Kel­ley’s de­vo­tion to the state house

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Trey Kel­ley (R-Cedar­town) said complaints about lines from a de­vo­tional his fa­ther Doyle Kel­ley made in the state house last week are un­war­ranted.

Kel­ley said his fa­ther, who has acted as Chap­lain of the Day in year’s past for the State House, de­liv­ered a long de­vo­tional on “hav­ing a healthy heart for Je­sus” and that over­all he re­ceived praise and well-wishes from both sides of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide in the cham­ber dur­ing the March 26 ses­sion.

The honor to serve as the House Chap­lain came just a year af­ter the foot­ball coach, for­mer base­ball coach and pas­tor suf­fered from a heart at­tack. Join­ing in the cer­e­monies ear­lier in the week were his mother, brother, wife and other loved ones at the Capi­tol with Trey Kel­ley, who is serv­ing as this year’s Ma­jor­ity Whip.

It was Doyle Kel­ley’s fifth time serv­ing as Chap­lain for the State House.

“It was a great day for me and my fam­ily,” Trey Kel­ley said.

Then late on the night of March 27, Kel­ley re­ceived word about the com­plaint made by Demo­cratic State Rep. Josh McLau­rin of Sandy Springs to House Speaker David Ral­ston’s le­gal coun­sel in a let­ter that Doyle Kel­ley’s words to the cham­ber might have vi­o­lated a sep­a­ra­tion of Church and State.

Ac­cord­ing to re­port­ing from the At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion’s re­port­ing last week, the fresh­man mem­ber chal­lenged whether Kel­ley’s fa­ther went too far near the end of a de­vo­tional on Tues­day based on the fol­low­ing lines:

“The com­mand is there: Do all in the name of Je­sus Christ. Peo­ple al­ways ask me, ‘Why are there so many lost peo­ple in the state of Georgia?’

“The sta­tis­tics came out that there’s 70 per­cent of the peo­ple in the state of Georgia that are lost. That are lost. Seventy per­cent. There are over 10 mil­lion peo­ple in the state of Georgia. That means there are 7 mil­lion peo­ple lost.

“Now you want to hear it in Bap­tist terms: Seven mil­lion peo­ple that are lost are dy­ing and on their way to Hell. That’s what that means.”

Kel­ley said in an in­ter­view while on break from the March 28 ses­sion that the sta­tis­tics are some his fa­ther have used in and out of the pul­pit for years and refers to the num­ber of peo­ple who don’t claim church mem­ber­ship or re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion (7 out of 10) in a poll.

Those fig­ures were pub­lished in year’s past in the Chris­tian In­dex, a news­pa­per that is cir­cu­lated to churches for plan­ning pur­poses, ac­cord­ing to a clar­i­fi­ca­tion made by the elder Kel­ley.

Doyle Kel­ley did not wish to speak fur­ther about the is­sue.

Along with be­ing the Ath­letic Direc­tor and head foot­ball coach for Cedar­town High School, Kel­ley is also the pas­tor at World­view Bap­tist Church.

His son added the sta­tis­tics had noth­ing to do with McLau­rin’s claim that Doyle Kel­ley was speak­ing out about abor­tion.

/ Contributed, Georgia state house press of­fice

Doyle Kel­ley and his fam­ily gath­ered for a photo in the State House Cham­ber on Tues­day af­ter he served as Chap­lain of the Day.

State Rep. Trey Kel­ley (from left), his fa­ther and lo­cal coach and pas­tor Doyle Kel­ley, and State House Speaker David Ral­ston pose to­gether for a photo af­ter Doyle Kel­ley was Chap­lain for the Day.

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