Dear Journey Family,
How should we relate to our political leaders? The Bible says that "petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people —for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We should pray for our leaders. Why? So they can govern in a way that allows us to continue to practice our faith.
At the moment, people of faith in our country have many freedoms and privileges. Though there will likely come a day when this will change, we want to do what we can to retain the freedoms and privileges we have.
The California Assembly is on recess in July, but on August 12 the Appropriations Committee will be hearing a bill that needs to be opposed in prayer and in writing. If passed, SB 1146 would substantially interfere with the ability of California’s faith-based colleges and universities to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their beliefs. This would impact 40 faith-based institutions in California, like Biola University.
Shouldn't churches stay out of politics? We believe that protecting people’s religious freedom and conscience is something that directly impacts the local church and Christians. Please pray and use the following links to pray, contact your assembly member, and stay informed.
Contacting the California Assembly
Updates on SB 1146 from Biola University
FAQs about SB 1146
One final piece of guidance. When contacting a government official, be clear but demonstrate the highest respect and civility. Romans 13 calls government officials "God's civil servants." Whether they are people of faith or not, they are serving God in their role. May our words show them respect and Christian love.
Your Journey of Faith Leadership Team