"Matt Bevin" by Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

Moving home: Church and state converge at Kentucky’s foster care crisis

Mar 2, 2020

By Alex Acquisto

It was early evening in late August and former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was talking into a microphone on a stage in the youth sanctuary at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington. He had arrived late, and was wearing the same black suit and blue tie he’d worn earlier that day to escort President Donald Trump around Louisville. He was telling church and community members why they should foster and adopt children.

“It isn’t the role of government to raise kids,” Bevin told the crowd. “You’re the solution. This is what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Christ.”

The event, including Bevin’s portion, toggled back and forth between a church service and a government public service announcement – a commingling that I grew up around, as a native Kentuckian. Here, it is natural for state and local leaders to wear their Christianity as a badge of honor, and cite it as a decision-making influence.

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