Crucial Issues on the Horizon for PA in 2019
Pennsylvania Pastors Network Points to Two Actions by Governor and Two Bills Still on the Table That Carry Impact for the Faithful
PHILADELPHIA—Several important issues for people of faith are front and center in Pennsylvania for 2019.
First, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he is not opposed to exploring the idea of legalized recreational marijuana in the state. According to the Allentown Morning Call, Wolf tweeted that “More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, and we need to keep learning from their efforts. Any change would take legislation. But I think it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana.”
Then, according to an ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, Wolf also commuted the life sentence of a woman who was
convicted of first-degree murder for leaving her newborn daughter to die in a toilet more than 20 years ago.
Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.PApastors.net) Executive Director Gary Dull said Christians must wonder if these decisions from the governor will mean further actions that will excuse drug use and exhibit a disregard for the sacredness of life.
“Christians must remain vigilant about faith issues here in our state,” said Dull, pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Altoona. “From matters of family protection, drug abuse and the sanctity of life, those who are committed to defending morals and values in the commonwealth have a responsibility to remain engaged and keep in contact with our lawmakers in 2019. The American Pastors Network and Pennsylvania Pastors Network work to keep pastors and people in the pews informed of the biblical and constitutional issues that shape our state—and our nation.”
Additionally, the Pennsylvania Family Council and Pennsylvania Family Institute are bringing attention to two bills that are awaiting action from lawmakers. The Down Syndrome Protection Act would stop any child from being aborted solely due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Pennsylvania House passed the measure 139-56, and HB 2050 is now awaiting a vote from the State Senate.
Secondly, the institute reports that a renewed push exists for harmful legislation in Pennsylvania that would allow men in women’s restrooms. Voting no on SB 613 and HB1410/HB2341 would protect religious freedoms and rights to personal privacy, the organizations reports.
Dull, along with American Pastors Network (APN, www.AmericanPastors.net) President Sam Rohrer and Dave Kistler, president of the North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN, www.NCpastors.net), co-hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” radio program. Find a station here.
The Pennsylvania Pastors Network, a state chapter of the American Pastors Network, is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in the political process on a non-partisan basis.
PPN encourages pastors to bring together biblical and constitutional principles in their sermons and provides resources to pastors throughout the state. For more information on PPN, visit its website at www.papastors.net, its Facebook page or call 610.901.3607.