“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” –Psalm 100:4
On behalf of my family and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, I want to wish you a joyful and happy Thanksgiving!
In 1869, when Wyoming was still a territory of the Union, Governor J.A. Campbell issued a proclamation of Thanksgiving throughout the Territory of Wyoming.
In the proclamation Governor Campbell recommended that “on that day, all secular pursuits be suspended throughout the whole extent of the territory; and that our people assemble together at their places of public worship or in the privacy of their own homes and render thanks and praise to Almighty God, the giver of all good.”
He went on to describe the state of the state in that year and then closed with these words: “It is meet and proper that we render humble and heart-felt thanks to Him from whom all good gifts come.”
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® officially began this year. What a year to start! Amid a tumultuous election season and COVID-19 and all of its responses, this will be a never-forgotten moment in the history of our state. I want to stop for a moment and thank you for your prayers and partnership which make our ministry possible. Together, we are helping our fellow Wyomingites live as good citizens of both heaven and earth: biblically faithful, civically responsible, culturally influential.
As we enter this holiday season, may we heed Governor Campbell’s words and the words of Scripture by offering thanks to our Lord and extending His love and blessings to those in need.
God bless you and your family,
Nathan, Christie, Liberty, Zayden, and Bryzon
It has been a couple of weeks since Election Day and though the Wyoming races have been declared, several federal races remain in question.
So, what are we still waiting for?
- Votes “Trump” projections. Although the media has projected former Vice President Joe Biden to be the winner of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump has not yet conceded, citing voting irregularities in several swing states. Recounts and legal challenges are likely and the federal deadline for resolving election disputes is not until December 8 – the point at which all recounts and/or court contests must be completed.
- “Georgia on my mind.” Aside from the outcome of the presidential election, eyes are now shifting to Georgia, where two runoff elections will likely determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. As of this email, Republicans appear poised to hold 50 seats to the Democrats 48. If one or both of the Georgia Republican incumbents – Senator David Perdue or Senator Kelly Loeffler – win the January runoff, Republicans will maintain their slim majority in the U.S. Senate. If they both lose, the U.S. Senate will be split 50-50, in which the Vice President would cast the tie breaking votes.
While we await the answers to these and other questions, I invite you to pray with me this week for the integrity of our election and the future of our state and nation. Every legal vote should be counted, and every illegal vote should be rejected. And whether the ultimate outcome is what we worked and prayed for, or not, I assure you that Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will continue our fight to protect the unborn, strengthen the family, and preserve our First Amendment rights.
We cannot however do this alone, and your continued support will be critical as we prepare for 2021. So, as you consider you charitable year-end giving, I would respectfully ask you to keep us in mind. We have a goal of raising $50,000 by year-end to support our upcoming work during the Legislative Session in January. To help us reach that goal, would you consider sending a tax-deductible gift of $50, $100, or $250 today by clicking here?
Thank you in advance for your support, and as I mentioned last week –though the election is coming to an end, we are just getting started!
It was a joy to report last week that Wyoming did so well in the 2020 elections. Even nationally, though we are praying along with everyone about the final tally in the Presidential Election, we saw conservatives pick up several seats in the US House of Representatives and perform far better than expected in the US Senate.
After Election Day is over, it is all too easy to see those results as the end. Nothing could be further from the truth. Election Day is, (to borrow from Winston Churchill), nothing more than the end of the beginning. At this point, a newly elected public servant has not had the opportunity to cast a single vote yet or fulfill a campaign promise.
This is a very important point because so often during election season, media, candidates, and voters can aim so hard at winning, that Election Day itself can become the end goal. As a result, many people will say or do whatever it takes to win. Sometimes, the truth gets tossed to the side as people fight for victory.
I raise this issue because we are just two months away from the Wyoming Legislative General Session. This session, we have many important issues in front of us. One of the most talked about already is how our state will overcome its financial shortfalls due to COVID-19 and the loss of revenue from the energy sector.
While these are important issues to address in the short-term, there will be many debates that will touch on issues that will affect Wyoming for generations to come. This year, we must discuss the future of education in Wyoming. Of course, we must address the question of the extraordinary costs of education. At the same time, we must address reports of teachers required to sign their preferred pronoun underneath their name and curriculum that promotes the Marxist message of Critical Theory.
We have also received reports that new legislation targeting religious freedom is likely coming in the new year. And, we must continue to stand for life for those who cannot stand for themselves.
Each generation must face the challenge of growing weary in doing good. But know that we have been created for just this moment. God knew full well when He placed us here the challenges we would be surrounded by.
Therefore, if you lost an election: get up, shake the dust off, and get back to serving. If you won an election: look up and get to serving, as well.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is already working and praying in preparation for the upcoming legislative session. Please join us in prayer and financial support as we continue to serve God and neighbor!
Please pray about generously supporting us as we enter the last two months of the year. We look forward to what God will do in the year 2021!
The 2020 election is over — well, almost. As of this email, we still have some federal races that are “too close to call,” but we do have results in nearly every federal and state race.
- With the election of Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming is sending our first lady to serve in the United States Senate. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming was blessed to endorse Cynthia and looks forward the solid work she will do for our state.
- In the US House of Representatives, Liz Cheney handily won reelection. We were honored to endorse Ms. Cheney because of her strong advocacy for Life, Religious Freedom, and for Wyoming Families.
- Every endorsed candidate for the Wyoming Legislature won their races! Some of the races unseated incumbents and relaced them with people who will stand for historic Christian values in districts for the first time in decades!
- In the Wyoming Senate, 5 Senate candidates received our endorsement. Dan Dockstader (SD 16), Brian Boner (SD 2), Dave Kinskey (SD 22), Tim Salazar (SD 26), and John Kolb (SD 12). All five won their races!
- In the Wyoming House of Representatives,9 candidates received our endorsement, and all were successful: Chip Neiman (HD 1), Clarence Styvar (HD 12), Bill Henderson (HD 41), John Winter (HD 28), Jared Olsen (HD 11), Don Burkhardt (HD 15), Rachel Rodriguez-Williams (HD 50), Timothy Hallinan (HD 32), and Chuck Gray (HD 57).
Other Election News:
Nationally, Democrats will likely maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, although with a smaller majority than they held over the last two years. Republicans appear poised to hold their slim majority in the U.S. Senate.
So where do we go from here?
Winning an election is not an end, it is the beginning! Now, is the time when our work as a public policy organization really begins. The political climate in Wyoming has always worked against us and the challenges ahead are real. However, with your continued prayers and support, and the good Lord’s blessing, we will continue our work to defend the unborn, strengthen the family, and preserve religious freedom for all.
The election may be over, but we are just getting started!
God bless you and thank you for making our successes possible!
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2020
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Launches
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom organization, announced its official launch today. The Christian ministry is part of a larger movement of state-based organizations working with national ally, Family Policy Alliance, which is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will have an active presence in the capitol and across the state as it advocates for a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
The organization will be led by Executive Director Nathan Winters–a pastor and former state representative–who said:
“Wyoming has worked hard over the years to stand up for the rights of the preborn, and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be here to help our state persist against efforts to change that. Similarly, extraordinary amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying firms have been spent targeting our state and advocating that belief in First Amendment religious freedoms should end in the name of the advancing sexualization of our culture. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be a voice that will stand for religious freedom.”
Working with voters, legislators, churches, pastors, business leaders and activists, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will engage on public policy at the state, local, and federal levels on a number of important social issues as well as in elections to advance pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom values.
Paul Weber, president & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, expressed enthusiasm for the work in Wyoming:
“We are proud to see Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming launch today—the first such pro-family organization in the state—after much hard work on the ground. Nathan Winters is uniquely equipped to address the cultural, legislative and electoral challenges facing Wyoming. We look forward to supporting his work in advancing a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.”
Mr. Winters added, “Over the years serving both as a Pastor and in the State Capitol in Cheyenne, I have seen the tremendous need to articulate the historic Christian view of ‘speaking the truth in love.’ Wyoming has historically stood strong for pro-life, pro-family policy; but we know that outside forces in our national culture are seeking to change that.”
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is part of an alliance of state and national organizations dedicated to protecting life from conception to natural death, God’s design for family and religious freedom. Family Policy Alliance is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. More information is available at FamilyPolicyAlliance.com/Wyoming.
For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or email@example.com.
This time of year, I get this question quite a lot. I spend many hours trying to find ways to guide you, our ministry partners, towards those candidates who support pro-life and pro-family values. How can you find those candidates? Here are three quick ways.
- Look at who Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming endorsed.We put general election candidates through a rigorous process before endorsing them. While there are never any guarantees, we feel confident that these men and women will uphold your values in the state legislature, particularly if they have a voting record that demonstrates their pro-family stances. The Federal and state legislative candidates we have endorsed for this election include:
- Cynthia Lummis, United States Senate
- Liz Cheney, United States House of Representatives
- Dan Dockstader, SD 16, Wyoming Senate
- Dave Kinskey, SD 22, Wyoming Senate
- Tim Salazar, SD 26, Wyoming Senate
- Brian Boner, SD 2, Wyoming Senate
- John Kolb, SD 12, Wyoming Senate
- Chip Nieman, HD 1, Wyoming House of Representatives
- Clarence Styvar, HD 12, Wyoming House of Representatives
- Bill Henderson, HD 41, Wyoming House of Representatives
- John Winter, HD 28, Wyoming House of Representatives
- Jared Olsen, HD 11, Wyoming House of Representatives
- Don Burkhardt, HD 15, Wyoming House of Representatives
- Rachel Rodriguez-Williams, HD 50, Wyoming House of Representatives
- Timothy Hallinan, HD 32, Wyoming House of Representatives
- Chuck Gray, HD 57, Wyoming House of Representatives
Note that if a particular candidate does not show up on this list, they may still be a strong advocate for your biblical beliefs, but are not in a contested race during the general election.
- Visit us online at familypolicyalliance.com On our website, we not only have our candidate list, we also have articles and other information for you as you work toward understanding culture.
- Email Us.We have your perspective and values in mind when you call and ask for guidance on who to vote for. While we won’t comment on things outside our mission (such as 2ndamendment rights or climate change), we will speak to candidates’ values on subjects we focus on (such as life, sex and gender, and other family policy issues). You can reach us at mailto:Wyoming@familypolicyalliance.com
Exercising your biblical citizenship means voting for candidates that uphold your values. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is here to help. Thank you for trusting us with this important task.
For life and family,
You have probably seen that a group of “pro-life evangelicals” endorsed Joe Biden for president.
These professed Christians argue that “poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues.” The effort is led by prominent socialists, including Ron Sider, and other academics identified with the Christian Left.
Given the importance of the upcoming election, a few things must be said in response to the arguments offered in the “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden” manifesto, found here.
- It is unthinkable that the most consistent pro-life ethic would result in voting for a candidate who supports abortion-on-demand up to birth.
A truly biblical pro-life ethic recognizes the right to life as the most fundamental of human rights that civil government is created to protect.
Yet Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer-funded abortions at any gestational age—including the most gruesome of abortion procedures, dismemberment abortion, in which a preborn child is ripped apart using surgical instruments while still alive in its mother’s womb.
Unsurprisingly, Joe Biden has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood. Kamala Harris has also worked closely with Planned Parenthood throughout her political career.
When Kamala Harris was the attorney general of California, she attempted to silence and make an example of David Daleiden, an undercover journalist who had secretly recorded conversations with abortionists exposing crimes committed by Planned Parenthood clinics. Harris ruthlessly prosecuted Daleiden, sending state agents to raid his apartment and seize his recording and computer equipment. Daleiden has filed a lawsuit against Harris and California, alleging that his civil rights were violated when Harris “weaponized” the law against him to shield Planned Parenthood.
- We must make a distinction between “sanctity of life” and “quality of life.”
Poverty, healthcare, racism, and environmental concerns undoubtedly affect the lives of many people – and they are important issues for Christians to think about. But these are “quality of life” issues, not “sanctity of life” issues. While quality of life issues are important, they pale in comparison to the question of whether our system of law will protect the very existence of the most defenseless human beings created in the image of God.
What are pro-life issues, rightly considered? Euthanasia, abortion, and various facets of medical ethics all appropriately fall under this umbrella. We should be careful, though, not to stretch the pro-life label so thin that it ceases to mean anything.
- Government welfare programs intended to alleviate poverty actually harm families and keep people in poverty—especially people of color.
Groups like “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden” would trade precious lives for an administration beholden to the welfare state. Welfare programs trap families in a cycle of dependence, incentivize unwed births and fatherless homes, and discourage recipients from developing the skills and character traits necessary for self-sufficiency and a fulfilled life.
The real needs of the poor must be met, but pushing more Americans into our welfare state is not a biblical way to do that. For starters, the Bible instructs us that charity should be the purview of the family and the church—so why would we send the poor to a dysfunctional government welfare system when that care is our responsibility? As Christians, we are called to care for the poor out of our love for God (1 John 3:17), to provide accountability to the recipients of our charity (1 Timothy 5:9-13), and to give out of joy and not from compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7). Sadly, the government welfare system is not only not the Church, but it fails to live up to basic biblical principles.
God has entrusted us with the responsibility of voting for candidates whose policies most reflect His eternal justice. Voting for the candidate that best protects life is a biblical obligation of all Christians.
Preventing and punishing the murder of the innocent is the most important responsibility of government—and our votes should help ensure that we live up to this promise.
Standing with you for life,
Director of Advocacy
Politics is one of the most challenging topics to bring up in any conversation. Most people have heard since they were young that they should never bring up politics or religion in polite conversation.
Yet today the events of COVID-19, rioting in major cities, the exchange of gunfire across rival groups, and the literal stalking and killing of peace officers, has brought the reality that the fate of our nation hangs in the balance. Sometimes the easy route seems to be retreating to our tribe (our friends and family) and avoiding politics. Often the argument goes like this: “we need to win the world to Christ and politics just gets in the way.”
I understand that some Christians make politics their sole focus in life and that is not good. I have seen many Christians unbalance themselves on any number of causes that matter in the Christian life. But to quote a friend, Joseph Backholm, “the answer to imbalance is not apathy, it is balance.”
Balanced views of your role in your family, your church, your city, and your nation are the major catalyst in building a civil society where God is honored, life is cherished, religious freedom flourishes, and families thrive. This means that you should neither let politics consume you nor run from it.
So, how do we talk about politics as Christians? Here’s how I think about it:
Politics is divided into conversations about partisanship and personalities, and conversations about policies and principles.
Today most political conversation revolves around partisanship and personality. Oftentimes people make decisions about a candidate based upon their personality. As one lady said about a candidate, “He just looks like a nice young man.” The Christian should be guided by a higher process. We are to be guided by the principles that matter most in the eyes of God.
Therefore, the Christian should think in this way:
(Principle > Partisanship)
(Principles are greater than Partisanship)
At Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we have looked at the contested General election races in the State of Wyoming. Of those races, there are a number of wonderful candidates we recommend to you. Please take time to consider voting for them and praying for them as the election draws near.
Also, please pray about what amount you would consider giving to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming on a monthly basis. We are praying for 100 ministry partners who would pray about giving $100 a month to the ministry of Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming. If God places this burden on your heart, please visit our website and click the “donate” button.
Thank you for partnering with us and may God bless our work together