The Righteous Brothers: David and Jason Benham
By Tony Perkins
The Benham Brothers started out flipping houses — now they’re flipping the conversation on religious liberty on its head. Like Judge Moore, these twins refused to flinch in the face of persecution and instead stood their ground in a powerful example of what courage can do. After HGTV pulled the plug on their show for their biblical beliefs on marriage, the brothers made a decision to turn the negativity into an opportunity to become full-time advocates of religious freedom. They’ve toured the country sharing their story and encouraging other Christians to live out their faith boldly and without fear.
The duo just launched a new book that they believe will help the church navigate these difficult times. Whatever the Cost: Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully explains more about the brothers’ childhood, their careers in Major League Baseball, and the details behind their decision to stand up for their beliefs. “Pressure precedes persecution,” David and Jason explain. “The pressure here in America will continue to get worse until men and women of faith decide to stand boldly whatever the cost. If we sit silently by and do nothing, the pressure we’re feeling today will result in persecution tomorrow. Micah 2:6 says, ‘…But if they do not speak out concerning these things, reproaches will not be turned back.’ Apart from a divine move of God in this country, religious liberties will be taken from us if we don’t take a stand now. What’s on the line are our children’s liberties more than our own. We need an awakening again to stir our hearts for the next generation.”
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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