No, there is no danger to Christians saying they’re Christians publicly.
The President: Christian
The Vice-President: Christian
The majority of the cabinet: Christian
The majority of the Supreme Court: Christian
The majority of the Senate: Christian
The majority of the House of Representatives: Christian
The majority of governors: Christian
The majority of state legislators and judges: Christians
The majority of all Americans: Christian
No, what Mr. Graham is alluding to is not that we Christians can’t self-identify.
What he is alluding to in an absolutely cowardly way is that Christians no longer get a pass for attempting to deny full civil, human rights to a certain minority who are despised by a minority of Christians.
He can’t come out and say it that way. That would make it clear what he believes: gay Americans are not equal to all other Americans.
Instead, he, like other Christians who are finding out that their peculiar beliefs about the humanity of some Americans are no longer acceptable, has discovered that when he says something bigoted he gets blowback, not just from other Christians, but from a lot of people in America who are simply tired of the way some Christians demand that everyone conform to their theology.
If Mr. Graham wants to deny gay Americans their full equality, let him make the case. But he should stop using Christ and the cross as his excuse. He should be honest that it’s his own personal bias.
Christ was a friend to all. Dined with sinners. Never spoke out against the unloved and unwanted.
Christ’s harshest words were to those who claimed to be most righteous and yet who were furthest from righteousness, holiness, love, and mercy.