Pastors in Warner Robins are disappointed with city council's decision to set the hours of Sunday alcohol sales to 12:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
"It's like we've lost our little slice of heaven and now we're just like everybody else," said Pastor Owen Bozeman.
Bozeman leads the Central Baptist Church in Warner Robins and he's disappointed the city will fall in line with surrounding communities as to when they sell alcohol on Sunday.
"Have the hours a little later, maybe after the Sunday lunch time and maybe close down a little earlier to keep people off the streets," said Bozeman.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen proposed tweaking the hours, by selling alcohol from 1p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday to ease the burden for law enforcement.
"I'm a little concerned tonight; the council just passed alcohol on every issue tonight. It's going to put more strain on our police officers," said Shaheen.
Councilman Mike Daley disagrees with the mayor and says the economic value of the sales far outweigh the negatives.
"We've got to protect Warner Robins economically. And we've got to be sure that we can attract all the businesses we can into this area," said Daley.
Pastor Jerry Walls of Southside Baptist says the law could potentially hurt business for restaurants.
"Churches probably give restaurants more business than any other type of people on Sundays and to serve alcohol at certain times will make it less of a family atmosphere," said Walls.
Daley says that both Perry and Centerville sell alcohol during the same time frame...and the new law will help Warner Robins stores and restaurants compete with neighboring businesses.
"Especially the ones that are out towards Centerville that weren't competitive because across the street people had Sunday sales and in Warner Robins they did not," said Daley.
Economic value or not, religious leaders stand against the council's decision.
"I've seen so many families ruined. I've seen lives changed by folks being hit by drunk drivers and so that's what really drives my decision," said Harvey Bee, Pastor Christian Fellowship Church in Warner Robins.
Mayor Shaheen says he hopes to take some of the extra money generated by the alcohol sales to put more police officers on the streets.