NRB President Frank Wright Says Religious Freedom Is Under Threat in Farewell Address

Outgoing National Religious Broadcasters President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright said that Christians are continuing the fight to protect religious freedom, in prepared remarks that are set to be delivered at the Capitol Hill Media Summit on Sept. 30, before Wright officially steps down from leading the NRB next month.

Wright is set to step down on Oct. 4 from an office he has held for the past 10 years, after announcing back in March his intention to leave. He was unanimously selected by the NRB Executive Committee back at the NRB 2003 Convention & Exposition, and went on to earn notable recognition for his work, including the Champion of Religious Freedom Award by the Unity Coalition for Israel (UCI) in March 2012.

Wright's long history of involvement in Christian Ministry includes serving as Elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCA), as well as founding executive director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship, a spiritually based outreach to members of Congress and their staff.

In his farewell address, Wright took the opportunity to thank the many men and women who had gone before him, stating that they now "rejoice day and night before the Throne of Christ."

"They have already entered those 'gates of splendor' through which we will someday pass," he continued. "Each of them knew that prayer and fasting are lynchpins to a life fully consecrated to Christ; each of their lives demonstrated the simple truth that there is no room for self in the equation of a godly life that is well lived."

The NRB president noted that Christianity in America faces a number of challenges today, including defending First Amendment rights of free religious speech and free religious expression, which he said are not always protected by the laws passed by Congress. He argued that the US judicial system tends to show "an unfortunate predilection" by deciding cases based on "recent precedent or cultural mores," rather than grounding decisions on the Constitution.

Wright concluded: "So we must, in essence, work while there's still daylight. And for our ministries to be the most effective, we must be wholly consumed by one thought: being that man or woman whose life is completely consecrated to Christ. It's the way of holiness, and it is a narrow, often lonely road, but it's the only road that will bring peace, hope and fulfillment to your soul."

The full text of the prepared remarks can be read on NRB's website.

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