By Legislative Liaison Carolyn Martin
Bringing Truth to the Capitol
Recently, I had a conversation with a legislator about the death penalty. You see, there is a bill (SB20-100) working its way through the legislative process to repeal Colorado’s death penalty law. I know that good Christian people can and do disagree about the implementation of the death penalty. Mostly, I wanted to hear his heart on the matter and see if there was any room for him to hear another perspective. I listened and knew he had made up his mind.
When I asked another legislator where he stood on the issue, he wanted to know what I thought. I could tell he was not set on a position; he was conflicted and searching. I stated my view but gave him a resource that laid out several viewpoints and asked him to seek the Lord’s wisdom. After all, it is the Holy Spirit that changes hearts and minds. We are called to speak truth, and He does the rest.
Loving Your Neighbor
Interestingly, while speaking with the first legislator, our conversation turned to God’s purpose for us here on this earth. To love God and to love our neighbor. Afterwards, God graciously led me to a radio program on policy issues from a Christian perspective. The panel spoke of how part of loving your neighbor is helping craft good policy that reflects biblical principles and the goodness of God.
All of us are impacted by the policies and laws enacted by our government. Well-meaning legislators write laws attempting to help the poor and the orphan, but so often those laws bring increased suffering. As believers, it is essential that we bring policy solutions that will reflect His heart and His ways. We can’t ignore the policy arena if we truly want to love our neighbor!
Weekly Prayer Meeting at the Capitol: 11 am in room 351. All are welcome!
House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee: 1:30 pm in room 271 on Thursday, February 13th. Two good parental rights bills (HB20-1063, HB20-1144) and a religious liberty bill (HB20-1033) will have a public hearing. Bring the truth in your testimony, or just come to stand with those who support families. Large crowds speak volumes.
Colorado Homeschool Freedom Prayer Email: Pray with me about bills that are before the legislator. Join the team at chec.org/freedom!
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
Carolyn Martin, CHEC Legislative Liaison