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February 22, 2019

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21

The words rising up from my heart to form on my tongue must constantly be checked. How about you?

The constant bitter battle of words in our nation has evoked the use of the term “tribalism” to describe today’s polarized political culture. This term is debated, (Google tribalism – politics), but the political division and hate remarks, whatever you call them, bring great concern. Former Florida Senator Bill Nelson, in his final Senate speech, December, 2018, said, “Tribalism is our problem and, if not corrected, it’s going to take down our country.”  He spoke with the experience of being with Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, who shared with the Senator and his wife, Gloria, what led their nation to the 1994 Rwanda genocide. A genocide in the tribal political war resulting in the Hutu hacking to death 800,000 Tutsi in a matter of months. Here was his answer.

  1. We began to refer to ourselves as Hutu and Tutsi rather than Rowandans.
  2. We approached the country divided, seeking to conquer the other. We believed the other side had nothing good to offer.
  3. We tolerated hate not knowing where hate would lead. Hate is one of the worst passions and sent us over the edge.

        We thought it could never happen to us, because we were a “Christian” nation.[1]

It does not take much imagination to see a correlation of these points in our own nation.

Capitol Commission is choosing to plant seeds of life! Our ministry is building bridges around the exposition of God’s Word. I recently challenged legislators from both sides of the aisle to find a person polar opposite and begin building a relationship with them and praying for them. The time to sow seeds is now. What seeds can be sown to turn our nation away from further steps down this slippery slope? Clearly, the Bible points us to answers that do not seem attractive to us. “Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you and pray for kings and all those in authority over you.” These are not suggestions but commands from our Lord. The last is the priority command to fight the good fight of faith.

The seed planting of the Word of God and the gospel, without attachment to political or lobbying agenda, is what sets Capitol Commission apart. We bring gospel hope and spiritual strength to government leaders.

I believe God is raising Capitol Commission up for such a time as this. I am so grateful for each one of you who faithfully partner – thank you!

As you have the opportunity, make others aware of this ministry, especially with those you believe it might resonate. Pray fervently for our ministry partner base to increase. This ministry is advancing!

  • FROM ACROSS THE NATION-- Click here to read and praise God for these ministry updates from 2 of our 23 State Ministries.
  • Read a recent legislators Bible Study, Psalm 36 Legislators Bible Study.  Pray every day for legislative leaders and staff to welcome the Word of God, be drawn to salvation, and to grow in the Lord. Pray for those meeting one-on-one with State Ministers for discipleship.  
  • Religious Freedom is under attack. Would you pray for God to rule in two specific situations?
  • Growth and salvation decisions are being reported. Pray for the impact of the Word of God in hearts.

 All Glory to God!

   

Dr. Brad Harbaugh
President, Capitol Commission
USA - Minister 

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[1] Gloria Nelson, wife of Former Senator Bill Nelson, (National Prayer Breakfast Breakout Session, February 7,2019)