Should Christians Care about Public Policy?
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus calls on his disciples to be “salt” and “light” in the world. What he means is that Christians are called to bring out the flavors and colors of God right here in our homes, universities, businesses and even in our politics.
God has given Christians in democratic countries, like America, a unique way to “salt” their world that many though out time and across the world have not enjoyed. We have been granted the freedom to choose leaders and influence policy that will advance righteousness or unrighteousness.
- True – God isn’t a Republican or a Democrat.
- True – God will be in control no matter what.
- True – God has ordained the outcome for every election.
But God has also ordained the means to achieve that outcome – you and I exercising our duty and responsibility to vote and influence our leaders.
Those who say Christians should not try to impose their morality on the populace may want to consider the counsel of the late Chuck Colson:
“The popular notion that ‘you can’t legislate morality’ is a myth. Morality is legislated every day from the vantage point of one value system being chosen over another. The question is not whether we will legislate morality, but whose morality gets legislated.”
Christians, when rightly informed and motivated, change the character of political debate. They bring the moral standards of God’s kingdom into the civic realm and thereby become agents of His common grace — of His provision for those who believe as well as those who don’t and bring about the benefits of His plan to all.
To make a difference:
Read the information on bills on this page and reach out if more information is needed
For God to change hearts and to guide you on how he would have you be involved
Share the information with others and call the legislator
Legislation of Interest
Below is the latest legislation and who you can contact about it. If you have thoughts on the bills either positive or negative, please be sure to call the legislator listed below. It is good to be strong about a position, but please remember to be kind and respectful. Emails get lost in the many that they receive and the state legislators get few phone calls so they have big impact.
Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education
HB19-1032 – updated 1/31/2019
Link to Bill – http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1032
Summary from the Bill
“The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits instruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. “
A few points to consider –
- Promotes youth understanding of all types of sexual orientations as normal.
- Includes explicit information about the use of abortifacients, condoms, and other barrier methods.
- Any instruction must not employ gender norms or gender stereotypes. Is it possible to teach biblical sexuality without talking in terms of male and female?
- When talking about healthy relationships, LGBTQ relationships must have equal footing with heterosexual relationships. All experiences must be shared equally
- Opt-out is now required instead of having to opt-in.
- Affects both public and charter schools.
Despite overwhelming opposition to the bill (over 300 people testified to the bill over 8 hours), the committee passed the bill 7-4 along party lines.
The bill will now be heard by the Committee on Appropriations for funding review. It will likely then go to the floor of the House for a vote.
Information To Students Regarding Safe Haven Laws
SB19-025 – Added 1/25/2019
Link to bill – http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-025
SB19-025 is a piece of legislation that will help save newborns and allow young women to continue with their lives without making a tragic mistake by ensuring that information on Safe Haven laws are taught to all children in public school.
Colorado’s Safe Haven law allows a parent to anonymously hand over a newborn at a fire station, hospital, or freestanding emergency room. A woman who has been hiding her pregnancy can keep her baby safe, while still protecting her secret. Since the law passed in 2000, 60 infants have been safely relinquished in Colorado. Nationwide, more than 3,600 babies have been saved by Safe Haven Laws. (information from Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns).
Sponsor of the bill – Sen Jim Smallwood (303-866-4869)Prohibit Conversion Therapy for A MinorHB19-1129 – Added 2/3/2019Link to bill – http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1129SummaryProhibits a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed, certified, or registered mental health care provider from engaging in conversion therapy intended to change an individual’s sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.StatusWill be heard by the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on Feb 13th.In short, Christian therapists, and possibly others, would not be allowed to speak to anyone under the age of 18 about God’s real design for us and help that child with their misguided feelings.
Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention
Link to bill – http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1120SummaryThe bill allows a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.StatusCommittee hearing date to be assigned.