WASHINGTON – Kentucky’s unabashed Christian governor has been honored by an evangelical organization for standing by his biblical worldview as an elected leader.
Gov. Matt Bevin receive the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award on Friday evening from the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, a ministry of Evangelism Explosion International.
“Gov. Bevin is a diligent servant leader who takes the responsibilities of public office with the utmost seriousness and brings an unashamedly Christian worldview to the task,” said John Hostettler, director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship. “We’re thrilled to recognize him as a Christian statesman and leader.”
The Distinguished Christian Statesman Award has been given annually for the past 20 years to individuals who combine excellence in public service with character and faith in God.
“We couldn’t be happier to see Gov. Bevin receive this award,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention. “In his private and public life, he has proven himself to be a man of Christian character and integrity, one who is clearly guided by biblical principles. We need more elected leaders who, like Gov. Bevin, are willing to stand up for what is right and to stand against what is wrong.”
The Center for Christian Statesmanship was created by the late D. James Kennedy, who was well-known in evangelical circles as a preacher and broadcaster.
“Our desire is to inspire more individuals to make Christians statesmanship the goal of their public service,” Hostettler said.
Bevin said Friday his Christian faith has been the foundation for his life since childhood.
"It defines my world view, directs my moral compass and guides my decision making process," he said. "I firmly believe in servant leadership, being a good steward of the public's trust, protecting the sanctity of human life and respecting our individual liberties. I am honored to be in a position to unapologetically defend the Judeo-Christian principles that are supported by the voters of Kentucky."