From My Family to Yours: Why We Do This

December 13

You may have seen last week’s email introducing me as the Interim Director of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. Thanks for the warm welcome! It has been great to connect with many of you, either in-person or by phone or email.

The two common elements in almost every one of those conversations have been faith and family.  What a joy it is to share the fellowship of our faith in Christ – and to share about each other’s families. (I’ve included a photo of my family above.  Would love to see yours as well!)

The Christmas season is a special time for celebrating both faith and family. Primarily, it’s a celebration of God’s gift of Jesus for our redemption. And it’s also a time when we tend to especially appreciate the importance of family.

That all makes Christmas a great time to reflect on why we engage in this work.

You see, at Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, our purpose is to build a state where God is honored, families thrive, religious freedom flourishes, and life is cherished.

It starts with our faith – our love for God. Then it moves to our families – our love for our fellow man.  Those are the reasons we engage in the realm of politics and policy.  Love for God, and love for man.

  • When life is cherished, we are honoring God’s creation – and we are treating the most vulnerable among us as we would like to be treated.
  • When families thrive – as social science and our own experiences show very clearly – all of society wins.
  • And when religious freedom flourishes, we are allowing the Gospel to be lived out in all of life for the glory of God and the eternal good of all who will hear and believe.

So, this Christmas season, celebrate the coming of our Savior. Enjoy and love your family.

And, as we prepare for a very busy 2019, I invite you to join with us in working for an Idaho where God is honored, families thrive, religious freedom flourishes, and life is cherished.

For the glory of God and the love of our neighbors,

John Paulton
Interim Director