September 18, 2017
Every elected official and legislator in the capitol is almost always identified or introduced the same way – with the “D” or “R” after their name. Then they are usually labeled by their ideology – as a liberal, moderate, or conservative. Recent events in West Virginia politics have caused much discussion about what it means to be a Democrat or a Republican. What do the parties stand for? How do they get the message out and effectively communicate what it means to be a leader or member of their party?
However, there is a label, an identification which for every person in the capitol is more important than party affiliation or ideological affinity. That is the label of “Christian”. “Christian” and “Christianity” have come to mean a lot of different things in our society. So, we would ask, “What does it mean to be a Christian?” What does a Christian believe in and stand for? What is the message Christians need to communicate? There is no other place to find the answer to these all-important questions than the Bible. A good place to start might be where the early believers were first called Christians.
This will be the these of this month's interim Bible study (download here) at the West Virginia state capitol. Please pray as we meet at the statehouse for a time of study, fellowship, and prayer and have the opportunity to discuss what it mean to say "I am a Christian" in the capitol.
Capitol Commission West Virginia