SOUTH CAROLINA BAPTIST CONVENTION
Please be much in prayer this weekend and through next week for the South Carolina House. Today (Thursday, May 11) is the official last day of the 2023 Legislative Session. Yesterday, the Governor confirmed he is calling the House back into session beginning Tuesday, May 16.
Speaker of the House Rep. Murrell Smith says the House will stay in session until the bill is passed. The Democrats have filed over 1000 amendments in an attempt to wear down the Republicans. Each amendment can take up to 6 minutes for presentation and debate. Republican lawmakers in support of the bill have said they are committed to see the bill pass. Republicans appear to have more than enough votes to pass the bill once it comes to a vote.
We have learned that Planned Parenthood has reserved space for 1000 people to be at the Statehouse on Tuesday. If you or members of your congregation can come to the Statehouse, it would be good to be able to have a show of support for our Republican lawmakers. I plan to stay at the Statehouse as long as the Legislature is in session.
You can click on the link below to find and contact your Legislator to see if they intend to vote for the bill. If the answer is yes, please be sure to let them know you support their decision and you will be praying for them. If the answer is no, respectfully ask them to reconsider and to support S474.
Remember, For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:12-13)
He must increase, I must decrease
Dr. Tony Beam
Director, The Office of Public Policy