What would our Founders say? Has that thought ever occurred to you as yet another shocking article pops up in your feed or a disheartening story is recited on the news?
As we celebrated the Fourth of July this week, it was good to reflect on what freedom means, how precious it is, where it stands currently, and whether its future in our nation is secure.
Consider how appalled our Founders would be at the following examples:
- Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran being fired for his faith by the liberal Atlanta government;
- The angry leftist mob which rallied against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for daring to eat a Chick fil a sandwich;
- An instance at the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, where an alumnus was ordered by the school and the police to cease reading from the Bible on campus;
- Soccer star Jaelene Hinkle, who was forced to choose between her faith and wearing the mandated U.S. Women’s National Team mandated “Gay Pride” jersey
Whether it’s the government itself, institutions, or radical groups of people, there has been a concerted effort in recent years to snuff out freedom at every opportunity.
But, I am hopeful that freedom’s greatest days could be ahead… if Christians make their voices heard.
On July 24th and on into November, Georgia has the opportunity to elect candidates that will strengthen our state and view freedom with the same level of seriousness and commitment as our Founders. Such victories would reverberate throughout the nation, and it would build on momentum from recent victories and vacancies at the Supreme Court, the overwhelming results of the 2016 and elections, and a general return to valuing freedom once again.
To be successful here and around the country, it is going to take the Body of Christ. No, it doesn’t require the Church to go forth, focus more on politics, and cozy up to a political party or its figures. Quite the opposite!
Instead, the awake and alert Body of Christ that takes up the Gospel, values every Word, and lives it out can transform the nation. Christians who truly believe that we are, as Family Policy Alliance of Georgia® endorsed candidate for governor, Brian Kemp, said this week “knitted together in our mother’s womb and… His craftsmanship” will fight with unbelievable vigor to protect human life. Those that understand we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) by our Creator will work to uphold the valuing of that design. And, those who believe that the greatest joy is seeing our children “walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4) will stand up for parental rights and school choice.
In summary, “the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32b).
I believe we are on the precipice of that point. Events of recent years have awakened the Church, once again, to the truth that we are “aliens and strangers” (1 Peter 2:11) on this earth. This, like a bucket of cold water thrown upon someone fast asleep, must serve as a wake up call to those lulled into inaction by the belief that the freedom espoused in 1776 was enshrined into perpetuity. Moreover, recent events have shown us just how close to losing these freedoms we truly are.
Such a combination makes us ripe for a Great Awakening for freedom and a re-commitment to engaging culturally in a biblical and lasting way. What an impact the Church can have if we embrace this opportunity!
We are committed to being the organizing mechanism and outlet to allow believers to fulfill their Gospel-mandate to be a light unto the world. Please pray for strength and wisdom as we build toward that goal.
Also, please also pray for: Even as we cite developments with the Supreme Court as a cause for hope, nothing there is certain. We don’t know 1) who President Trump will nominate, and, because of the need to keep specific opinions quiet, whether they will truly be the constitutional jurist we hope for in a nominee, 2) whether the nominee will even get confirmed, 3) if the nominee, once confirmed, will see their positions evolve leftward as we have seen time and again or 4) whether Chief Justice Roberts will allow his idolatry of the Court’s perception to outweigh constitutional jurisprudence- attempting to be a moderating force on decisions of significance that would otherwise be a dramatic shift.
Beyond all of the uncertainty surrounding the Court, the heavy lifting will truly be done politically/legislatively. What we do in elections, policy, and forming public opinion will ultimately be what saves lives or advances the cause of freedom. Should a Court rule in our favor in landmark decisions, it will be up to US, the Church, the Body of Christ, to ensure the conditions are met to pass the legislation that will glorify our King. Keep this process in your prayers.
President and Executive Director
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