September 2, 2011
On Wednesday (31 August) the 151st General Assembly adjourned sine die for the second time this year. The special session was called by Governor Nathan Deal to address three legislative issues: (1) legislative and congressional redistricting; (2) regional transportation referendums; and, (3) ratification of the governor’s “gas tax” suspension. Redistricting, which occurs every ten years, was the primary issue.
Was the special session a success with regard to redistricting? It depends who you ask. There are those who believe the Voting Rights Act was distorted in favor of political advantage. There are others who believe differently and would affirm that the new maps are fair and legal. Who is right? Capitol Commission was not organized as a national ministry to answer that question. The mission of Capitol Commission is obedience to the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) within the capitol communities of the world. Our mandate is to see the hearts and lives of elected officials transformed with the Word of God.
Although our emphasis is not upon legislation or politics, we can be assured that moral lawmakers will make more moral laws; therefore, we expect our entire state and nation to benefit as this ministry grows. As a ministry, Capitol Commission (and those who partner with us) desires more godly government, and I am certain you desire this also or you would not be reading this ministry update. However, have you thought to answer what you and I are doing to correct this deficiency? William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, stated in the preface to his state constitution:
Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. . . . I know some say, let us have good laws . . . but let them consider, that though good laws do well, good men do better. . . .
Ethical laws are good, but ethical people are far better. How are people made more ethical? The answer is by the sovereign work of God in the hearts of individuals through the proclamation of the gospel. The gospel is committed to the church; therefore, it is God’s people who have the message that can transform lives. I compel you to join us in faithfully proclaiming the message of God’s grace within the government communities of our nation. Join us in praying that God would demonstrate His grace and mercy to those who do not know Him, and strengthen those who do. May we as “the pillar and support of the truth,” be found faithful in a ministry of grace and discipleship as we reach our government communities for Christ.
- Please pray with regard to partnership in the ministry of Capitol Commission.
- Please pray for our elected officials, and contact me if I can help you or your congregation in praying specifically for those in authority over us.
- Please join us at our Savannah luncheon on Friday, 23 September, to learn more with regard to the church's mandate to reach our government leaders with the gospel message.
- Please pray with regard to partnership financially to help in the expansion of this ministry. We have an immediate need for $1000 monthly support (which can be met by 5 churches/individuals at $200/month, 10 churches/individuals at $100/month, or even a one-time gift). We are a faith ministry, which means we are dependent upon contributions from churches and individuals (and yes, no gift is too small). Thank you to those who currently give: you are a blessing!!