By Jason J. McGuire
“Who would have ever thought that one of my best friends would be a Republican?”
I had to chuckle when Pastor Eric Walton, our legislative chaplain, shared this quote from one of our recent Legislative Bible studies. It was amusing because it came from one of our regular attenders. She’s a downstate Democrat and was referring to another one of our regular attendees, an upstate Republican. They don’t agree about a lot politically, but they find that our Legislative Bible Study, currently meeting virtually, is a safe place to lay down the weapons of political ideology. There, they can listen to and learn from one another. It’s a beautiful thing, and it’s the power of the Gospel at work in the statehouse.
While it’s true that the Gospel can be divisive between those who submit to it and those who will not (see Matthew 10:34-36, John 6:66-69), it can also be tremendously unifying among those who will receive it (see Psalm 133:1, Ephesians 4:3).
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 is GivingTuesday. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. When so much attention is given to what divides us, generosity brings people together across racial, faith, and political lines. When you give to NYFRF, you help bring even political opponents together around a message of God’s love for every person.
Today, I hope you’ll remember NYFRF with a generous donation. While our year-end goal is $200,000, our GivingTuesday goal is $15,000 of that. Tax-deductible donations can be made via stock transfer, online or by check. Checks can be made payable to “NYFRF” and sent to: PO Box 131, Spencerport, NY 14559-0131.
Thank you for your gracious support as we carry the Gospel to legislators’ hearts.
Jason J. McGuire serves as president of New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation.