post-Crossover reflections

March 10

There’s such a difficult balance in the Christian walk, isn’t there? It’s one I’ve noticed all-the-more significantly since I left the private sector to run this ministry four years ago.

As Christians, we are commanded to be hard workers – to do what we are called to do with all our might and to be diligent in our labors (Proverbs 13:4). Such diligence is paramount, yet, if we yield to human nature, it can lead to numerous sinful attitudes: anxiety (“I have poured so much effort into this, therefore I am concerned for the outcome”), pride (“It’s been my labors, therefore, I should be due the credit”), and self-reliance (“I must count on my strategies, my talent, my labors to make this happen”).

It’s counter-intuitive to both fully embrace the level of excellence God has called us to in our labors – working hard, building the right teams, thinking things through diligently, and using the right strategies – and reject the natural attitudes that come with it.

After a milestone, like Crossover Day, I want to make sure that our attitudes reflect how He wants us to view things – grateful for the blessings He gave, confident and hopeful in His promises, committed to steadfast walking with Him, giving Him all the glory, not anxious, yet also diligent, strategic, and realistic in our preparations to meet the enormity of the challenges ahead.

With that in mind, here are some reflections on where we stand:

  • First of all, I’m so thankful to have an awesome team down at the Capitol. Our staff, interns, and volunteers have made a positive impact, provided a strong sense of professionalism, and are a true reflection of Christ. Your generosity in allowing us to grow this team has yielded powerful results.
  • We have endorsed numerous election integrity related bills. Most of those that we have supported, including the two large “omnibus” bills (HB 531 and SB 241) have passed their Chamber of origin. Here’s the challenge: those two bills – and the numerous others that passed – are different. Election reform will become law this year. How extensive those measures are, however, remains to be seen. We’ll be providing more information on these issues in a separate email soon.
  • Our aggressive legislative agenda saw numerous victories on Crossover Day. Most notably, HB 290, the Right to Visit Bill – which protects the right of hospital patients to have physical contact with a legal representative and the right of long-term care patients to have a minimum of two essential caregivers with at least 2 hours/day of physical access – passed the House despite immense pressure from moneyed interests like the Chamber of Commerce working in opposition. This is a BIG victory for human dignity, and we’ve been honored to partner with Rep. Setzler on this.
  • Another big win includes SB 226, the Anti-Obscenity Bill, which passed the Senate despite intense opposition from the political left and the education institutions. This is the first major step in addressing the crisis of obscene materials in schools. Sponsored by Sen. Jason Anavitarte, this bill provides parents a right to be heard if they have concerns over material and requires the schools to respond in a timely manner – by either pulling the material or explaining why it doesn’t meet their definition of obscene. The process would then allow for parental appeal. We see this as a big win that we’ll continue to shape as it goes through the process.
  • Other wins leading up to and on Crossover include (but are not limited to): SB 116 by Sen. Randy Robertson (Maternal Home Bill), HB 212 by Rep. Kasey Carpenter (Simon’s Law), HB 128 by Rep. Rick Williams (Gracie’s Law), SB 78 by Sen. Harold Jones (increasing penalties for “revenge porn”), HB 194 by Rep. Steven Sainz (protecting children from predators), SB 200 by Sen. Jason Anavitarte (protecting religious freedom and small businesses during a pandemic), HB 114 and HB 154 by Rep. Bert Reeves (adoption reform), SB 51 by Sen. Bruce Thompson (Tebow/Mosely Bill), and SB 47 by Sen. Steve Gooch (Special Needs Scholarship).
  • None of the bills mentioned above are “done” as they still have to pass the other chamber and be signed into law. However, these are strong wins to be grateful for!
  • That said, there’s a lot that still needs to happen. Georgia still must do more to protect religious freedom (as the Supreme Court recently affirmed), Save Girls Sports did not get a vote in either Chamber, school choice measures were set to the side, free speech on college campuses did not get a vote, and so on. While we are thankful to the Lord for the things that did happen, we must be realistic in fighting for some major legislation that needs to rise to the forefront. I must confess to being frustrated, but I will commit that we will not stop fighting!

Please remain prayerful. There’s a long way to go. Just as the bills that passed one Chamber still need to pass the other, even the bills that did not pass are not “completely dead.” The Lord can still do miraculous things, and we are working behind the scenes – using the right strategies – to keep our priorities alive.

So, keep praying. If you feel led, join us at the Capitol. And, if you’re both excited about this work AND wanting to see more, please consider a $50, $100, $250, or greater donation today.

Pressing onward with a biblical perspective – working diligently and trusting Him.

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director