Pastor on the church and citizenship
To the Editor:
Brownwood Baptist Church experienced its seventh annual God and Country Day on July 1. It was a pleasure to have as our guests, Sheriff Robert Markley, Commission Chair Ellen Warren, and Jordan Chinouth, campaign manager for Congressman Paul Broun. Chinouth read an inspiring letter from Congressman Broun to our church reflecting our dependence on God. Others were invited, but were not able to come. Each year, here at Brownwood, we invite our elected officials to join us for worship, food, and fellowship. We pray regularly for "all who are in authority" as Paul commanded us in 1 Timothy 2. Some do not like to mix religion and politics. Here at Brownwood, we believe that to be a good Christian is to be a good citizen. Our foundational beliefs as Christians affect our values and our values affect our decisions in life. If those decisions, which are a reflection of our core values, include how we vote, then you can't separate your religion from politics. After all, our values reflect our belief system which is the Word of God. William Penn said, "If you are not governed by God, you will be ruled by tyrants." Let's return to the God of our fathers who laid the moral and scriptural foundation for our nation. God bless America!
Pastor, Brownwood Baptist
Printed in the July 5, 2012 edition