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On Appreciation Of Our Troops And President

WHEREAS, Members of the United States military and allied forces continue to be aggressively engaged in the ongoing global war on terror; and

WHEREAS, Our troops play a vital role in preserving and protecting freedom in the United States and throughout the
world; and

WHEREAS, The sacrificial efforts of our military personnel have made it possible for some nations formerly ruled by dictators to hold democratic elections, ushering in a new era of freedom for the people of those nations; and

WHEREAS, The president has been forced to make difficult decisions that place our servicemen and servicewomen in harm’s way; and

WHEREAS, The president has shown courage and leadership in his valiant opposition to terrorism; and

WHEREAS, The Scriptures command us to pray “for kings and all those who are in authority so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2, HCSB); now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, June 21-22, 2005, express appreciation to our servicemen and servicewomen in all branches of the military who are serving faithfully and honorably, both at home and abroad; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage Southern Baptists to pray for the safety and well-being of our military personnel at all times; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we offer prayer, support, and appreciation for and to the husbands, wives, children, parents, and siblings of our fine service members serving in every capacity of our nation’s military; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express pride and strong support for our American military and eagerly anticipate the day our troops return home upon successful completion of their missions; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express deepest gratitude and respect for our president in light of the gravity of the decisions he must make and the leadership role he fills; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we encourage all Southern Baptists to pray regularly for our president and to stand with him in opposing global terrorism as he makes decisions that potentially impact the entire earth.