The Resolutions and Christian Life Committee brought six resolutions before messengers. All were approved with no discussion.
The “Resolution on Illinois House Bill 40 Providing Tax-Payer Funded Abortions” is a response to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signing of a law “which provides tax-payer funded abortions through Medicaid and the state employees’ health insurance plan.” Through the resolution messengers called upon Rauner and state lawmakers to repeal the bill, “believing taxpayers’ money should not be used to fund abortions in any circumstance.”
The resolution adds: “Illinois Baptists will continue to support the rights of the unborn with prayer, ministry actions, and…that all human life is God-given and sacred, and should be protected by moral and righteous government.”
The “Resolution on the Recent Nashville Statement on Biblical Sexuality” supports the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s statement on biblical marriage, gender, and sexuality. It urged churches to consider signing and promoting it.
The “Resolution on U.S. House Bill 610 Known as the Choices in Education Act of 2017 and No Hungry Kids Act” urged messengers to “affirm the parent’s right to send their children to public schools with appropriate meals from home and affirm the current practice of public schools providing healthy breakfast and lunch programs for students.”
The resolution in “Recognition of Four IBSA Churches Founded in 1818 and Before” honored First Baptist Church, Elizabethtown (1806); Shiloh Baptist Church, Villa Ridge (1817); Bankston Fork Baptist Church, Harrisburg (1818); and First Baptist Church, Jonesboro (1818).
Two additional resolutions expressed appreciation for meeting host Tabernacle Baptist Church and to IBSA staff member Sylvan Knobloch, who is retiring in December after 38 years of service.