By Waylon Bailey, Pastor First Covington
For all of the problems in the United States of America, we are a blessed people.
I hope that every day is a day of thanksgiving for you. We are blessed to live in a land of plenty and to be people who are free to vote, protest, speak, and worship.
In my way of thinking, the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States is a blessing from God. I thank God for the right to worship Him openly and without fear. I thank God that we can communicate the Gospel to others.
A large part of the blessing of this country is that we are founded on the Judeo-Christian worldview, a worldview found in the Scripture. Many years ago, a bishop of the Anglican Church spoke in the chapel at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He pointed out the connection between democracy and the biblical worldview.
When you look on a map, wherever you see democracy you also see the influence of the Christian religion. I am thankful to live in a democracy.
I am also thankful to have a small part in helping people outside our country know Christ.
As a Louisiana Southern Baptist, each week that you give through your local church, part of your offering is used to promote the Gospel outside our country.
The International Mission Board has 5,000 missionaries around the globe. Those missionaries have 4,000 children who depend on us!
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions provides half of the support for these missionaries.
Last year, Southern Baptists gave $145 million for this mission offering. It sounds like a wonderful accomplishment until you realize the $145 million represents only $10 per member!
Here’s my request to Louisiana Southern Baptists, please make sure that your family gives no less than the $10 per member amount.
Perhaps you’ve never given to the Lottie Moon offering before, would you give at least $10 per family member this year? If you have given, would you prayerfully consider giving more?
We have much for which to be thankful. We need to share the Good News. One great way to help share the Gospel around the world is to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.