Christians are called to many different vocations besides the vocation of disciple and believer. We are also called to be spouses, parents, employers, employees and neighbors. One of our important vocations is that of citizen. On this page we will provide information that will help you carry out the vocation of citizen. We encourage all our members to be informed about our world, nation and state; to pray for leaders and citizens; and, as much as possible, to influence the world, nation and state toward that which is good and just that we might...
"...lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:2-4).
On June 26th, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Colorado baker who refused to serve a gay wedding ceremony based on his freedom of conscience. The plaintiff, Jack Phillips, has previously lost his cases in Colorado and US District courts, making the appeal to the Supreme Court necessary.
This case is extremely important to US Christians as the issue of discrimination vs. freedom of association as well as religious liberty has been hotly contested in recent years. If the plaintiff loses, this would set a precedent against any and all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Christian pastors and priests may eventually be sued for their refusal to perform same-sex marriages or even for declining church membership based on unrepentant sin.
That same Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in its case against the state of Missouri which refused funds to its school to be used for child safety based solely on religious grounds.
Despite a 7-2 ruling, a reading of the decision makes it clear that the use of state funds by a faith-based school is still a matter of contention and the exact purposes of the funds is drawn into question.
It is highly recommended that those interested go to www.scotusblog.com to better understand these rulings and the possible future implications.
Contact Information for
Our Political Leaders
Governor Bruce Rauner
Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (District 56) www.senatorhaine Ph. 217-782-5247 Fax 217-782-8287
Illinois Representative Dan Beiser (District 111)www.representativebeiser.com Ph. 217-782-5996 Fax 217-558-0493
Illinois Representative Katie Stuart (District 112) No website yet. Ph. 217-782-5951
US Congressional Representative Rodney Davis (District 12) www.rodneydavis.house.gov Ph. 202-225-2371 Fax 202225-0791
US Congressional Representative Mike Bost (District 12) www.bost.house.gov
Ph. 202-225-5661 Fax 202-225-0285
US Congressional Representative John Shimkus (District 15) www.shimkus.house.gov Ph. 202-225-5271 Fax 202-225-5880
US Senator Richard Durbin www.durbin.senate.gov Ph. 202-224-2152 Fax 202-228-0400
US Senator Tammy Duckworth www.duckworth.senate.gov Ph. 202-224-2854 Fax 202-228-0618