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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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