a natural thing, I suppose, to want to “change the world.” But these principles suggest something different: We followers of Christ engage the world not to change it, but because we are changed.

What changed most in me these past 20 years is that I now understand that we glorify God when we care about the liberty of conscience of everyone (not just our fellow believers). I believe that liberty of conscience is the greatest gift from a gift-giving God. Without the freedom to think, there is no freedom to accept grace.