Bill of Rights or Wrongs

January 14

It would seem that BIG government is about to get BIGGER with the incoming Biden-Harris administration. The Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments) was added to our constitution to protect us from BIG government. It guarantees civil rights and liberties to the individual, like freedom of speech, press, and religion.  In the coming administration, we can expect to see these – and other freedoms and values – undermined. We already see censorship in media and with the rise of big tech, but we must be prepared to respond if it comes from government.

The Biden-Harris administration will likely challenge our religious freedom in the name of championing abortion and a radical LGBT agenda. Planned Parenthood Action president Alexis McGill Johnson said in an interview that Harris has “offered an inspiring vision for making abortion more accessible and expanding reproductive health care across the country.” Sadly, we may well see more billboards like this one in Massachusetts across America.

The events of the past week were very discouraging, unnecessary and inexcusable. As time goes on, we will certainly continue to learn more about the causes of and participants in the violence. And of course, there will be details we’ll never know for sure.

But what we do know is this: whether Jesus is coming in the next year or the next millennium, we are in some sense living in the “Last Days.” And, regardless of when Jesus comes back, all Christians at all times do well to live with a “Last Days” mindset.

That means living with the knowledge that many things in our culture and our world will get worse before they get better. Jesus said lots about this, even using the term “birth pangs” to describe how hard it would be! We must be ready to embrace that hard reality, knowing that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame”. (Romans 5:3b-5a)

Yet, ready for that reality, we do not live with despair or abandon living in our culture. A theme verse for Family Policy Alliance is Daniel 11:32, “the people who know their God will stand firm and take action.” Whatever the future holds, that’s exactly what God’s called us to do now and till his kingdom comes. He has given us everything that we need for life and godliness and to be a witness to Him during this season of His Church.

And, despite the hard things around us, there is much good news for families!

I love this recent statement from Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty): “The worst mistake we can make as Christians is to panic, roll over and give in. As powerful as the Left’s on-off switches are, they’re nothing compared to God. At the end of the day, ‘You can’t pull the plug on Jesus.’” Some of the headlines in a recent edition of Family Watch Newswire demonstrate how true this is: Wyoming Legislature to Re-Visit ‘Born Alive’ Abortion Bill. Ohio Gov Signs Pro-Life Bill. Pro-Life Students Win Lawsuit Against Restricted Speech Policies at Oregon College. HHS Issues Final Rule Protecting Faith-Based Adoption Agencies.

These are great victories for life! And here at Family Policy Alliance, we want to bring other pro-family victories to Rhode Island.

This year, one way we hope to move toward that vision is by helping pastors, conservative legislators, and school board members rise to the challenge with virtual training seminars. Your financial support helps us to do that.

Thanks to you, we came close to reaching our Matching Challenge of $13,500 with $12,560 raised. Thank you! If you’re not already, please consider becoming a monthly supporter. Your support will help us move toward our vision of a family-friendly, God-honoring Rhode Island.

And most of all, PRAY for us as we labor to make Rhode Island a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island