Even though he fills one of the most influential political seats in the world that wields the kind of power that has made some giddy with self-importance, Congressman Austin Scott, GA, 8th District, said he well understands that nothing can be accomplished without God.
“I go back to the (President Abraham) Lincoln quote: ‘I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.'”
Congressman Scott said he is often reminded of that quote when, preoccupied by many tasks, he tries to work under his own power. “I will be the first to admit from time to time that I roam, and by that I mean I think I can do things by myself,” he said. “But it is just not possible to accomplish anything without God having a role in it.”
“One of the struggles is governing in this world while trying to live for the kingdom of God.”
Congressmen grapple with difficult issues such as abortion. Noting that Jan. 18 was Sanctity of Life Sunday, Congressman Scott said discussions about abortion often include arguments about extreme circumstances.
“People say, ‘What about this situation, or that situation?’ But the fact of the matter is, every life matters,” he said. “You have to cast your vote in keeping with God’s ordinances.”
Congressman Scott said the weekly Members Bible Study, taught by Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries, is one place where such issues may be examined from a biblical perspective.
“That time is protected time on my calendar,” he said. “It is extremely important to me. The Bible studies provide in-depth looks at God’s instructions on so many of the things we are dealing with.
“They also provide opportunities to sit down with other people who are very strong in their faith and discuss the pressures of the job, the challenges to our families and the future of our country and recognize that not only are you not in this alone because you’ve got God who is looking out for you, but you are not in this alone because you’ve got other children of His who are right there with you. It gives me the opportunity to speak and pray with people of faith who have the same challenges as I do.
“I’d like to thank the people who support this ministry financially because it could not exist without that financial support. Capitol Ministries is an important part of many people’s lives.”