In order to encourage Texas Baptists to participate in the democratic process, the CLC works at the Capitol to bring a biblical perspective to public policy, provides resources and encourages Texas Baptists to engage in informed advocacy on public policy issues affecting their churches and communities.


Kathryn Freeman

Director of Public Policy, Christian Life Commission


(512) 473-2288

Johnson Amendment protects churches from political manipulation


The tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the version now being considered by the Senate would roll back the 1954 law prohibiting partisan political involvement by nonprofit organizations, including churches. This effort to repeal the Johnson Amendment would harm both churches and the American political process. Currently, pastors can speak to any issue that is important to them and their community, but they cannot push particular candidates in their role as pastor. In other words, from the pulpit, pastors can deal with any issue, but not with candidates. And, away from the church, ministers can work for a candidate, but not as part of their work for the church. Any Christian, including any pastor, can endorse and work for any candidate or cause; he or she simply cannot do it as the church organization without the church paying taxes... [continue]


Public Policy Issues

We provide information on public policy issues such as Criminal Justice, Education, Gambling, and Immigration, so that the world we live in can reflect Biblical truth. Alcohol & Addiction, Education and Gambling, so that the world we live in can reflect Biblical truth. Learn more...

Faithful Response

Essays, devotionals, sermons and reflections on the role and practice of many faithful Christians and their experiences as advocates and faithful citizens. Learn more...

Legislative Sessions

Each session, the Christian Life Commission puts forth Public Policy Priorities. We also provide End of Session Reports from past sessions. Learn more about our goals for the 85th Legislative session. Learn more...

Resources

We are here to support both you and your church as you broaden ministry areas and transform your community through public policy and other active forms of Christian Citizenship. Learn more...

Advocacy Day

Each Legislative Session, the CLC convenes a group of pastors, lay leaders and students in Austin to learn more about the pressing policy challenges facing our state and meet with their elected officials. Learn more...