1/9/2008 - Congressman Davis tells Judson audience "God's work is our work"
Alabama 7th District congressman, Artur Davis, spoke at Judson College chapel on Jan. 8, telling his audience that faith should motivate people to help others in need.
"God's work must be our work," Davis said. "It really doesn't matter what our political leanings are in the face of human suffering. We must all work together to put a foundation around people who live in privation."
Davis is serving his third term in congress, representing a 12 county area that spans from Birmingham and Tuscaloosa to the Black Belt. He spoke in the college's first weekly chapel service in the spring semester.
In his introduction of Davis, Judson president Dr. David Potts noted Davis's frequent visits to the county and his active involvement in Gov. Bob Riley's Black Belt Action Commission.
"We appreciate Rep. Davis's help in a number of community improvement initiatives," Potts said.
Davis said he saw some substandard housing when he drove into the county that morning and thought about the people living in the houses.
"These people have dreams, I'm sure, but little possibility for the fruition of their dreams," he said. "And some of the boys and girls in this county will get their most substantial meals at school, not at home. We have a Christian obligation to make an alliance with these people. We're all God's children."
Davis said that Jesus' driving passion was to help afflicted people.
"And Jesus commanded us to serve 'the least of these' in his name," Davis said.
Davis reminded his audience of the Alabama church burnings in February, 2006. Two of the confessed arsonists were students at Birmingham Southern College, and the college determined to raise funds to help rebuild the churches. The school raised $1 million and prepared to celebrate at a banquet that fall attended by the pastors of all nine churches involved, Davis and others.
"A critic approached college president Dr. [David} Pollick and complained that raising the money made it appear that the college was responsible for the church burnings," Davis said. "Pollick's response, which he shared at the banquet, was classic. He argued that responsibility doesn't always mean 'at fault,' but can also mean to cherish others.
"People share space with us on planet Earth, and we must cherish them," Davis said. "If we do God's work, then there will be fewer abandoned people and fewer neglected communities. We must let his work be our work."
Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department