An open letter to Gov.-elect Beshear


November 17, 2019

Dear Governor-Elect Beshear,

Congratulations on your election as the 63rd Governor of Kentucky. This is a great honor. I am certain your mind, and life, must be running at break-neck speed as you make all the necessary adjustments to take office on December 10. As you prepare for your new role, I am writing you on behalf of the 2,350 churches of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

We are grateful for your work as attorney general in bringing sex traffickers to justice and protecting innocent women. We are also thankful for your work to curb the opioid crisis which has taken so much from so many. As you begin serving the people of Kentucky, I want to offer you three assurances on behalf of Kentucky Baptists.

First, I can assure you that Kentucky Baptists will pray for you. As followers of Christ we are instructed in scripture to pray for those who are in authority. We will pray God will grant you wisdom in the fulfillment of your duties. Romans 13:3 and 1 Peter 2:13-14 speak to the responsibility of governing authorities as they are to care for the people under their watch. We pray your administration will help Kentuckians.

Second, I can assure you of the support of Kentucky Baptists on areas where we share a common concern. Your work to stop sex trafficking and curb addiction is evidence you value human life. We, too, abhor the sex traffic trade that occurs inside our borders and decry the drug epidemic. We appreciate your efforts on both fronts.

Finally, we will disagree with you clearly but respectfully on issues that advance a pro-abortion position or an expanded gambling advocacy. We will also encourage you to distance your affiliation with pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood and NARAL. We believe God values every human life from conception to the coffin and so should we. We also believe it is our biblical responsibility to be a voice for those who have no voice (Proverbs 31:9). We try to reflect this conviction through ministries like Sunrise Children’s Services.

Once again, Governor-Elect Beshear, be assured of the prayers of Kentucky Baptists. We love Kentucky and believe God has richly blessed the Bluegrass. We pray He will guide your leadership as governor.


Dr. Todd Gray

KBC Executive Director-Treasurer


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Brian Schuette

A good word that strikes the right balance between supporting Governor-Elect Beshear and standing as the loyal opposition in areas of disagreement.

Saturday, November 16, 2019
David Arvin

Good letter. I hope Beshear reads it and heeds it.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Planned Parenthood is a very beneficial organization aside from the abortion debate which is another topic. It's a major resource for STDs and Cancer screenings for women and even men as well as an amazing source for future families offering, believe it or not, planning for parenthood. All of these services are offered at little cost to the patients catering to the impoverished. Studies show that areas who decrease funding for PP, pregnancy related deaths doubled and 54% fewer patients received care.

Regardless of anyone's stance on abortion (I'd be more than happy to discus this topic with anyone) Planned Parenthood is proven to be very beneficial to the communities they are located in.

Monday, November 18, 2019
Dale Beighle

Very well said. Well done

Monday, November 18, 2019

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