Providing books to all 535 congressional offices is about the Gospel and human dignity for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
The ERLC’s Washington office has been hand-delivering three books produced by its staff to all the members of Congress since Nov. 1. It will continue to do so until the books are in the offices of 100 senators and 435 representatives.
The goal is about more than winning a policy battle, said Brent Leatherwood, the ERLC’s director of strategic partnerships.
“We think that as people of the cross, we should be able to dialogue with people who disagree with us on policy issues without just automatically seeing them as enemies, and that’s the least that the Gospel expects of us,” Leatherwood told Baptist Press in a phone interview.
The books being placed in congressional offices are:
— “Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel” by ERLC President Russell Moore;
— “The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God’s Rich Vision for Humanity” by Daniel Darling, the ERLC’s vice president for communications;
— “The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation,” a volume in the ERLC’s The Gospel for Life series edited by Moore and Andrew Walker, the entity’s director of research and senior fellow in Christian ethics. The book consists of chapters by Thabiti Anyabwile, Matthew Hall, Daniel Hays, D.A. Horton, Eric Mason and Trillia Newbell.
“The messages within these books lay the foundation for a healthier public square,” said Travis Wussow, vice president for public policy in the ERLC’s Washington office.
“One of the drivers of the brokenness in our national conversation is a belief that the people with whom we have political disagreements are actually people with bad motives trying to destroy the country rather than accepting that we simply have different visions of the good life,” Wussow told BP in written comments. “It is hard to hate your political opponent when you see them as an individual endowed with the inherent value of bearing God’s image.”
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Source: Baptist Press