The Consequences of Being “Not Political”

March 22
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Dear Friends,

Perhaps you have said (or heard said) in the midst of political conversation; the declaration that goes something like this, “Well, I don’t get into these discussions because I am not political”. While that could mean a few things, I think the intent of the statement is an expression of distaste for the tenor of debate and discourse, not an absence of thought.

In reality, good stewardship requires us to “be political”. Why? Because policy enacted by elected officials affects all of us, whether we consider ourselves “political” or not. That doesn’t mean that we need to lobby or become familiar with the minutia of the process. It DOES mean that we need to exercise our right and responsibility to vote. And it DOES mean that we need to know the views and values of the people for whom we cast our vote. It DOES mean that we can make our voice heard!

The result will be either a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished; or… a state like California. Do not get me wrong, there are a lot of great people and places in California, but ruling politicians there have seriously damaged Constitutional freedoms of all Californians.

This has occurred after many elections won by politicians with a secular progressive worldview. California was not always like this. But over the years, values voters in The Golden State did not let their vote speak loud enough.

Idaho is changing, and we must be on guard, so we do not become a group of distraught citizens looking back and wishing for a do-over.

The fruit of their progressive governing worldview in California came to roost at the United States Supreme Court just this week in a case dealing with a radical California state law requiring pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services.

  • According to a state law, enacted in 2015, licensed pro-life pregnancy are required to post a sign or provide a notice stating that California offers free or low-cost abortions including a phone number which women can call to get more information.
  • If these pregnancy centers refuse to comply, they face a $500 fine for the first offense and a $1,000 fine for every offense after that. Pro-life pregnancy centers are forced to choose between violating their mission or paying crippling fines that could force them to close their doors.

This doesn’t sound like America…yet, it is.

And while this case came out of California, it has significant free speech implications for the entire country.

California strayed from the original intent of the Constitution because of who the voters elected. Here in Idaho, we must learn from others and not repeat their mistakes. We must accept the responsibility of stewardship and we must remain vigilant.

Good policy is one of the results of electing people who hold family, life, and religious liberty sacred. If that means we become willing to describe ourselves as “political,” I assume we can all be ok with that.

Our battles at the Legislature this year were fraught with what can only be described as spiritual warfare. It is my hope that you prayerfully engage, continue to pray for elected officials and lift Family Policy Alliance of Idaho up in prayer.

Our work is important, and we need your involvement prayerfully, politically and financially. Please consider sending a gift to Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. Your support allows us to effectively engage the culture, church, and policy for an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Sincerely,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director