The battle for the soul of the nation—I came across this phrase the other day, and I instantly clicked on the link, expecting to read something profound and deeply spiritual. Imagine my disappointment when I realized it was only the slogan for the Biden/Harris presidential campaign.
This did get me thinking, though. There is indeed a battle for the souls in our nation. And it is inherently deeply spiritual—not political—though we certainly see it playing out in the political arena.
Our spiritual enemy is very real and exists to spread darkness over light, master lies over truth, sow seeds of discord instead of peace, create confusion where there was once clarity, burn to ash what was once beautiful, gleefully seize upon disunity in place of unity, declare what is wrong right, enslave those who were free, and seek death over life. We all see this in our own lives and in the nation as a whole.
But as the family of Christ, we already know the end of the story—this enemy is defeated. Christ has already won the spiritual battle through His perfect life, death, and resurrection. He is Light, Truth and the Prince of Peace. He is a God of order and wisdom who trades ashes for beauty. He calls us to be one in Him, and only He has the authority to declare what is right. He sets captives free. And, He has defeated death once and for all, for all of us who trust in Him.
Biden and Harris have it wrong—the spiritual battle has already been won, and that certainly wasn’t the work of any political leader.
But in one sense, they’re also right. As the spiritual battle plays out in the political arena in 2020, there are real battle lines and completely divergent beliefs held by the candidates that could lead our country in very different directions.
There is truth vs. lies
One side of the political debate believes that a boy or man who says he feels like a girl can be a girl—and that he can take girls’ spots on their sports teams or share their showers with them at school. They call those who disagree “bigots” or “haters.” But the truth is, no matter how many hormones he takes or life-altering surgeries he has, a man cannot be a girl. And a man cannot become a girl no matter how many politicians declare it to be so. So, on election day, will we stand for the truth, or for a mountain of lies?
There is right vs. wrong
One side of the political debate believes that children should not be free to pray or express their Christian beliefs in school. This same side believes that healthcare professionals should be forced to participate in abortions or “gender transition surgeries” even on children—regardless of whether the procedure is in the child’s best interest or against the professional’s faith. Yet, for a believer, prayer is like breathing, and our obedience to God’s Word must come before any politician’s agenda. On November 3rd, will we pursue right or wrong?
There is freedom vs. captivity
One side of the political debate works hard to hold men and women captive to a sexual agenda that only leads to physical brokenness, mental and emotional anguish, and damaged relationships. Just ask our friend James Shupe who became the nation’s first legally-declared “non-binary man,” and has now found real freedom in Christ alone. Political decisions have real consequences in real lives. For the sake of our neighbor, I pray we choose freedom over captivity on election day.
There is life vs. death
And of course, one side of the political debate praises death as a “choice,” adding their stamp of approval as lives made in the image of God are destroyed in the womb. Political leaders truly hold life and death in their hands as they make decisions that further the devastation of Roe v. Wade or pass laws that save as many lives as possible. Even worse, Kamala Harris believes every state in the nation should get her “permission” to pass a pro-life law. For me, this decision is clearest of all. On November 3rd, I will choose life over death up and down the ticket.
As we prepare to vote this year, I pray you rejoice with Family Policy Alliance® that the spiritual battle has been won! We do not have to trust in or rely upon any political leader to defeat evil, “save the nation,” or save souls.
But I also pray that we recognize the battle lines that do have spiritual implications for ourselves and our American neighbors we are called to love. So when we vote, let us not vote for any particular political leader, but let us vote for truth, right, freedom and life.
For citizenship worthy of the Gospel of Christ,
Vice President of Strategy
Radical leftists are trying to take District 7 – long a conservative bulwark until a razor thin result in 2018.
Thankfully, we have a candidate in Rich McCormick who is personable, hard-working, possesses a compelling story, and shares our conservative values. We’re proud to announce our endorsement of this people-centered leader!
When I first met Rich, I was quickly impressed with his story and his convictions. However, because a good friend and ally was also running in the primary, I told him that I would not be supporting his campaign at that time. Most candidates, when informed an endorsement is off the table, either get upset or find an excuse to end the conversation. And, they’re unlikely to reach out again.
Immediately, Rich showed he was different. He understood my position, wanted to better get to know me and our organization, and he continued to reach out to dialogue with us about how best to advance our values.
I learned three things about Rich in that process: 1) He’s about people and he’s running to serve everybody – not just his supporters, 2) He genuinely cares about the values and issues that we at Family Policy Alliance of Georgia® work on, and 3) He’s tireless. If he’s able to work that hard connecting with us, even when he knew we wouldn’t endorse in the primary, then he’s going to outwork the competition in November and be an absolutely relentless advocate in Congress.
I’ve been a fan of Rich McCormick’s since Day One, and, now, I’m “all in.” He’s fought for our country as a decorated Marine, saved lives as a skilled doctor, and lived out his faith as a devout Christian and devoted family man. In Congress, he’s going to make us proud as a dedicated pro-life, pro-values conservative – championing our beliefs boldly and winsomely.
Rich McCormick is a natural leader. He’s not the kind of guy who’s going to fade into the background. While I know he’ll be new, he won’t be silent. Immediately, he’s going to be a difference maker we need!
But all that is on the line as radical leftist Carolyn Bourdeaux collects massive checks from the Hollywood elites, San Francisco socialists, and New York leftists. They are intent on taking this seat and changing Gwinnett and Forsyth counties forever.
Don’t let this happen. Don’t let this opportunity to fight for a real champion pass by. As believers, we must roll up our sleeves, get to work, and elect this strong fighter. He’s the real deal, and he’s going to make us proud.
President and Executive Director
Election season is fully underway, and, if you’re like me, you’re feeling a bit anxious. I look at so much of what’s happened in our nation – and the discourse that we constantly see – and I’m deeply saddened. And, I look at this election cycle and I see the grave threat the Harris-Biden ticket (c’mon y’all, we all know who’s really going to be running the show) poses to the last recognizable vestiges of our United States of America.
It’s frightening, and it’s easy to look at “the other side” as this powerful force that would bring ruinous havoc on all we hold dear. It’s easy to be angry, partisan, and fearful.
I’m reminded in times like these that it is human nature to define the enemy as something outside of oneself, something we can see, understand, and hate.
This aspect of human nature has long permeated our churches.
I’ve long been convinced that many churches – and cultural Christianity as a whole – have given too much credence to the devil. Yes, he’s powerful. But, ultimately, he’s the best player on the low-level high school team that finds itself going up against the New England Patriots. He gets trounced in the end. And, when you compare his power to the might of the One whom he wishes he could rival, he is utterly helpless to do anything to thwart Him or act contrary to His plans.
Satan cannot win. He cannot separate you from God. He cannot force you to sin. He cannot deny your ability to worship. He cannot compel you to be a witness against your true King.
Only your sin can do those things. The number of times sin is mentioned is Scripture dwarfs references to Satan or his work. The wages of sin is death. Only sin brings death, not the devil. While he seeks to twist your heart, prey upon your nature, and feed into your desires, it is your action and yours alone that denies you communion with your Savior.
Too many Christians have fallen into the trap of loosely ascribing too much power to the devil. Is he important? Yes. Can he do great harm? Absolutely. Can he ever be truly in control? Absolutely not.
A similar view should guide us when we look at angst at a particular outcome politically.
The Harris-Biden agenda cannot defeat the Lord’s way. They cannot separate you from God. They cannot force you to sin. They cannot, truly, deny your ability to worship. They cannot compel you to be a witness against your true King.
They and their agenda can do great harm, yes. Fighting against their election and opposing their policies should they take control of our nation is important, certainly. But, they will never, ever be truly in control.
As we look at their agenda, in all its wickedness, it’s not fueled by the devil – it’s rooted in sin and it feeds into the sinful desires of those who would support that agenda.
So, as we look ahead to this election, understand who/what the “enemy” is. It’s not Sleepy Joe or Krazy Kamala. It’s not the socialists or the Democrats. It’s sin!
Understand that God calls you to reject sin and to be a light unto this world. You are called to engage – strongly and fiercely for His glory.
Understand that nothing that happens in this world can rob you of your place with the Savior. No matter what darkness surrounds you, it cannot overcome. It doesn’t have the power to.
Look with hope to the future. Know that the outcome is already written and we know the ultimate victor. As you approach an uncertain and frightening outcome, look upon it with inspired hope knowing that your enemy is not a person or a group but it is your own sin nature – and your Savior has defeated that for you, giving you new life. His death and resurrection give us hope in all things, including knowing that our bought and purchased soul can never be in jeopardy based on the politics of the day.
In no way do I seek to diminish the threat to our nation and the concern we should have for the generations to come should we fail to win in November. I merely seek to direct you against your true “enemy,” to point you to hope and confidence, and to assure you that nothing will happen outside His purpose and plan.
In Him we Trust,
President and Executive Director
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,
and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
(Luke 16:10 NIV)
Christians in the First Century did not vote. Of course, back then, there was no voting. Now there is. For me, it is a civic responsibility. During this election timeframe, it is important to know what churches can and cannot do. Here is what they can do:
- Equip church members with the biblical perspective on an issue
- Nonpartisan voter registration, get out the vote efforts and voter education
- Distribute voter guides that do not endorse a candidate
- Speak about a candidate’s position without endorsing or opposing that candidate
Even if you do not have a voter registration table in your church building, you can encourage people to vote by adding the following to an email, to your website, or in your bulletin:
- Need to Register to Vote? For help go to https://familypolicyalliance.com/vote
To encourage Christians regarding voting, please watch the following 1-minute video (feel free to share):
Let me know if you have any questions.
Pastor David Beauchamp
Director of Church Ambassador Network of Kansas
Cell: (913) 981-3253
Happy Constitution Day! Today is a day of federal observance celebrating the signing of the U.S Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787.
We often forget, however, that the Constitutional Convention almost failed spectacularly. The earliest days of the convention were fraught with contentious disagreements among the delegates, who together comprised an assembly of the greatest political and intellectual minds of the founding generation.
Realizing that the increasingly fractious clashes risked breaking the convention apart, Benjamin Franklin offered his best hope for finding unity and agreement — recommending that they pursue God’s intervention and favor through prayer.
Bemoaning the “small progress” made during the first several weeks of the Convention as “melancholy proof of the imperfection of human understanding,” Franklin made a motion to hold morning “prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations” to be led by local clergymen:
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?
Harkening back to “the frequent instances” of God’s intervention on behalf of the Americans during the War for Independence, Franklin asked his fellow delegates whether they had forgotten that God was the reason for their previous success:
In the beginning of the [War for Independence], when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers were heard, and they were graciously answered…. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
While Franklin knew godly wisdom would lead to national flourishing, he worried relying on “human wisdom” alone would be disastrous:
We have been assured in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages.
Thankfully, the delegates heeded Franklin’s wise words by humbling themselves in prayer and seeking God’s wisdom and favor. Benjamin Franklin later remarked that the Constitution they drafted was “influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits ‘live and move and have their being.’”
Steeped in biblical truth and full of courageous faith, the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention came together to petition God for guidance and unity as they framed the government under which we still live today. That, my friends, is worth celebrating this Constitution Day.
Celebrating with you,
Director of Advocacy