The ERLC Podcast

Why do local and state politics matter? (Part 1)

April 18, 2024

On this episode of the ERLC Podcast in the Christians and Politics series, we’re talking about the importance of your involvement in local and state politics.

2024 is a big year for politics. If you ask any person you pass on the street why this is the case, their answer would likely be because of the presidential election; one that, sadly, looks like it will be a contentious repeat of 2020. And they wouldn’t be wrong. Federal politics are important. 

But, most Americans don’t give much thought to political issues beyond the national level. This causes us to miss out on the good we can affect at the state and local levels through political engagement. While it might not be as glamorous, popular, or as exciting as a national election, getting involved in the states, cities, and communities in which we live is more important than we might think. 

On today’s episode you’ll hear from Tony Beam, who is the senior director of Church & Community Engagement for North Greenville University in South Carolina. He represents South Carolina Baptists at the Statehouse in Columbia as director of the Office of Public Policy. Dr. Beam is also the host of the podcast, “Truth in Politics and Culture with Dr. Tony Beam.” 

You will also hear from Lane Wakefield who is a clinical assistant professor of Marketing at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. He’s also a candidate for the school board in his community. 

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