searching for the words to say

January 7
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Finding the right words have never been a problem for me. I’ve ghostwritten countless speeches, statements, and mass communications for officials, companies, and various other people in power. In this job, I write, I speak, I communicate.

At the risk of seeming too vulnerable, I’m struggling for the right words.

It’s difficult to know what to say to my six-year-old son – faced with the prospect of turning 10 before we’ll have the opportunity to defeat an administration that will advance death, destruction, and socialism.

I used the defeat of Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue – who he personally prayed for every day – as a teaching moment for him, but I felt a mixture of emotion and pain throughout the day. I’m not sure how clear I was as I tried to convey to him that God doesn’t always answer prayer as we expect but that his plan is always good.

The right words have similarly failed to come since I watched in horror the events unfold at the Capitol on Wednesday. The rioting and violence were utterly despicable, and a struggle (and consistent failure) to find the right words has led to this email being started countless different ways and numerous social media post drafts being deleted.

I feel like I’m supposed to have the answers – as a man, a dad, and as the leader of this organization. I’ll admit to you that I don’t. I’ll tell you I’m discouraged and in pain. I’m hurting, and my emotions are raw. The images I’ve seen on TV will have ramifications for years to come, and the punch-in-the-gut from the runoff elections will be tough to get over.

While I don’t have all the answers, I know the Bible commands me to be hopeful and joyful.

I know that my resolve to transform our state for His glory has never been stronger, and that there is no circumstance where our faithfulness to be in the arena should wane.

I know that – despite immense challenges – the data shows that Georgia is not lost. With the right strategies and the right message, the ingredients are there to take our state back.

I know that, when the legislative session gavels in on Monday, the majority of our legislators share our values. We WILL make gains for the issues we care about.

Our organization is primed to be part of the solution, and I’m sure that the Lord is leading us on the right path. We are committed to forging a Georgia where God is honored, and I promise no one will work harder toward that end than I will.

This is the moment where the Church in Georgia says “enough!” takes a stand and reclaims our state for the Gospel. It is time to wake up – revival is on the doorstep.

It is human nature to get frustrated in times like this and to get angry or walk away. That is entirely inconsistent with our biblical mandate. Even as we search for the right words and right answers, we know that now is not the time to shrink back.

The culture has never needed the Gospel more.

The culture has never needed an organization committed to a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished more.

Christendom has never needed believers committed to glorifying God and loving their neighbor more.

We need you, frankly. This work matters, and now is the time.

I’ve seen dark days recently. But, I cling to hope.

I choose to live with joy because He has given me every reason to. I refuse to make politics a god, and I refuse to let earthly defeats curtail my lasting witness. I hope you’ll join me in these commitments.

We have work to do, my friends. I’m committed to it. Are you?

Never More Committed,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

 

PS. I’m leaning on Scripture during this time. God’s promises allow us to truly live differently in the midst of great struggles than the non-believer does. This rendition of “It is well with my soul” is a song I find encouraging when I feel the weight of the spiritual battles we fight.