“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” – Matthew 5:13-16 (HCSB).
Great Commission Living means Christians living as salt in this world, creating and preserving a climate for effective witness. Christians are also called to be light so that others can see and become aware of the ethical implications of critical social and moral issues. The Office of Public Policy works to educate South Carolina Baptists about issues that affect Christians and encourage all citizens to become more aware and active in the arena of elected government.
Scripture addresses specific social and moral issues present in society. The Office of Public Policy can provide biblical resources to inform citizens on issues including abortion, drug and alcohol regulations, and gambling, and encourage activism in areas such as marriage and religious liberties. Romans 13:1-7 outlines God’s plan for government and Christians’ participation in it. The Office of Public Policy can assist individuals, pastors, churches, and organized groups in creating a positive impact on government and better support local elected officials.
“When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan” – Proverbs 29:2 (HCSB).
The Office of Public Policy exists to provide information and training for pastors and churches on energizing our people to get involved in the Public Square. Scripture tells us that we are to be salt and light in this world so the Father may be praised. We believe Christians are called to be Salt to create and preserve a climate in which our witness can be effective. We are called to be Light so others can see or become aware of the ethical implications of current critical issues.
As Salt, our office closely monitors current legislation and presents the Baptist viewpoint to members of the SC General Assembly daily during the legislative session. Mark Hendrick, associate director, is willing to meet you or your group to explain the legislative process and how you can be effective in your community and state. We work together with other religious and civic groups to shape policy and affect the language of our state laws.
As Light, we provide information and materials concerning moral, social and cultural conditions in America and, specifically, in South Carolina. Our office tracks state legislation as it deals with social or moral issues that affect individuals, families and churches.
We offer ourselves as a living resource to you and your church. We invite you to join us as we strive to minister to, witness to, and pray for South Carolina’s elected officials.