DULUTH – Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” We are in a fight for religious freedom in America and, yes, in Georgia as well.
In September Dr. J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, sent to every Georgia Baptist pastor a DVD of One Generation Away. This film is a fast-paced documentary that travels the United States in search of a deep understanding of the religious freedom clauses in the First Amendment. It is a marvelous film that every family in America needs to see.
On Sunday, Oct. 25, First Baptist Church in Ellijay screened the movie and hosted a question and answer session with Senator Josh McKoon and the film’s director Ken Carpenter.
Buck Burch, GBC state missionary and interim pastor of the Ellijay church, commented, “Overall I was very pleased with both the attendance and the interaction from our people with the film screening. The movie was about an hour-and-a-half, and it dealt with the very current issues related to religious liberty for churches, for businesses run by Christians, and for Christian individuals who perform any creative work for sale in the public market.
“Perhaps most surprising to me was the stark reality of the degradation of religious liberty already within the American society. Living in an ever-changing American community inundated by social media, there is an emotional callousness that can develop when confronted with subtle attacks. This film painted a cohesive timeline of the erosion and what awaits if we do not unite to do something about it now.”
If this film has not been shown in your church, please encourage your pastor to schedule a time when you and others can view it. It will be well worth your time and will challenge you to stand strong as we face an increasing assault on the issue of religious liberty.