118 AR Ministers, Church Leaders Sign Letter Against Casino Proposal

On Monday Family Council Action Committee released an open letter from ministers and church leaders opposed to Issue 4, a proposed state constitutional amendment authorizing four casinos in Arkansas.

The letter reads,

As ministers and leaders in Arkansas, one of our primary responsibilities is to lead God’s people and protect them from any and all forms of harm and danger. That is why we are each signing this letter in opposition to the proposed ballot measure Issue 4.

Issue 4 would amend our state’s constitution to legalize casino gambling in Arkansas. This is not a political issue or an economic issue. This is a social and moral issue. Passing Issue 4 quite literally would wreck families and ruin lives in Arkansas.

Casino gambling is tied to crime, bankruptcy, homelessness, domestic violence, divorce, and suicide. Countless children have gone hungry and been neglected, living in poverty, because of a parent’s gambling addiction.

It is our sincere conviction that legalizing casino gambling in Arkansas will harm the families and communities we are called to serve. As Christians, we are instructed to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Issue 4 would hurt our neighbors and their loved ones. For this reason, we oppose Issue 4 and we hope that other Arkansans will as well.

Altogether, 118 ministers and church leaders signed the letter, including former Baptist pastor and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee; Pastor Ronnie Floyd; and Pastor Greg Sykes, President of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Click here to download a copy of the letter and a list of the ministers and church leaders who signed it.

You can read an analysis of Issue 4 here.

Speakers Announced for 2018 Pastor’s Day at the Capitol

We are excited to host Pastor’s Day at the Capitol 2018 on Thursday, February 15, from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the State Capitol Building in downtown Little Rock.

This free, nonpartisan event is open to all pastors, chaplains, church leaders, and their spouses.

Come hear from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Pastor Gary Bell of Pine Bluff First Assembly, and Arkansas Representative Fred Allen (D — District 30).

This will be a time to focus on worshiping God, ministering to those in authority, fostering better relationships between you and your legislators, practicing good citizenship, and learning how your congregation can do the same.

You can register for Pastor’s Day at the Capitol for free by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact Charisse Dean at 501-375-7000 or charisse@familycouncil.org.

Come and be encouraged, empowered, inspired, and informed!