February 9 Pastor’s Day at the Capitol
Pastors Joey Davis and Allen Rea enjoyed a day at our State Capitol learning more about how we can engage the world and stand against legislation that can have a negative impact on the moral fiber of our communities.
During our day at the capitol Mike Griffin, our Southern Baptist public lobbyist, made a stand against a proposal to allow “destination resorts” (casinos) to be established in Georgia. Advocates for casino entertainment claim that the tax revenue generated will go toward helping the children of our state, but Mike Griffin and Dr. Robert White pointed out that we will need more money than will be generated in order to assist the many children that will be exploited in the human sex traffic industry that accompanies casinos and the environments they produce.
In our democratic political system we are both followers of Christ and engaged in the governing of our state and nation. It is our responsibility as citizens of the kingdom of Christ and American citizens to be salt and light in our nation.
Our leadership at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board ask us to consider engaging in our political system in three ways.
- Certainly pray for all those governing in our state, from our local leadership, such as my brother in Christ at FBC Vidalia and Toombs-County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, David Sikes, to our Governor Nathan Deal.
- Contact our state representatives. One disconcerting fact we learned during our trip to the capital is how few people engage in the political process. Very few write or call their representatives to share their thoughts, concerns and opinions. On the other hand, this means that it doesn’t take many to have an impact. Mike Griffin and his team told us that even 10 people calling or writing about an issue can send up red flags and influence our representatives. May all of our churches designate special Wednesday or Sunday evenings, twice a year, in which congregation members gather to become knowledgeable about moral issues in our state and write letters to our state representatives letting them know how to effectively represent us. Links to documents with information that will help you as you encourage and lead the church to engage issues of kingdom importance in our culture are below.
- As our Lord directs, keep your eyes and spirit open to those in your congregation that could potentially run for office. Our Southern Baptist representatives at the Capitol are not looking for seasoned politicians. They tell us that they are looking for men and women from our congregations who are filled with the Holy Spirit and have Christlike character.
Let’s be multidimensional in our kingdom work. Let’s not abandon our culture to spiritual forces for evil. Let’s engage on every front.
Dr. Billy Puckett,
Director of Missions