Capitol Report: The Christianity I Know

Feb 14, 2015

Last week at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama made insensitive remarks about Christianity that deeply disappointed me and many other Christians across the nation. While rightly criticizing the atrocious violence by the Islamic State, the president wrongly compared this behavior to the Christian faith to make a political point. His remarks oversimplified history and did not acknowledge the real threat radical Islam poses to all faiths.

The Christianity I know spreads a message of love and hope that we see throughout southeast and southern Missouri.

  • In Cape Girardeau, La Croix Church collects money to build clean wells for villages in Africa and supports Feed My Starving Children.
  • In Rolla, volunteers from Grace Fellowship Church and churches around the area feed more than 5,000 needy families each year.
  • Farmington Ministerial Alliance is a group of local churches that run thrift stores to fund food pantries and provide financial assistance for those who need help paying utility and medical bills.
  • The group Young Faith in Christ provides mentors to children in schools, and the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bonne Terre offers new basic school supplies for students each August in their “Free Stuff for School” program.
  • The Christian Clinic in West Plains helps those without health insurance by providing no-cost access to preventive medicine and medical care.
  • In Mountain View, the volunteers at Good Samaritan Care Clinic offer the uninsured valuable medical and dental services.

This is the Christianity I know. The president is not a theologian or a historian, he is the Commander-in-Chief. Our president should be talking about how to best protect Americans and encouraging the good works of Christians here at home, not inflaming tensions of division and offending Christians.