AMERICA STANDS AT A CROSSROADS
Dear friends,

America stands at a crossroads.

Frederick Douglas in 1847 defined a true patriot as a “lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins.” To genuinely love America, we cannot sweep our problems under the rug. We must acknowledge our national sins and actively work to right these wrongs.

Nearly 200 years later, Douglas’s wisdom rings true. The tragic death of George Floyd has brought our nation’s sins to the forefront. My heart broke watching the appalling video of Floyd’s slow and agonizing last moments as he struggled for breath under the knee of the callous and indifferent Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin.

I was proud to see my fellow Americans take to the streets in peaceful protests to demand systemic change so that this repulsive crime may never be committed again. Then I was horrified to watch these righteous demonstrations devolve into violence and destruction in cities across America.

The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to protest. We have a right to be angry over George Floyd’s death – and make no mistake, we all are outraged. The Scripture tells us that at times we will be angry, but that we must not allow it to drive us to sin. Anger can be a great motivator to create sweeping societal change. However, that change must be achieved in a peaceful manner or else we sow the seeds of future discord.

While I now serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, at my core I am still the pastor who stood at his pulpit for 25 years, and I continue to look to God for guidance.

In Acts 17:26, we are told that He created every nation on earth from one man. According to Galatians 3:28, there is no distinction between races, status, or gender, but rather we are all one in Christ. In Romans 2:11, we see that God is impartial and shows no favoritism for He loves all His children equally. Finally, verses like James 2:9 reveal that it is a sin to show partiality. Those who believe themselves to be superior to others do so with pride and arrogance. The Word of God is very clear: racism is sin.

In these turbulent days, I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s statement during the Civil War that “we have forgotten God.” That is what lies at the heart of America’s troubles today. We have lost our love of God. We have lost our love for one another. We need to return to God and restore the bonds between us. The simple reality is that all of us are sinners. We have all erred; we have all made mistakes, and we all need forgiveness from a just and loving God.

At the core of our nation, we have a deep spiritual problem within our nation’s heart. The violent riots wreaking havoc across our country underscore just how deep this problem runs. We have seen police officers shot, innocent civilians brutally attacked, businesses destroyed, and communities set ablaze. Racism is an evil sin, but more hateful acts are not the way to confront it.

My sincerest hope is that in the midst of this all we, as a community, will come together in a deeper understanding that God created all of us and He loves us without partiality. We should treat one another with the same love, respect, and civility that God offers us individually – in spite of all our faults and flaws.

America needs healing. Just as God offers us a new life in His Grace, we must chart a new path for America in which our mutual love of liberty and freedom far exceeds any division of race or belief.

Click here to watch my heartfelt response to today’s current events.


LAW AND ORDER 

On Wednesday, I joined my good friend, Jimmy Fallia on his show, "Fox Across America" to discuss recent events that have taken place.

Day after day, we continue to see our cities burn at the hands of criminals and their state and local leaders fail to stand up and protect their citizens. Instead, they spend their time politicizing everything and anything, attempting to shift the blame on the President.

When in fact, President Trump has been the one front and center in the fight to restore law and order throughout this chaos. Contrast that to the Democrats and leftist elites who defend agitators and arsons.

To hear our conversation, click here.


IT'S HURRICANE SEASON - ARE YOU PREPARED?

Hurricane season is here, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season may be above normal in terms of wind speed and number of storms. Although inclement weather preparedness can sometimes seem repetitive, it is important to be prepared during the COVID-19 pandemic. New norms, including social distancing, can affect the way medical care is distributed and minimized staff will be dispersed to assist with emergency relief. Travel has also become increasingly more challenging and therefore can disturb quick and effective evacuation. These obstacles emphasize the importance of creating a plan at the beginning of the season to ensure safety at home and at work. 

Atlantic hurricane season began June 1st and lasts through November 30th. It is important to follow the steps below to ensure that you are prepared for an emergency: 

  1. Know your hurricane risk—Hurricanes are typically considered to be a coastal phenomenon, but hurricanes commonly travel inwards past the coast. Regions near large bodies of water, despite proximity to the coast, need to be aware of flood risk.
  2. Create and share an emergency plan— It is important to create and share an emergency plan that includes places that are frequently visited. These plans should include how you plan to shelter or evacuate. Please consider your evacuation zone and the effects COVID-19 can have on evacuation.
  3. Make a supply kit— COVID-19 has made shopping, especially for cleaning or medical items, very difficult. However, it is important to have an emergency kit that contains disinfectant supplies, food, and cloth face coverings. 
  4. Adhere to warnings— With limited medical supplies and increased evacuation times, it is very necessary to heed all warnings. Frequently checking with emergency organizations, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for emergency updates will ensure more time for safe and efficient evacuation and preparedness. 

For more information regarding hurricane safety as well as preparing for other disasters and emergencies, click here.


CALLING ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

If you’re a small business owner in need of help as you recover from the effects of COVID-19, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is an excellent resource. Throughout the year, the SBDC provides tools, training, and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. 

Currently, it’s offering its continuing education programming at no direct charge to you for the rest of the calendar year. Click here to register for courses covering topics such as “After COVID-19, Ways to Pivot Your Business to Succeed” and “Restaurant Rebound: Financial Survival Essentials for the Food Service Business.” All sessions are via Zoom webinar.

To learn more about the UGA SBDC, click here to watch a short video.

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

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In This Edition
-  AMERICA STANDS AT A CROSSROADS
- LAW AND ORDER
HURRICANE SEASON IS COMING… ARE YOU PREPARED?
CALLING ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
 
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