The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas Baptists. Rather, the CLC speaks to Texas Baptists and to others about issues as determined by its 18 commissioners.

Gus Reyes

Director, Christian Life Commission


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Where are the courageous prophets?


Pastors in my religious tradition (Anglo southern Baptist) tend to be more priest than prophet — they mostly administer religious duties instead of confronting people in their sinfulness.

I was a pastor once. We tend to preach against sins our members have tacitly agreed upon, but we often ignore the primary sins of those members — greed, pride, lust, and gluttony, as well as failure to care for the hungry, hurting, imprisoned, foreigners, and others of Jesus’ “least of these.” Not all of us, surely, but many.It is not easy to be both priest and prophet, and this is not the first time in Judeo-Christian history that the challenge has arisen.

John Calvin, in his commentary on Jeremiah, says the great Jewish prophet “was of the priestly order. Hence the prophetic office was more suitable to him than to many of the other prophets, such as Amos and Isaiah.”...

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Ethics & Justice

Information on Christianity & Same Sex Marriage

We seek to provide online resources on an array of ethical topics that point toward a Christ-centered approach to living. Issues we focus on include: Hunger & Poverty, Citizenship and Ethical Choices. We also feature an Ethical Living Blog. To learn more, please visit our Ethics & Justice pages or contact Ferrell Foster at: .

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Public Policy

Christian citizenship is a response to the call of God and the example of the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. As caring Christians, we are called to reach out to the needs of the world with talents, spiritual gifts and compassion. Because of this, our Public Policy branch has provided information on public policy issues such as Criminal Justice, Alcohol & Addiction, Education and Gambling, so that the world we live in can reflect Biblical truth. To learn more, please visit our Public Policy pages or contact Kathryn Freeman at: .

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Ministry Impact

Our ministry impact focuses on issues we feel are highly important in today's culture. Our three main focuses are on church law, hunger and poverty and immigration. To learn more, please visit our Ministry Impact pages or contact Bianca Barajas at: .

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Hunger Offering

Texas Baptists are working together with many Baptist partners in Texas and around the world to show Christ's love and generosity by meeting immediate hunger needs and helping people escape the devastation of poverty. Alongside these trusted partners, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering seeks to empower those in need by funding relief and development projects that are holistic and sustainable.

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Statements

Follow-up Statement on Border Separation of Families

Follow-up statement from Gus Reyes, director of the Christian Life Commission

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Border Separation of Families

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission on border separation of families

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Response to repeal of DACA

Kathryn Freeman of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s repeal of DACA

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Response to executive order on religious liberty

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty

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Election Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to 2016 Election Results

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Refugee Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to Texas’ Withdrawal from the Refugee Resettlement Program

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HB 2 Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

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