5. I read that you run a weekly Bible study for Senate staff. That is so cool! How do you structure these times? Do you get a good number of politicians turning up?
Chaplain Black: "The Bible study is structured with 8-10 open-ended questions, followed by a Bible passage. These questions are discussed with the guidance of an undergirding thesis and theme. Senators attend their Bible study and staffers and others attend a similar religious education outreach as well."
6. How do you advise politicians on spiritual matters whilst remaining completely non-partisan politically? Is it a challenge?
Chaplain Black: "My advice to our lawmakers on spiritual matters is based upon Biblical admonition, so it is quite straightforward. This makes my advisory task less daunting."
7. The past couple of years have been very politically divisive. Do you have any advice on how we can work together via the common ground of our Christian faith?
Chaplain Black: "I believe that Christians can find common ground by implementing the strategy proposed in 2 Chronicles 7:14. God promises that if those who are called by His name, will humble themselves, pray, and seek His face, then He will hear their prayers, forgive their sins, and heal their land. This is a simple if/then proposition from God to His people."
8. The title of your new book is 'Nothing To Fear.' Many Americans feel very fearful. What would you say to these individuals, and how can this book help them quell their fears?
Chaplain Black: "I would remind the fearful of the words of 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love for perfect love casts out fear.” I would challenge people to develop a loving and dependent relationship with God, focusing on His power and might, as they remember that “in
9. Throughout your book, you give helpful 'Fearless Principles,' such as 'God has already given us the gift of salvation.' Could you highlight 3 or 4 others from the book, and explain how we can apply them to our lives?
Chaplain Black: "One of the fearless principles I talk about is “spend your time, don’t hoard it.” This involves focusing on giving as much as you can to serve God’s purposes for your life in your generation. We are created to serve humanity, becoming salt and light in our world (Matthew 5:13-16). We give rather than hoard because tomorrow isn’t promised. This perspective resonates with the sentiment of Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to number our days that we may have hearts of wisdom.”"
10. What is your ultimate hope for the US government in these coming years?
Chaplain Black: "My hope is that those who work in the United States government and outside of the political arena will remember that righteousness exalts a nation, but that sin destroys. I hope that this knowledge will inspire our leaders and citizens to strive for ethical congruence."
11. Finally, how can we pray for you?
Chaplain Black: "I would solicit your prayers that God will give me wisdom,
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