Wednesday night I shared with you that it was a time to mourn, and to pray. The deep division in our country, the violence at the Capitol, and the political news we share with you today are deeply troubling for every believer.
If you haven’t heard already, here’s the bad news: In the Georgia Senate runoff election, it appears both Democratic candidates have won. Both support a radical agenda that counters the family values we hold dear. This puts the U.S. Senate at a 50-50 split with incoming Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker.
Early Thursday morning, Congress also certified the electoral college votes, making Joe Biden the official president-elect. President Trump has promised a smooth transition of power.
As a result, D.C. will be fully controlled by a Democrat party which has promised a radical abortion and LGBT-centered agenda – complete with threats of power-grabbing tactics such as court-packing and ending the filibuster. A majority of Americans (found on both sides of the aisle) oppose key components of this radical agenda.
The threats to our values are very real, and we share in the somberness of the day.
Yet, as I shared Wednesday night, it is also time for the family of believers to build and to take action in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. We have a special opportunity to shine the way forward for our fellow citizens who are desperately searching for hope in the darkness.
I previously outlined five principles of biblical citizenship that you can trust Family Policy Alliance® to operate by. Today, I would like to share with you four ways to move forward together—and what you can trust Family Policy Alliance to advance, by God’s grace, in 2021 and beyond.
- Everyone should agree on election reform to prevent fraud.
If the 2020 election has brought our country to a breaking point, there is reason to hope that the American people will demand meaningful election reform to prevent voter fraud and corruption in the future. Our system of government depends upon the integrity of our elections, and every elected official—no matter at what level of government and no matter in what party—should care about this. A recent Quinnipiac poll revealed that around one-third of voters believe Joe Biden’s presidential victory is illegitimate. If one-third of all voters don’t trust the integrity of elections (rightly or wrongly) that’s a huge problem for elected leaders because such beliefs will result in voters refusing to turn out to vote at all. Family Policy Alliance supports efforts to ensure the integrity of the electoral system moving forward.
- It’s Groundhog Day—the sequel. And sequels are always worse.
In the 90’s classic film, Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, the lead character has to relive the same day over and over. Joe Biden feels like another Groundhog Day.
We’ve been here before in 2008 when President Obama took office promising a radical agenda to the American people—and Joe Biden was there too. And remember, in the 2010 midterm election, the American people delivered a swift repudiation to the Obama/Biden agenda by handing 63 House seats to the GOP. By President Obama’s second term, both the House and the Senate were controlled by the GOP.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are hoping to recreate the glory days of the Obama era, complete with a radical agenda and many of the same people. The Obama years were an era replete with liberal policy overreaches, the proliferation of identity politics and an abject abandonment of Christian values. However, when conservatives and believers unite together, we know how to push back against this type of overreach. We did before, and we will again.
But, remember that Joe Biden is the sequel, and sequels are always worse. He was there with President Obama in 2008, but now he has his own glory to seek from the well-funded abortion and LGBT activists who put him in office. Plus, President Obama picked Joe Biden as his Vice President. But Joe Biden didn’t pick another Joe Biden—he chose Kamala Harris, arguably the most liberal U.S. Senator. That’s just one of many indications that this time around, the Biden agenda is likely to be even more extreme than during the Obama era.
We cannot check out for the next four years, waiting for a new shot at the presidency. Instead, we must be on guard, ready to serve as a check on the new administration, and ready to defend the values we hold dear. And, perhaps, find ways to advance some family values that both sides can agree on—we’re working on that right now! We pray you will not grow weary, but will join with us—because it will take all of us.
- We are strategizing for 2022 now.
We learned important lessons during the Obama era, and one big takeaway is that we need to plan and strategize for the 2022 election now—and we are. Just as the Obama Administration overreached on radical policies, we know the Biden Administration and their allies will do the same. So just as the American people rejected the Obama Administration’s agenda in the 2010 midterm election by “kicking out” many of President Obama’s allies in Congress, we need to do the same with Joe Biden’s congressional allies in 2022.
The good news is that as believers, we never place our hope and trust in political leaders. So, we do not despair when our preferred leaders lose or gloat when they win. Rather, we continue to advance godly values regardless of the political makeup.
So even while the incoming Administration appears poised to trample the values we hold dear, we continue to fight for them in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ and work to replace those leaders with men and women who more closely reflect our values at the next possible opportunity. This is how our system of government works, and God has called us to steward it well.
- There’s plenty of reason to have hope for families in the states!
Regardless of what’s going on in Washington, D.C., Family Policy Alliance has always been primarily focused on advancing your values in the states. Though D.C. suffers from chronic gridlock and dysfunction, many states have been able to advance critical legislation that cherishes the lives of babies in the womb and their mothers, helps religious freedom flourish, and supports thriving families.
In fact, the states often serve as an important check on Washington, D.C., and sometimes even lead the way for change to happen at the federal level on important issues. Indeed, just this past year, Idaho led the nation in becoming the first to protect the fairness and integrity of girls’ sports. States have been leading the way for decades in rolling back Roe v. Wade with hundreds of pro-life policies. And, while our most sacred right of religious freedom has suffered or thrived at the federal level depending on who sits in the White House, states have passed multiple pieces of legislation to protect faith-based adoption agencies or other nonprofits, the religious freedom of students in public schools, and ensuring people of faith get a fair day in court.
So take heart! Even if D.C. remains a somber place the next four years (though we certainly have hope of finding ways to make a difference!), join us in being about the Father’s business of shining His light in your state!
Onward—for His glory, may we demonstrate citizenship
worthy of the Gospel of Christ,
President and CEO
2020 has been a year that has marked all our lives in both good and bad ways. It makes you wonder if anything good came from this year. We firmly believe that God did work in our ministry, in this state, and our nation.
We believe 2021 will be an exciting year for us, and all of Kansas, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. But before we move into the new year, we thought it was important for you to hear from the team about their highlights from the year:
Brittany’s Reflections on 2020
2020 started off with such energy and then just seemed to just stall out from a legislative perspective. But we did see some big wins for families this year:
- Our most important victory this year, was the flip we saw in the make-up of the Kansas legislature. In Kansas, there was a Kansas conservative tsunami in both the Primary and General elections. Every Republican that voted against Value Them Both was booted out of office in the primary and we added to the number of conservatives in both chambers paving the way for this life saving amendment to pass this session. This sets us up to get some incredible work done in promoting life, religious freedom, school choice, and families.
- We helped protect freedom in our state by pushing back against Governor Kelly’s attempt to target churches during the pandemic. We also helped protect local control of COVID-related restrictions, something Governor Kelly is still trying to undo.
- This year has given us the opportunity to build an even stronger alliance of pro-family, pro-life, and pro-freedom Kansans who are fighting to protect the values that have made Kansas a wonderful place to live and raise a family. So many of you reached out to your elected officials and fought alongside us. Join us as we grow in the coming year. We’ll need your voices again to keep fighting for truth.
David’s Reflections on 2020
It would be so easy to simply want to “write off” 2020. For goodness sake, let’s move on to 2021! Well, I offer the following amazing things that have happened in 2020:
- Your Kansas Family Policy Alliance team has embraced aligning with the Church Ambassador Network with a mission of “Inspiring the Church to Engage Government for the Advance of God’s Kingdom.” We have done much foundational work, learning from our partners, especially from The Family Leader in Iowa, and we are really excited about mobilizing the Church in Kansas. The foundational work is critical as we look toward thousands of Kansans eventually joining us in this mission.
- The Church has had to embrace technology in ways that they have never done before. On-line giving is way up. On-line participation in churches is way up. The efficiency of the Church has grown as many pastors and church members embrace video meetings. Even the Church Ambassador Network is relying on Zoom to have meetings between people who live hours away from each other.
- Even as turmoil has rocked our nation, Jesus followers have recommitted to following Jesus in every circumstance. God never promised His followers a life absent of strife. As Christians, we have the advent focuses of hope, peace, joy, and love because we know that this life is temporary, with all of its struggles, and that Jesus is still on His throne. World events are continuing to unfold just as God knew they would.
Jeff’s Reflections on 2020:
As this year comes to an end, a verse that has consistently come to my mind through the 2020 ups and downs is Romans 8:28. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” Anyone who said following Christ is easy was pulling your leg, but when we consistently pursue him and his righteousness, whether individually or organizationally, God will indeed cause all things to work together for good. Many “good things” are in the works for FPA of Kansas in 2021. In the weeks and months ahead, we will begin to share some of these things with you.
We are so thankful for how the Lord has seen us through this year. Our promise to you is that we will continue to work with diligence, joy, and hope in the coming year. We pray that you will see God’s goodness in the coming year and we look forward to working with you, in the days to come!
Standing for the family of believers,
Director of Advocacy
Church Outreach Director
Nearly three weeks after Election Day and one thing is clear: we have to get proactive about election integrity.
Contrary to the leftist narrative of voter suppression, Georgia has made it incredibly easy to register and to vote. That’s great. However, leftist lawsuits and the dramatic push toward mail-in voting have also made us skeptical – concerned that our elections, while rightly open to all Georgians, are also open to fraud.
On Friday, Governor Kemp spoke regarding this election. He spoke of the legal mandates and restrictions on his office. He spoke of the path forward for the Trump campaign. And, he spoke of his concern for our elections. He called on an audit of the signatures on absentee ballot envelopes to their corresponding voter registration signatures. Such an audit could assess the infiltration of fraudulent ballots in our count.
On November 3rd, we had a stark contrast in our choice for president. We deserve to assess the validity of the unprecedented number of absentee ballots. Moreover, we know the left will work relentlessly to cheat in these all-important January 5th runoffs. And, we must get this right so we can defeat Stacey Abrams AGAIN in 2022.
Governor Kemp was right. An audit of these signatures is needed – for this election and to assess the threat to future elections. Make your voice heard by encouraging Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to order such an audit TODAY! Sign the petition and ENCOURAGE your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same.
For Election Integrity,
President and Executive Director
P.S. This isn’t about rumor or innuendo. Brad Raffensperger had a conservative record in the State House, is a friend, and we are not casting doubt on his integrity. However, an audit of these signatures is needed and would go a long way toward either confirming a problem that MUST be addressed OR restoring confidence. TAKE ACTION by encouraging our Secretary of State to order such an audit TODAY!
P.P.S. We are not an organization that focuses on “elections process.” However, we know that those who desire a “Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished” are NOT the ones who try to cheat. Those who do, rob our constituents of their voice. We’ll be engaging on this and other election issues so we can make certain to get this right.
Conservatives took some lumps in Colorado elections this month, no doubt about it. But there were some encouraging results as well that I want to make sure are on your radar screen.
Besides the high-profile contests, Family Policy Alliance was especially involved in key state Senate races this fall. That’s so important because, since the Democrats took over the Senate in 2018, there has been no firewall to protect us from Gov. Polis’s radical policy agenda.
To be clear, the predictions this year were that Democrats and their abortion allies would gain seats – possibly so many that reclaiming the Senate in future years would be nearly impossible. The reason for those predictions is that the seats up this year tend to be more challenging than the other half that will be up in 2022. Plus, we were still operating under the partisan gerrymandering (district lines) that made the composition of districts very difficult for conservatives.
The Outcome: Family Policy Alliance engaged in seven senate races, winning five. Best of all, the four races we were most focused on all went to the more conservative candidate!
The Impact: With your support, we reached 150,000 households in those districts with a variety of messaging – mailers, digital ads, major texting campaigns and more.
Frankly, we were stunned by the impact, particularly of the digital ads. These fair but hard-hitting comparison ads went viral in several districts. For example, an ad in one of the districts – which focused on the liberal candidate and the push to allow biological males to compete in girls’ sports – was shared more than 2,000 times and reeived literally tens of thousands of supportive comments and reactions. The conservative candidate came from behind to win by just one percent (fewer than 1,000 votes).
The Future: Because of these results, conservatives only need to win back three seats in 2022 to regain control of the Senate. With a better set of seats up then – and with new district lines that are projected to be vastly improved – the prospects are very encouraging.
Until then, if you’re a pro-family conservative in Colorado, get ready to stand strong and take action! The attacks will continue in 2021, and it’s so important that we lovingly but boldly speak the truth on behalf of the babies, the students and the families who are so harmed by the far Left’s agenda in our state.
Yours for a better Colorado,
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!
Though the media projected the presidential election for former Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon, counting, recounting and legal challenges continue in battleground states across the nation. While some of our fellow Americans celebrate, we and many others remain deeply concerned that the integrity of our electoral process is thoroughly investigated and upheld. Prayers for our nation are needed more than ever.
However, if after the counting and legal challenges have run their course, Mr. Biden has won the White House, our prayers will take on even more significance.
It is no secret that this would not be the outcome we at Family Policy Alliance – and many Christians across the country – have hoped and prayed for. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have made it clear that they do not value the lives of babies in the womb. They support a radical LGBT ideology that includes helping children undergo major surgeries and hormone suppressants in order to “identify” as the opposite sex. And they do not believe in the same role for parental choice and religious freedom at school that we hold as a standard.
So where does this leave us as the Body of Christ?
The good news is that our role hasn’t changed. We are called to speak Truth and shine the light of Christ in the darkness. The more that our country’s laws do not reflect godly values, the brighter we must shine.
There are two reasons for our hope.
First, God is on the throne. Ultimately, we believe that God will use this season for our good and his glory. We believe that the Lord knows and oversees what happens in the world. We can trust him to bring about good for his people – and to use us to make that happen. As Christians, we are not first Republican or Democrat, but witnesses of Christ’s kingdom to a broken world.
Second, and very importantly, we remember that God has placed us in our country at this time for a reason. Inasmuch as we believe God can bring about good even during a Biden presidency – if that is the ultimate outcome – we also believe that good will come about significantly through the work of his people. There is no avoiding the fact that a Biden presidency will bring policies that not only hurt families and children, but which may even be hostile in some respects to Christianity. It is our duty as Christians to respond both by countering these very harmful policies and by putting forward our own good policies where possible.
What can we expect if former VP Biden has been elected president? Here are just a few things that could be on the horizon:
- Court-packing. Will a President Biden nominate additional Justices to the Supreme Court (without a vacancy) in order to get more liberal judicial outcomes? While he hasn’t committed to it, our future President has suggested that he may be leaving that option on the table. Court packing could call into question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court – not to mention lead to more liberal outcomes.
- The Equality Act. This Congressional Act would redefine “sex” for purposes of federal nondiscrimination law, making it not based on biology but on gender identity. It would destroy girls’ sports (allowing males to compete in female sports if they identified as female). It could also result in males being able to use women’s locker rooms and bathrooms.
- Filibuster. The filibuster has long been an important political tool – but one that Democrats may abolish under the Biden presidency. Without the filibuster, many extreme policies (like the Equality Act) that have been stopped by the Senate could be pushed forward into law.
- Life-related issues. Biden will support abortion (and may try to undo President Trump’s pro-life protections). One area of special and urgent concern is regulation of the abortion pill. Currently, the federal Food and Drug Administration maintains important regulations on the abortion pill. But those on the Left want to undermine those regulations. If those federal regulations are repealed, in many states there would be little regulation left on the abortion pill.
- Undoing conservative policies. Biden has said that he will undo some of the conservative Executive Orders of President Trump. For example, when a mom alluded to some of Trump’s policies on sex and gender issues, Biden said he would “eliminate those executive orders, number one.”
In short, if Joe Biden does take the White House, we know that it’s going to be a battle. And we’re ready for it. As Christians, God has called each of us to stand for truth and to represent him well in this world. And here at Family Policy Alliance, we have a unique calling to do that in the public policy sphere throughout the country. Not only will we work to counter policies that hurt the family at the national level, but we’ll continue the heart of our work: transforming policy at the state level. So many decisions – including important decisions about abortion, education, and other family issues – are made at the state level.
So, as we look ahead to 2021, we’re trusting the Lord to guide and direct the work we’ll get to do on behalf of families. As it’s always been, it will be hard work – and we’ll need your help to make it happen.
We have our work cut out for us – and we’re looking forward to seeing how God will move. Will you join us in continuing to pray for our nation – during this time of uncertainty and for whomever ultimately take the oath of office on Inauguration Day?
The Family Policy Alliance Team
The media has rushed to call this election for Joe Biden. However, at this point in time, the only title he holds is former Vice President.
Some of you may have received an email from the national organization that took a position contrary to our current one in Georgia, and we want to provide clarity.
At Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, we want every legal vote counted, every illegal vote rejected, valid claims investigated, and this election to reflect the true will of the people. Right now, we are not there yet.
I will acknowledge that Joe Biden is ahead. It may very well be that he stays that way. If he does, we need pray for him, and commit to opposing him in the countless ways – based on his record and his campaign – that he appears set to violate truth, the Constitution, and our values.
As I said in our email “keep praying, keep fighting,” President Trump is a fighter. He will not keep quiet about any issue that would have led to a different result.
In multiple states – including Georgia – there will be recounts. In multiple states, there are allegations that need to be investigated and suits that have been filed. I believe it’s important for us, as Christians, to decline a rush to judgment in either direction.
We have seen for years how the leftists have attacked Trump’s “legitimacy.” I do not think, if this election does not go our way, that we need to model our actions after theirs. At the same time, we do not need to acquiesce and “give up” simply because they want us to.
There will come a time for all Americans to acknowledge a final result. However, our position at Family Policy Alliance of Georgia is that today is not the time to impose that view on anyone.
Scripture places a value on “waiting” – not a waiting that is lazy but a laborious, hopeful, intense, yet patient “waiting” and trust on the Lord. We “wait” for more clarity. Voters deserve a process that recognizes their intentions. The Trump legal team deserves time to make their case. And, while we cannot ever be dependent on the actions, words, or views of one person, President Trump deserves time to assess various options.
As much as they wish it were the case, the media does not pick our president, and, their declarations – while maybe giving their evaluation of the current state of things – hold no authority.
In the meantime, let the process play out. The words we, in Georgia, wrote yesterday still hold true. And, frankly, as we grow anxious, let us also labor for two US Senate seats where the Lord is also calling us to be faithful.
The eyes of the nation are on Georgia, and we cannot let the country down.
If you have any questions or were confused by any previous communications, please do not hesitate to reach out. We remain steadfast in our support of President Trump, prayerful as this election process continues, and also diligently working on the efforts the Lord is calling us to – including nation-shaping races on our ballot coming up January 5th.
President – Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
PS. As the votes are still being counted, we are reminded – as we were in 2018 – that we are a “swing state.” To help us reverse the trend and forge a God-honoring culture, please consider a donation today.
Over the course of the evening/morning, Joe Biden took the lead in Georgia. This followed a steady stream of increasing outstanding votes from left-dominated counties that were not tabulated on election night.
Here’s the truth the media doesn’t want you to believe: it ain’t over yet.
My resolve – what I and this organization can control – is to make sure we’re not in this situation again. The reality is that Georgia is, for now, a swing state. That should disgust all of us. It’s a gut check, and we’ve got to get to work.
At the same time, it’s imperative that Christians remain vigilant in prayer as votes continue to be tabulated, and we must keep raising concerns over documented abuse.
For months, the President warned about the rampant challenges with the emphasis on mail-in ballots. This has proven true, and confidence in the system – one that saw reported ballot counts escalate, counts come in across the board almost exclusively for Biden, and reports of lack of compliance with transparency laws – is shaken.
We’ve seen Arizona inexplicably called early, Florida called late, and the media doing everything they can to convince you that Biden has won. As believers, there’s a sense of helplessness as we watch our country potentially transition from a president that has done so much good to a candidate who would usher in so much evil as the result of an election that appears to be questionable.
So what can we do:
- Georgia has ballots – including 8900 military ballots, which tend to lean Republican – left to count. God is in control of this election! Put it before Him!
- Everyone needs to stay patient, even if the race gets “called.” This is an unprecedented election – in part because of the way the “game” changed because the Democrats wanted an election conducted primarily by mail. It’s going to take a while to get all the results, and, then, President Trump has every right to exhaust legal action.
- Our nation has been battered over the last year, and there will be a temptation for folks less committed to the cause to simply resign themselves to whichever winner can be declared the quickest. Don’t be scared to point out the valid concerns and rally the public behind our President, who has fought for us. We need to make certain that every legal vote is counted, and every illegal vote is rejected.
- As we saw, Arizona was called WAY too early. Biden may end up winning it, but we need to evaluate every piece of news we receive for accuracy. That does swing both ways, too. As Christians we do not want to bear false witness and allege illegal activity where that may not be the case. Evaluate everything you see – both from fake news media sources and from your conservative friend on social media.
- Fraud occurs. It’s certain that there are cases of fraud in this election. That’s why President Trump has a legal team to evaluate all allegations and to move cases through the system. We need to trust his team to do their job and, if there are instances of fraud that changed this outcome, they will file a claim. Our President is a fighter, and we will quickly learn where erroneous counts may have changed outcomes based on what his attorneys file. He won’t hesitate to point out wrongdoing.
- The mission of our organization is to transform the culture and forge a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. The closeness of the race here – win or lose – underscores that we are not there yet. We have work to do, my friends.
- God promises to work in all things for our good. Cling to the Scripture. Trust Him. Now is a great time for the world to see your faith – manifested in your passion to see Him glorified in our culture, your commitment to truth, your resolve to labor for what you believe in, and your unshakeable confidence in the Living King.
These are uncertain times. The next four years under President Trump will/could bring unprecedented prosperity, a restoration of the Constitution, and an appreciation of the values we hold dear. If he loses, we will have an inept, anti-faith, anti-American president-elect. The consequences ahead are severe if we get this wrong.
If we didn’t have our faith in the Lord, we would be truly distressed.
Consider what lies ahead as an opportunity to show your faith. Show your faith in how you view this election – how you pray, engage, and trust in Him. And, show your faith in your resolve to labor for a God-honoring culture.
President and Executive Director
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!
The 2020 election has happened. We have survived the onslaught of ads, angry posts on social media, speeches, debates, flyers, and other campaign intrusions. We look forward with optimism or dread to the next four years. I don’t really know which, because I don’t know how you voted, and more importantly, because I am writing this email the day before the election.
I didn’t want to prejudice what I am about to say by knowing the election results. It’s sort of like Schrodinger’s election – we both won and lost until we know the results. It is easier to be rational and look at things in a more objective way when emotions aren’t high.
So, what is the point to be made the day before elections? The point is that God is sovereign, no matter what happened in this election.
I am a Calvinist by training and by personal belief, and one of Calvinism’s central themes is the sovereignty of God. I wholeheartedly believe in that principle, and more so the older I become. It teaches that despite what happens in our life, God reigns supreme and nothing occurs without it being part of His plan. It is a source of great comfort to me that God is in control of every aspect of our lives.
I do not know if today there are protests, riots, uncertainty about election results, general frustration, resigned acceptance, jubilation, or other feelings from Tuesday’s results. Regardless, the next four years should be interesting. While I believe that God reigns supreme, that does not release us from our responsibility. If elections did not go our way, it is up to us to continue to influence politics for the better, even if it is now much harder. That is also true if we are happy with the election results – the work is never done, because the opposition will be even more militant. Elections must be followed by diligent policy work to ensure that your values continue to be represented, no matter who sits in the White House or our North Dakota Legislature.
That is where Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® comes in. We advocate for your biblical beliefs at the state and national levels, regardless who is in office. There are always those who stand against the Christian foundation our country was built upon, and it is our duty to protect that foundation. We will be there when you can’t be. We will help advance bills and policies that uphold your beliefs. We will boldly state the truth when others “sling arrows” at us. We will be there to ensure that North Dakota remains a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
I will leave you with this. As you know, my father was a pastor, and he had one sermon where he quoted part of a poem that spoke volumes to me about how we need to look at life. Years after he retired, I put the poem into a frame with a picture of a loom and gave it to him. Now that he has passed, that frame hangs in our living room – a reminder of God’s sovereignty and the need for our unrelenting trust in His plan. It goes like this.
My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.
Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
Have faith my fellow Christian. God is sovereign and what happened on Tuesday was part of His choosing. For what may seem better or worse, He holds our future and weaves the threads of our lives into a beautiful tapestry that perfectly fits His plan.
For His glory alone,
President and Executive Director