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On Ronald Wilson Reagan

WHEREAS, The nation mourns the loss of President Ronald Wilson Reagan, who passed away on June 5, 2004; and

WHEREAS, He was known as a man of prayer and strong faith in God; and

WHEREAS, He represented and exemplified the hallmarks of a Christian leader; and

WHEREAS, He served as President of our country for eight years; and

WHEREAS, He contributed great strength and leadership to the United States of America, militarily and economically; and

WHEREAS, His leadership in the world brought the end of the Cold War, resulting in the liberation of millions of people from the stranglehold of atheistic communism; and

WHEREAS, He gave us a legacy of optimism and hope; and

WHEREAS, He held strong belief in the Bible and its answers to life’s problems, having proclaimed 1983 as the Year of the Bible; and

WHEREAS, He held the highest respect for all human life and put the issue of the sanctity of human life on the nation’s agenda; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 15-16, 2004, express our profound respect and appreciation for the contribution that his life and Presidency has made to the United States of America, to the world, and to each of our individual freedoms; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we commit to pray for Nancy Reagan and the entire Reagan family during this difficult time; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we pledge to perpetuate the positive values so faithfully exemplified by the life of President Ronald Wilson Reagan.