By TIFFANY RONEY
The innocence of children, the unity of marriages and the moral fabric of American communities – these topics will be addressed in a presentation by Phil Cosby, state director of both Kansas and Missouri for the American Family Association.
Margaret Engle, pastor’s wife of Brethren in Christ Church, said many people have a strong concern for the morality of this nation and the laws government is passing.
“Phil and I talked about the fact that Kansas still gives us leeway or a lot of ability for local areas to make decisions in that kind of thing, and some states don’t,” Engle said. “I felt like it would be helpful to our
people to know ways that they can be involved so we’re not just always complaining about something – saying, ‘Oh, this is so horrible,’ but we don’t do anything. He said he had a number of ways that they could be involved.”
Engle said it is important for people who say they have concerns to put their actions where their mouth is.
“I just have a real heart that it’s so easy for people to complain and then not do anything, so if we don’t like something, what is there we can do to change something?” Engle said. “Then, try to get involved in making that change happen.”
Cosby has lived in Abilene 14 years. His wife, Cathy, was born and raised in Abilene and worked as a police detective in Abilene for 16 years. Cosby said his work for AFA often takes him to Kansas City, but he wants to focus more on the local community this fall.
“It’s up to pastors in the community to raise awareness about sexualization of the culture and its impact in a global, national and state sense,” Cosby said. “It’s a big, global problem. Whether you want to talk about human trafficking or child pornography, sexual crimes are devastating. And so we have an opportunity to do our part in one small town.”
The presentation will take place at the 10:30 service on Sunday, August 11, at Brethren in Christ Church, 1005 Buckeye St.