The Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) Office of Public Policy is the public policy information and advocacy office of the church Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate the social witness perspectives and policies of the COGIC. Our church has a long history of applying biblically and theologically-based insights to issues that affect the public and ensuring that the voice of the church is heard in the public sphere. Because we serve a sovereign God, who is at work in all the world, the church and every believer should be concerned about public policy and social justice.
It is the vision of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. that there be emphasis on the responsibility and authority of the church to make a social witness that remains true to its biblical roots, theological heritage, and contemporary practice. amid the changing winds that have modified the norms of our nation. In light of a sharp moral shift in the nation, the church must confidently stand on the authority of Scripture and must not allow its prophetic voice to fall silent. It must speak faithfully, truthfully, persuasively, humbly, boldly and urgently.
Throughout the Bible, scripture reveals God's will to do justice. The bible reminds God's people in Micah 6:8"…What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" The prophets give specific warning to those who seek only their own well-being and ignore the well-being of the marginalized and oppressed. Israel's failure to be just and righteous was clearly seen as disobedient to God and the reason for national decay and destruction. Today’s church must be committed to ideal of a just society and speak to the social conditions, which contribute to the moral decline of our world.
Together, if we take action on the vision of our Presiding Bishop, that we are called to minister and witness to a deeply distressed and troubled world, we can achieve progress on a scale and scope that will effectively impact public policies and social justice around the world.
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