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Mark Creech ministers to legislators
K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
July 06, 2011

Mark Creech ministers to legislators

Mark Creech ministers to legislators
K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
July 06, 2011

“If we are to save our great nation, Christians must light

the light of evangelization and light the light of cultural engagement.” This

was the message of Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action

League of North Carolina, in an Independence Day service at Mount

Vernon Baptist Church

in Boone.

Speaking about the spiritual liberty that comes through

Christ, Creech encouraged the congregation to take their faith into the

schools, the halls of government, the voting booth, the arts, sports, media and

science and make Christ known in these areas until He is rightfully Lord of

them all.

“Our nation is in peril today because there is a disconnect

between the principles of Christianity and the principles of civil government,”

Creech said. His passion as director of the Christian Action League (CAL)

is to reconnect these principles and encourage the body of Christ to be active

in doing the same.

Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, spends time at the General Assembly keeping Christian values before state leaders.

The slogan of CAL

is: “The only lasting cure for evil and injustice is Christian Action.”

The organization was formed as a response to the repeal of

prohibition. Originally named “The Allied Church League,” it was birthed in

1937 by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC)

with the intent of forming a statewide interdenominational organization that

would address the state’s alcohol policy. In 1958, the organization’s mission

was expanded to address other issues of public policy affecting the religious

culture of the state. With the change in the charter, the name was changed to

the Christian Action League. In addition to the alcohol issue, today CAL

addresses issues such as the definition of marriage, gambling, pornography, and

abortion, as well as a host of other critical social issues. CAL

is still funded in part with a gift of $10,000 from the BSC

annual budget and from gifts from local churches and individual contributors. Conservative

evangelical churches from 17 denominations participate in CAL.

It is governed by a board of directors and a board of advisors made up of

members from across the state.

In addition to educating Christians on the current issues

and motivating them to action, one of the most important aspects of the

ministry is Creech’s interaction with the North Carolina General Assembly. When

asked to describe his job he said, “My job is to proclaim the gospel to those

who make our laws and to bring the Christian worldview to bear on the

legislation that they consider.”

As an ordained Southern Baptist minister, Creech pastored

churches for 20 years. He sees his current role as a continuation of that

ministry. “In many respects, I feel like I’m still pastoring. Some legislators

refer to me as their pastor. I am able to sit with them in their offices

and talk about the Lord as the opportunity arises.”

He says the call to leadership of the CAL

in 1999 came as the result of an increasing burden for the moral meltdown

taking place in our country. He became so burdened that he began addressing

social issues from the pulpit. “I found people in the pew were craving that

sort of information.”

Today, Creech speaks to churches across the state about the

two great mandates from Christ: the call to fulfill the Great Commission and

the call to be salt and light in our world. “You can’t effectively evangelize

without seeking to have a cultural impact and you can’t have a lasting cultural

impact unless you are seeking to evangelize.”

In his almost 12 years of working with the General Assembly,

Creech has worked to build good relationships with the legislators. They see

him as trustworthy and often call on his expertise and the research of the CAL

staff. “Research is a premium with lawmakers. If there is legislation that we

feel is inconsistent with our Christian values, or if it is consistent with our

values and we want to help get that legislation passed, I am poised to testify

on that issue.”

Creech is available to speak to churches or other groups.

Contact (919) 787-0606 or [email protected].

Visit christianactionleague.org.