There are only 3 days left until the first Voter Registration Sunday! Are you ready? Here’s what you need to know:
- 25 million Christians didn’t vote in the last presidential election – and an estimated 15 million aren’t even registered.As Christians, we are called to be engaged in our communities for their good (Jeremiah 29:7) and to fulfill our civic obligations (Romans 13). Voting is a way we can live out both of those Biblical commands!Sadly, millions of Christian Americans aren’t registered to vote – so it’s no wonder that atheists are the most politically active “religious” group in our country.How can you help change this trend? Help members of your church get registered by hosting a Voter Registration Sunday!To make it easy, we’ve designated both September 20 and October 4 as Voter Registration Sundays.* September 20 is just three days away, so be sure to take action now if you plan to participate then!If you live in AK, MT, RI, SC, or UT, you will need to participate in September to meet your state’s voter registration deadline. We also strongly encourage you to consider this option if you the following states, because these states require registrations to be postmarked immediately after the October date: AR, AZ, FL, GA, HI, IL*, IN, KY, LA, MS, NM*, NV*, OH, TN, TX.(*state deadline falls on 10/6. All other listed states’ deadlines are 10/5. For both cases, we encourage you to choose September or to postmark/urge congregants to postmark registrations immediately on 10/5 should you choose the October option.)
- Hosting a Voter Registration Sunday at your church is an easy, legal, and biblical way to ensure your church members are registered to vote in time for the election!
Voter Registration Sunday is simple when you use our short, downloadable guide.As you consider how to ask your church leadership about hosting the registration, here are a few things you might share with them:
- Voting – and voter registration – are biblical! (see above)
- Voter registration is legal! The IRS allows your church to host a non-partisan voter registration! More details in our downloadable guide.
- It’s easy and can be as direct or passive as your leadership is comfortable with (though the more direct, the better the outcomes). See below for more details!
- You can design your Voter Registration Sunday to meet your church’s needs.
Whether your church is meeting online, in person but contactless, back to normal, or some combination of the three, there’s a Voter Registration Sunday tool for every need! Just be sure to ask your church leadership ahead of time and ensure that the date(s) you host are before your state’s registration deadlines (see above).
You can even make use of our custom QR code to help people directly start the registration process right away! All the details are in our guide.
Want to learn more and help spread the word? Visit our Facebook event and respond “interested” or “going” and you’ll get all the updates you need! Share the event with friends so they can host the registration at their own church, plan to participate at your church, or even register themselves through our online tool!
This election, it’s critical that Christians show up to the polls to elect leaders who will “seek the welfare of the city” (and the nation!). Will you help us make sure they are ready to do that?
Policy and Communications Strategist
Pastors have the emotionally draining and time-consuming responsibility to shepherd their flock, disciple believers into spiritually maturity, and administrate the business affairs of their local congregation. The weight of ministry only intensified during the past six months due to the coronavirus, as disagreements over masks, financial decisions regarding paycheck protection and staffing, and the quick transition to offer a worship experience through an online platform became the top priority.
Their schedule is stretched as family needs must be addressed, secular vocational jobs must be worked, and numerous meetings must be attended. Yet, their moral voice and influence is desperately needed to reverse the negative trends of societal decline that impacts their congregation.
This is where Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® steps in. We strive to help pastors navigate the urgent issues impacting the family structure and facilitate regular conversations between elected state legislators and clergy. I want to encourage you to forward this email to your pastor and let him know about three ways we can serve the church you attend.
- Statewide Leadership Video Calls
Every month we intentionally build relationships and moderate healthy dialogue between pastors and state legislators. Despite the anti-family policies that continue to be introduced in Trenton, there are elected officials that are allies in our cause to see NJ be a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. These elected officials must take public positions on issues that many churches are hesitant to teach on. They face criticisms and challenges for promoting strong family policies. Therefore, it is imperative for them to feel and experience the support of pastors across our state. Our monthly video meetings are structured for pastors to pray for these state senators and assembly members, and to encourage them to remain committed to biblical values. In the past three months, Senator Mike Testa (R), Senator Anthony Bucco (R), and Assemblyman Bob Auth (R) have connected with pastors through these calls.
- Regional Pastor Briefings
Each year we educate pastors on the most troubling issues that threaten the family structure in NJ. This September and October, pastors will learn the facts about the LGBT curriculum in schools, recreational marijuana, and our continued pro-life efforts. Locations for this year’s meetings include Toms River Rockaway, Mount Laurel, Egg Harbor Township, and Warren. Click here for more information.
- Church Ministry
I regularly teach a Biblical message during worship services, bible conferences, and special events regarding the Christian’s Role in Public Policy. Drawing from the scared truth of scripture, we equip Christians to engage the government, and no matter the results, make sure that God is glorified in the process.
Finally, I urge you to do three things to help your pastor:
- Pray for them more.
- Criticize them less.
- Forward them this email.
Together, let’s make NJ better!
Director of Advocacy
This past Tuesday, Governor Murphy increased the indoor capacity for churches to 50 people or 25% building capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor worship services are unlimited in size per Governor Murphy because of First Amendment protections.
Clearly, there is no greater commandment than to love God with all our heart and to love our neighbors as ourselves. People of faith should lead by example in their practice of safe social distancing recommendations. I believe local churches have done that, thanks to the leadership of pastors from across the Garden State. However, churches in NJ continue to be held to an unfair higher standard. Essential businesses can have more than 50 employees who come into physical contact with thousands of customers to be indoors for greater lengths of time than a worship service.
Therefore, Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® has been working extensively with attorney Demetrios Stratis and dozens of churches across our state to file a lawsuit against the Governor to legally deem the church as essential to protect our rights in any future crises that may arise.
You can learn more about this joint effort at these media links.
The overreach of an out-of-touch state government must be addressed. Here’s what we have been up to.
On May 13, FPA of NJ sent a good-faith letter to Governor Murphy signed by 115 pastors to allow churches to operate following the CDC guidelines.
There was no response.
On May 22, we hand delivered a second legal letter with an attached lawsuit to Governor Murphy’s office in Trenton.
There was no response.
As a result, Attorney Stratis filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Trenton on May 29. This complaint uniquely addresses the “essential” nature of the church to retain our constitutional freedoms and core mission during times of emergency. Within five days of the lawsuit being filed, Governor Murphy promised churches would have increased capacity by June 12.
His ruling this week to raise indoor worship gatherings from 25 people to 50 people is disappointing but not surprising. One month after receiving a formal request on behalf of 115 pastors, the church is allowed 50 people indoors! In a sense, there was no response. This decision justifies the lawsuit that was brought on behalf of 29 churches.
The good news is despite this legal challenge, churches are reaching more people than ever through technology, drive in services, and outdoor gatherings with PA systems that often project the gospel into adjacent communities. God uses all things for His glory!
Making NJ better,
Director of Advocacy
By Vince Torres, President and Executive Director
“Why did you wait so long to reopen?”
“Why are you being so reckless by opening this early?”
“COVID is just a conspiracy and by closing, you are sacrificing all our religious rights!”
“COVID is going to kill everyone in the church if you reopen!”
“I hate the web stream! I will see you in-person Sunday!”
“Make sure you keep the web stream. I won’t be back for a while.”
These statements are just a small representation of the “input” many pastors continue to receive during the COVID pandemic. For every churchgoer who is anxious to return to in-person services, there is another who is anxious about the prospect of in-person services, and so many other sentiments somewhere in between.
Over the past several weeks, I have had the privilege of speaking with pastors from all over New Mexico. They represent different denominations and lead churches of different sizes. And whether they pastor 50 people or 15,000 people, these pastors all share a common burden when it comes to addressing the challenges of COVID and safely relaunching our in-person services.
As a pastor, I understand these burdens well, and while some believe the decisions pastors face are rather easy, I assure you—they are not. Every person has an opinion about what our leaders should be doing—whether those leaders be pastors or elected officials. However, when it comes to the church, we should not treat our pastors as politicians, and rather than boosting their burdens, we should be bearing them.
Your pastor needs your prayers. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” -James 1:5
It has been written and stated many times—your pastor has never led or pastored through a pandemic before. They need wisdom, discernment, and added grace and love to effectively navigate the challenges before them. Pray for them daily.
Your pastor needs your patience. “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.” –1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
The truth is, there is no perfect plan or strategy for your pastor to employ. Every decision they make will be met with approval from some and disapproval from others. They may make mistakes, and if/when they do, extend the same grace they have extended to you and honor them with patience as God’s appointed laborers.
Your pastor needs your provision. “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” –Galatians 6:6
Please continue to give your time, talents, and treasure to your local church. As churches reopen, opportunities to serve will again be available and your pastor and church family need your help. As for your tithes and offerings, remember that they do not simply keep lights on in the church on Sundays—they keep food on your pastor’s family table the rest of the week; they put money and supplies into the hands of needy families in your church; and they support the furtherance of Gospel mission beyond your church doors.
Your pastor needs your protection. “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” –1 Timothy 5:17
One of the ways you can best honor your pastor is to protect them from unrighteous criticisms and sinful gossip. There is a big difference between expressing disagreement and sowing discord; and even when disagreements surface, remember that your pastor is leading a diverse church with a diversity of personalities and opinions. If you feel called to address a specific concern, do so in a biblical manner by communicating with your pastor directly. Encourage others to do the same.
The writer of Hebrews instructs us: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.” There is an important truth here—that your pastor is responsible for your church and your people—not other churches and other people. Therefore, their decisions should not be made on the basis of what is best for the church or another church, but what is best for your church.
So, whether your pastor decides to open or delay reopening; to resume at one capacity or another; or to mandate certain restrictions or not—remember, they are doing so in a spirit of love and care for you. They need your prayers; they need your patience; they need your provision; and they need your protection—now more than ever.
Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “God humbled you, …that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”
This is something that Governor Gina Raimondo needs to understand. On Monday, she launched outdoor dining to give some relief to restaurant owners. But many, like the owners of the “Eleven Forty-Nine” in Warwick, announced they are closing for good anyway. Others have also said they may never be able to reopen because of the damage that the economic shutdown did to their business. One restaurateur told me that it’s hard to get his employees to come to work because with the stimulus package, their unemployment check is bigger than their paycheck. So, while the Governor has made some concessions to restaurants, for many it will still be too late.
We can’t allow the same thing to happen to our churches. Churches, while being “houses of worship,” are also non-profit businesses with overhead costs that must be met to remain open and meet the needs of people in our communities. Those needs have increased as a result of COVID-19. As the unemployment rate rises, so does depression, drug addiction, suicide and domestic abuse.
It has already been said that we don’t want the cure to be worse than the disease and that bears repeating. For tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders the church is the “spiritual stimulus” that helps them rise above the stresses and problems of the day. As Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Churches are mainly where those words are spoken!
The Government, for all the good it can do, is not God. We are very thankful churches can open on May 30th, but 25% of seating capacity is not enough and we want that figure to be at least 40% and preferably 50%. Not all churches will feel comfortable with that, but we should each be trusted to make that choice. After all, you don’t have to be a historian to know that most hospitals and universities in America were begun by people in the pews of our churches. We can do this and do it well – at least as well as the grocery stores, liquor stores and the strip club that were allowed to open.
Most of our churches have already thought through and planned for reopening. Most have enough square footage to abide by social distancing and yet accommodate 40-50% of seating capacity. Massachusetts has done this even though they were hit harder than Rhode Island by COVID-19.
While we are grateful for our Governor’s leadership and recognize the unusually heavy responsibilities upon her shoulders at this time, we would like to petition her for three things.
1. Classify churches as “essential” services.
2. Allow churches to function at 40-50% of normal seating capacity.
3. Trust churches and consider their 1st Amendment Rights.
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted, “The Paycheck Protection Program is up and running! The program is open to nonprofits as well, so banks be sure to sign up our Great Religious and Veteran Organizations that need help!”
Perhaps you work at one of those “Great Religious” organizations, or you know someone who does. If you’re at a church or non-profit and wondering whether you’re eligible for the program, what’s entailed, or how the program actually works, keep reading. If you’re not, consider forwarding this to a church leader or someone who may appreciate the extra help.
First things first: What is the Paycheck Protection Program?
The Paycheck Protection Program is one of two new types of loans available to small businesses through the recently signed CARES Act (the Congressional economic relief package which you can read about here). Churches must have fewer than 500 employees to qualify as a “small business.” The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan – up to $10 million – aimed at retaining small business employees. As such, the portion of it used toward payroll (and certain other expenses) will be completely forgivable provided that at least 75 percent of the loan goes toward payroll costs. Otherwise, the loan has a fixed one percent interest rate and maturity of two years.
Is my church eligible?
Yes. A recent Congressional news release clarified: “All churches are eligible for the forgivable loans available under the Paycheck Protection Program.”
Do churches and religious non-profits have to do anything extra to qualify?
No. The government has clarified that churches will be subject to the same limitations on the loans as other entities, but not to any additional or unique burdens. As the release stated, “No church should have to file a Form 990” and non-profits do not need a tax exemption “determination letter” from the IRS.
If I participate, will the government restrict my religious activities or speech?
A loan will not limit an organization’s First Amendment religious rights. It is true that churches receiving the funds must abide by federal nondiscrimination standards (which include race, color, religion, sex, handicap, age, and national origin), but the Small Business Administration has clarified that “these nondiscrimination requirements do not limit a faith-based entity’s autonomy with respect to membership or employment decisions connected to its religious exercise.”
For churches, we recommend COVID Church Aid, a website filled with COVID-19 resources for church leaders, including resources on the Paycheck Protection Program.
How does this affect ministries like Family Policy Alliance?
While churches and many non-profits are eligible to utilize the new funding, organizations and ministries like Family Policy Alliance that engage in election and legislative work are not. As a result, we are more thankful than ever for the faithful, sacrificial giving of our ministry partners. Regardless of your ability to give financially to Family Policy Alliance at this time, we are deeply grateful for your gift of prayer for our ministry. And please know, the Family Policy Alliance team is steadfast in praying for you.
Reflecting on this Holy Week, President Donald Trump observed, “We may be apart, but we can use this time to turn to reflection and prayer and our own personal relationship with God. I would ask that all Americans pray for the heroic doctors and nurses, for the truck drivers and grocery store workers, and for everyone fighting this battle. … Most of all, I would like to ask for your prayers for the families who have lost loved ones. Ask God to comfort them in their hour of grief, a great hour of grief for our nation, for the world. … With the faith of our families, and the spirit of our people, and the Grace of our God, we will endure, we will overcome, we will prevail. We have learned so much. We will be stronger than ever.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Policy & Communications Strategist
I’ve been pondering this question for the past couple weeks. What would the Lord have us do as His church during this COVID-19 pandemic? I’m not now primarily talking about the church as an institution, but about you and me, the church as a body of believers.
I appreciated Governor Burgum’s recognition of the role of the faith community last week. He acknowledged that we are a vital part of providing hope and support to North Dakotans during this difficult time. However, it’s very likely that things are going to get worse in our state before getting better, so what is our response?
Here are some of the responsibilities I believe the church has when it comes to this pandemic.
- Admit the pandemic exists. Some people have held that COVID-19 is not as bad as the annual flu, that it can opportunistically be used by those in power to exert more control over citizens and curtail liberties, or that it is likely being overstated by the media. While these might be true to a greater or lesser extent, I’m simply asking that the church admit COVID-19 exists, that it represents a documented health risk, and that it is very virulent.
- Protect the body of Christ. This flows logically from the first point, above. This means, at a minimum, acting responsibly. Being responsible for most congregations has meant holding services online, which is a good first start. On the flip side, an irresponsible reaction is saying that we Christians are somehow immune from COVID-19 if we have enough faith, as some churches have said. Do you wait for God to heal your nearsightedness, or do you go get glasses?
- Protect and help those outside the church. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. Now is the perfect time to do this. If a hurting world sees Christians leading the way with compassion and Christ’s love, we will make an indelible mark for years to come. If you can, please help our health care providers in particular, as they are on the front lines of this war. Also, government leaders shoulder a huge amount of responsibility, and many others have become unemployed because of this crisis. Let’s not forget them.
- The power of prayer is incredible and something I firmly believe we as Christians greatly undervalue. Pray for 1) those suffering from the sickness; 2) protection of those still not infected; and 3) those engaged in this battle against the coronavirus. If all North Dakotans were to pray each day for these three things, I can guarantee you that we would all see amazing things happen. This prayer will literally take less than a minute to pray each day.
As the church, we represent the bride of Christ and are His hands and feet in a hurting world. Let’s take that mantle seriously and show the world, and particularly our state, that Christians are different. We don’t just attend services on Sunday and try to deal honestly with our neighbors and business associates. As C.S. Lewis put it, “We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.”
When the world seems to be crumbling around us, let’s point to the stable rock on whom our faith rests – our Savior. People see the Savior through us, so let’s make sure that happens during this crisis!
President and Executive Director
Church Leaders: If you are looking for resources on how to minister during this time of pandemic, one of our allied policy organizations has created an excellent website with resources just for you. www.COVIDChurchAid.org
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Is it right for Christians to involve themselves in political things? Some Christians say no. They argue that believers should focus on “spiritual” things (like evangelism, prayer, Bible reading, and church) without getting “distracted” by the things of this world (which, of course, include politics).
I affirm that we should evangelize the lost, robustly pursue prayer and Bible reading, and actively involve ourselves in a local assembly of God’s people. But to say that doing these things precludes exercising our biblical responsibilities as citizens overlooks three important biblical truths.
First, God has created government as His “ministers to us for our good” (Romans 13:4). Therefore, government is something worthy of our time and efforts—it’s one of God’s gifts given to us to help promote the common good until His return!
Second, we are to “seek the welfare of the city where God has sent us” so that we may be left free to “live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (Jeremiah 29:7, 1 Timothy 2:2). For us to have the space to live our lives and raise our children according to God’s revealed will, government needs to respect its limited jurisdiction—it must refrain from interfering with the biblical exercise of our God-given rights.
Third, we have been given a cultural commission to transform the society around us. In the model prayer given to his disciples, Jesus instructs us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We are to work as God’s laborers until this goal is realized, “occupying until Jesus returns” and acting as “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” by promoting a godly vision for society (Luke 19:13, Matthew 5:13-16).
We can’t afford to be apathetic. If we engage in politics, we can make large leaps forward in building a public square where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. If we withdraw from politics, another ideology will fill the vacuum. Those who show up and speak out will achieve the victory. In many ways, the sorry state of our government today is the direct result of retreat and indifference on the part of Christians.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® exists to unleash biblical citizenship throughout this great state and nation. This is accomplished through educating and mobilizing voters, discipling statesmen, and promoting sound policy. We know that the reformation of the “political” will only happen when Christians exercise their biblical responsibility to inform themselves and get involved in “political” things.
The Bible tells us of faithful believers who “stood firm and took action” when faced with an out-of-control government (Daniel 11:32). Will you stand with us?
Standing for Truth,
Director of Advocacy
I am sure you have already heard, but last night we defeated the radical abortion bill, HB 51, in the New Mexico Senate by a vote of 24-18 after 8 democrats joined 16 Republicans in opposition!
After the final vote was announced, we found ourselves silenced in disbelief at what had just transpired—the people of New Mexico had gone up against the abortion industry giant, and the people had won!
How did we do it?
- We prayed, and God honored and answered our prayers! What took place last night was nothing short of a miracle. To say the odds were against us is an understatement. In fact, throughout this process, we were constantly told that there was no way to stop HB 51; and to be honest, at times, we believed it. But God had other plans, and last night, we all reaped the reward of our labor.
- We worked together, and the church engaged! We want to thank our coalition partners—New Mexico Alliance for Life, Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops—and the thousands of New Mexicans who prayed, made phone calls, sent emails, attended our rallies, and visited their legislators. Let this be a lesson for all of us—when we work together and when the church engages, we can move New Mexico.
- We had bipartisan support from pro-life men and women in the Legislature! We worked hard, but at the end of the day, it was our pro-life legislators who pushed us over the top. We want to thank the House and Senate Republican Caucuses, as well as the 6 Democratic Representatives and 8 Democratic Senators who voted for life. Because of your support, we are on our way to restoring a culture of life in our state.
- We had support from ministry partners like you! Our work during this Legislative Session would not have been possible without financial support from our ministry partners, so thank you for your contributions to this significant victory.
Friends—the need for our work moving forward is apparent and we now have a proven track record of success. Therefore, if you would like to see us continue these efforts, please consider sending a financial gift today so we can continue the fight for life in New Mexico. The battle is far from over, but with your prayers and support, we are convinced that New Mexico can become a state where families thrive and life is cherished. So please, give today and let’s do this together.
Together in His Service,
The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team
This letter is written to you, as an engaged Christian, and I also encourage you to, where appropriate, send to your pastor, church elder, or leader to engage them in our movement for biblical citizenship.
As Bible-believing Christians we lament the direction of our declining culture – the increasing celebration of sin, the lack of pursuit of godliness, and the assault on truth.
There are many reasons for this, but I would argue that the primary reason we don’t see much light in our culture is because Christians have increasingly hid theirs, looking more and more like the rest of the world.
Christ warned of this: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
The “saltiness” of the Church has nothing to do with the number of people who fill its pews. Instead it has to do with the “flavor” of its believers- their willingness to stand apart and be different.
So, let me ask you this: are you using your influence as a church leader to help fellow believers be different?
My hope is that you are, but the sad truth is that many are abandoning that call. Instead many churches are watering down the Gospel, essentially ripping pages out of the Bible, in order to be more like the world.
The result of this abandonment of biblical truths is seen clearly in the political landscape.
Consider what the Democrat nominee for Lt. Governor, Sara Riggs Amico, said recently, “I know that confuses a lot of people to be a pro-labor, pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-gay rights Christian. I personally think it’s quite consistent with my beliefs.”
Like Amico, the nominee for Governor, Stacey Abrams, is also campaigning extensively on her faith background despite holding beliefs that run counter to Scripture. Down the ticket, others also point to their faith as well as a belief system that undermines that faith, like Representative Sam Park, who said, “I’m a gay, Christian, Korean man sitting in the intersection of faith, sexual orientation and ethnicity.”
Now, I want to be clear: I am not here to say that Amico, Abrams, Park, or those who agree with them are not people of faith. However, I do want to say that those views are entirely inconsistent with the Scripture that guides the Christian faith.
The Bible is abundantly clear from Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, and more that homosexuality is an affront to God’s design. Just as it is true that “all have sinned,” including myself, it is true, from Scripture that God views homosexuality as a sin and violation of His law.
Similarly, Scripture is also clear about the importance of life (Psalm 139:13-16), the responsibility of parents (Proverbs 22:6), the mandate to protect young children (Matthew 18:6), and God’s intentional design of gender (Genesis 5:2).
Yet, despite this clarity, the leftist ticket is running in direct opposition to these tenants- all while claiming a Christian faith.
So, how did we get here?
The Church, once a clear voice on the issues of the day, began shrinking away from cultural battles. And, we are seeing the sad results. Polling shows that the values and beliefs of evangelical Christians are increasingly moving toward those of the rest of the world. The story is even worse when you specifically look at younger evangelicals- barely indistinguishable from non-believers.
Frequently, pastors or study leaders will push away discussion of cultural issues, deeming them “too political.” Yet, when those issues aren’t spoken to in the churches, it’s easy for the ideology of the world to take root. When church leaders refuse to speak about sexuality, God’s intentional design, the value of human life from conception, or the calling He places on parents, Christians will look to fill the vacuum of information from sources outside of Scripture.
That’s why I am writing to you. No, the Bible is not a political book, and it doesn’t say whether Christians should vote Republican or Democrat. But, it does lay out a clear set of principles and values that believers should stand for. It’s time for the Church to, once again, find its voice on these issues.
As a church leader, I’m asking you to help the Church regain its “saltiness.” Speak on cultural issues within a biblical context. Talk about the Christians’ role in culture. And, make it clear that positions counter to Scripture cannot come from a position of Christian faith!
This coming election is a great opportunity for you, as a church leader, to address this. It’s appropriate, legal, and biblical to encourage your congregation to engage in voting, look at where the candidates stand on issues vital to our faith, and to stand up for our values.
We want to partner with you and serve you in this effort. In the coming months, we will be unveiling our plans to establish an active network of church leaders, and, if you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It breaks my heart to see the way our culture has gone. However, it breaks my heart all-the-more to see issues counter to Scripture be claimed by people of faith. The Church needs to do more. We need to embrace the call to be “salt” and “light.” It’s time to awaken.
For a Stronger Church,
President and Executive Director
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