Don’t be a FOOL!

September 8

Psalm 14:1… “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Maybe you have heard those words before. I have always been taken back by the bluntness of that Bible verse. There is no mincing of words; it is a matter-of-fact statement, and you don’t need a commentary to help with the theological meaning. The message is pretty clear. Verse 3 of this psalm goes on to describe the cultural fallout of a nation characterized by fools… “They have all turned aside and become corrupt…”

I love America, but it’s not hard to see the increase of corruption permeating every stratum of society. As we have abandoned the spiritual foundation that our founding fathers laid and built upon, we have seen the devastating results especially in the breakdown of the family. I am amazed at the things I see and hear that never would have been done or said publicly 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago, things that only fools would say and do are now a regular occurrence, even in public.

You cannot separate the God of the Bible from morality and the Christian faith has a lot to say about moral excellence. Daniel Webster, a great orator, and defender of the Constitution said, “The Christian religion, and its general principles, must ever be regarded among us as the foundation of civil society.”

Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as well as one of the framers of the Bill of Rights, echoed the same feelings when he said, “Without morals, a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion… are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”

With the rapid moral breakdown taking place in our nation, the million-dollar question then is how long can America last? Well, it would seem from the testimonies of these two founding fathers, the answer lies in how strong America’s moral foundation still is and can it be made stronger again!

The leaders of Focus on the Family saw this threat on the horizon many years ago and proactively began a movement of Family Policy Councils. They were to function at the state level with the mission of making their state a place where God would be honored, religious freedom would flourish, families would thrive, and life would be cherished. Nearly forty states have one of these councils and Rhode Island Family Institute (formerly Family Policy Alliance of RI) is now one of them. Please join me in praying there will soon be one in every state. America needs revival!

This vision for RIFI began in earnest five years ago. I was pastoring and confided with my church board about my concerns over the threats to religious freedom in Rhode Island. I told them that the church has always done best under persecution but given the choice I’d rather we were free. We prayed and planned together and what we prayed for is now a reality! We are now independently incorporated as The Rhode Island Family Institute our tax-deductible (C3) educational arm and for lobbying, The Rhode Island Family Advocate (C4) which is not tax-deductible.

But we can’t do this work without YOU! For years I directed the ‘missions’ program of my home church. Invariably missionaries emphasized the need for two things, PRAYER, and FINANCES and in that order. So, please PRAY for Cyndi and me as we embark on this new calling and consider becoming a monthly FINANCIAL partner with us.

For Faith and Family in RI,

David and Cyndi Aucoin
Rhode Island Family Institute