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Christian Life and Public Affairs (CLPA)

Pointing Culture In The Direction of Truth - A committee of the Baptist Convention of MD/DE

Who We Are

The CLPA committee is an entity of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware that is dedicated to addressing social and moral concerns and their implications on public policy issues at the local and state level.  Specifically, but not exclusively, these areas include:

Family Life, Human Relations, Race Relations, Moral Issues, Economic Life, Daily work, Citizenship, Church-State Relations, Cooperative Relationships with other Religious Groups, and areas where the gospel and the churches affect, or are affected by community and public life.

Our Vision

As the Holy Spirit speaks to us in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, civil government has been ordained by God to maintain social order that the gospel may go forth.  When government restrains chaos, conditions are best for preaching the gospel, and God desires that all people be given the opportunity to repent and be saved.  Our vision is to serve as Moses was called upon by God to deliver a message to the government of the day,  "Let My people go, that they may serve Me,"

Our Mission

Our mission is two-fold, to be salt and light.  We serve God's people to inform, educate and equip them to action in their families churches, communities, and even the public square.  As well we boldly declare the Word of God to the world that His touch may open hearts and minds to His good and perfect will.

Current Issue:  Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery.  Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.  Victims are young children, teenagers, men and women.

After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and is the fastest growing.

For more information on human trafficking visit our webpage http://bcmd.org/humantrafficking  

CLPA News & Awareness

  • Russell Moore elected next ERLC President

    NASHVILLE (BP) — Russell Moore has been elected as the next president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve Southern Baptists as ERLC president,” Moore said. “I pray for God’s grace to lead the ERLC to be a catalyst to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the mission of the Gospel in the world.” Click here to read full story.

  • Youth at Risk Conference

    ELLICOTT CITY, Md—Bethel Baptist Church in partnership with Mid-Maryland Baptist Association, will sponsor a “Youth at Risk” conference at the church April 4-5 in an effort to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking, to discuss preventative practices, expose signs of trafficking and to provide safe outlets and resources for victimized youth.There are combined and separate sessions for adults and students. The conference will be led by Araminta Freedom. The organization’s mission is ...

  • Gospel and Sexuality - ERLC Summit

    NASHVILLE (BP)– Engaging sexual ethics from a Gospel perspective will be the theme of the inaugural leadership summit sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Titled “The Gospel and Human Sexuality,” the first ERLC Leadership Summit will be held April 21-23 in Nashville, it was announced Tuesday (Jan. 21).

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