On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from offering the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony. The reason? A sermon had been discovered—delivered some 20 years prior—in which Giglio called homosexuality a sin. In a statement following the withdrawal, the Presidential Inaugural Committee offered regrets for having invited Giglio and assured an alternate with more accepting views.

Fast forward two years later to Tuesday, January 6, 2015 and the dismissal of Atlanta Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. Cochran, a 30-year firefighting veteran, was discharged by Mayor Kasim Reed for sharing a book with three city workers. The book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”, was written by Cochran and shared with men he considered fellow Christians. The issue? The book calls homosexual behavior—along with all sexual activity outside of traditional marriage—vile and inappropriate.

Apart from the writing and distribution of the book, there is no evidence of Cochran ever mistreating an employee on the basis of sexual orientation. However, this seems to be a moot point. The New York Times states in its article on the subject, “God, Gays and the Atlanta Fire Department”: “It should not matter that [an] investigation found no evidence that Mr. Cochran had mistreated gays or lesbians. His position as a high-level public servant makes his remarks especially problematic…” In other words, simply holding to his views is support enough for his expulsion.

And here I sense the presence of a frightening and ever-expanding new moral code, frightful for its merciless aggression toward any sentiment short of celebratory on the issue of homosexuality. In particular, this code stands watch in the realm of the public square and it is no friend of Christian orthodoxy.

Speaking on January 14 on his daily podcast, “The Briefing,” Dr. Albert Mohler asks, “Just how much of historic Christianity, especially in terms of its moral teaching concerning sexuality, must someone disbelieve in order to be qualified according to this new standard for public service or public influence?”

Great question. It’s one I need to ask myself as a Christian parent. Simply put, should the Lord answer my earnest prayer for the salvation of my children—should he be pleased to make them Christians, not marginal church-goers, but passionate lovers of Christ and his Word—will they, by virtue of their faith, become disqualified from American public service?

We are told that in America, with hard work, one can be anything s/he wants to be. Can I honestly tell my children that they can uphold the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” while also serving in any profession of their choice (Jude 1:3)? It seems that to express the sinfulness of homosexuality in any degree is to mark oneself as unfit for influence in the public arena.

What an opportune time then for Christian parents to lovingly impress the truth of the Gospel on the hearts of their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), all the while praying that the Lord would make them men and women whose ultimate ambition is the pleasure of a greater King in a city yet to come (2 Corinthians 5:9; Hebrews 13:14). May the Lord save my children, and may they never run from any vocational calling in fear of persecution. But God forbid that they ever alter the truth in the face of it. Above all, may the Lord help their mother to graciously and humbly model the truth she herself espouses.