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.


March 26-27, 2019
Austin, Texas

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Gus Reyes

Director, Christian Life Commission


(512) 473-2288

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King had the 'audacity' to be 'other-centered'


In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. declared:

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up.

Merriam Webster’s Thesaurus lists shameless boldness as the best synonym for the word audacity.

Dr. King embodied righteous audacity as he proclaimed that every person regardless of race, country, or creed has the right to a full and healthy life despite the realities of oppression in the world.

Is this not the very essence of faith in Christ? Despite darkness, light wins. Despite oppression, freedom prevails. Despite hunger, people eat in abundance. The first shall be last. This audacious faith seems fitting for people who believe the God of the Universe became human in order to save the entire world from sin and evil.

In Texas, one in four children struggle with hunger. Our state ranks last -- 51st (50 states plus the District of Columbia) -- in terms of health care coverage. Thirty-one percent of Texans under 65 do not have health insurance and have barriers to adequate healthcare....

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What we do

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

Statement on Hateful Violence

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission on hateful violence

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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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