As we reflected on our nation’s rich history of liberty and our declaration of independence from Great Britain this past week, we also spent time reflecting on our history of freedom-minded, family-oriented work in Kansas.
Starting in the 1980s and gaining momentum in 2015, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas has worked to promote liberty and family values in two primary ways:
First, our work centers on returning to the values and principles our Founding Fathers believed would establish a truly free & prosperous nation.
Signing the Declaration of Independence was costly. The Founders described that cost in the final sentence of the document: They pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
Why would they do such a thing? Why would they give up the comforts of security, family life, and prosperity to stand up to the king and his army?
They acted because of the real injustices being inflicted on the American colonists by King George and his refusal to do what was necessary for “the public good.”
They acted not for their own profit (they knew they would likely make the ultimate sacrifice after signing this declaration) but for the good of their neighbors, children, and all future generations who had a God-given right to live in liberty, experience life, and pursue happiness.
The result of their bravery and statesmanship is the nation full of liberties we enjoy today.
The cost was high — many gave everything so their children and future generations could be free.
We want to see Kansas return to those values of liberty, honor, and sacrifice for the good of all Kansans.
Second, we want to reverse the damage done by progressive policies that devalue human life, destroy family, and divide neighbors.
Progressivism has infected every area of public life and the policies being pushed today have disastrous consequences for this ideology’s victims.
For example, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) nondiscriminatiom laws have cropped up in states all over our country with ramifications that are sinister and far reaching. Most recently we have seen this push in the city of Wichita.
While SOGI may sound innocuous, these laws actually provide for a new protected class based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, allowing people in this class to sue based on perceived “discrimination.”
These are also the laws that allow men access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams.
We’ve fought back to protect women’s privacy, opportunities, and dignity against these radical laws and ideologies.
Another example of the damaging effect of progressive ideology in action today is the erosion of parental rights.
Many elected officials at the local and state level believe minors should have access to abortion without parental consent, have implemented classroom curricula that undermines parental influence, and ultimately believe the state should have greater control of parenting rights and decisions.
In the face of such malicious attacks on our values and our families in Kansas, Family Policy Alliance has taken a stand and fights every day for you and your family.
We’ve seen some incredible victories in the years we’ve been in Kansas.
- We’ve trained legislators who are now leaders in the state legislature, working to pass legislation that protects your values.
- We’ve fought the tide of progressivism by lobbying for legislation to save women’s sports, ensure conscience protections for business owners, and save innocent unborn lives.
- We’ve stood for your family values by advocating for school choice so parents can choose what’s best for their children.
Our Founding Fathers planted a seed of liberty. Since 1776, that seed has grown into a strong tree that has not only weathered many storms but has provided safety and shelter to people from all over the world who yearn to be free.
But the tree is under attack. That’s why Family Policy Alliance exists, and it’s why we’re eager to share strategic updates with you in the coming days and weeks. The best is yet to come.
Director of Advocacy
Church Outreach Director
There is a raging battle going on between the SECULAR and the SACRED in America. For a while now it seems that the secular has had the upper hand but recently the sacred – namely, an acknowledgement of religious freedom – has scored some victories worth noting.
The First… the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, ruled in favor of a faith-based foster care agency in Philadelphia saying that the state could not disqualify it because their religious beliefs prevented them from working with same-sex couples. The court noted that Catholic Social Services has “long been a point of light in the city’s foster-care system” and that the agency simply wishes to be allowed to “continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs.” This may set a precedent for other states like Massachusetts that forced other faith-based ministries to close their doors.
The Second… Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law mandating that public schools in the Sunshine State have a daily moment of silence. It requires teachers to set aside at least 2-4 minutes each day in the first period of school for a moment of silence. The Governor’s comments about the law were a welcome breath of fresh air. Here is what he said: “It’s important to be able to provide each student the ability, every day, to be able to reflect and to be able to pray (or not pray) as they see fit,” DeSantis said. “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful — I’m sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that.”
American history, before the secular shift of recent years, is replete with times of government leaders calling for prayer: praying to God in faith is an important reminder that even our nation’s success is dependent on the grace of God. The more secular we have become the less we have relied on what the Almighty can do.
God has moved mightily in this country and He can again. America was birthed by leaders who in the Declaration of Independence, appealed “to the Supreme Judge of the world.” America has surely been blessed in the years since – despite many struggles in between.
Maybe we just need to put our faith into action. Faith is not just believing God can do something. Faith is not just hoping he will do something. Faith is thanking God in advance for what he is going to do.
Let’s ask God for more SACRED victories, believing that he will do it and begin thanking him in advance.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mar 11:24)
For Faith & Family in Wyoming,
Next week we will share some exciting news regarding the future of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. Keep your eyes peeled for the big announcement!
In the meantime, I hope you have a blessed Independence Day with your family. I’ve included an article below that I wrote to explain how the founding fathers wanted this holiday to be centered around thanksgiving to God for all that he has done for us and our nation.
May we reclaim that vision.
Standing with you,
Sir William Jones, the renowned eighteenth-century English jurist and scholar, once remarked of his native England, “We live in the midst of blessings till we are utterly insensible of their greatness and the source from whence they flow.”
Sadly, the same could be said of the American people today. Even with all the problems we face today, we are blessed to live in the most prosperous, secure, politically stable, and free nation in the history of the world. Yet too many turn their backs on our national foundations, indignantly sneer at the biblical morality we once shared, and speak with contempt of the founding fathers and other faithful men who have—by their vigilance and sacrifice—secured, maintained and preserved our republic for future generations.
What was, to paraphrase Sir William Jones, the source from whence our blessings of liberty, prosperity, and security flowed? What was the source of our national greatness?
In his first Thanksgiving Proclamation, President George Washington unequivocally answered: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
That, indeed, was the unanimous opinion of the founding fathers who appended their names to the Declaration of Independence exactly 245 years ago. In fact, Independence Day in early America was celebrated as a day of national thanksgiving to God.
Our founders attested to God’s intervention on our behalf during the War for Independence and His goodness in guiding them as they created a nation rooted in the idea of liberty under God’s law and built upon His unchanging Word. They believed the American people should come together to extend gratitude and worship to God for His protection, favor, and blessing.
Writing to his wife Abigail immediately after joining with his fellow delegates in voting for independence, John Adams presciently foresaw both the importance of the event in which he had just taken part and the traditions that would be celebrated by successive generations of Americans:
|“I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations [fireworks] from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”|
Yes, John Adams predicted that Independence Day would be celebrated with fireworks, parades, sports, and guns! How’s that for a prediction come true?
But also notice that John Adams says Independence Day ought to be celebrated by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. God, who is the source of all blessings, deserves our worship and thanksgiving today. He has given us our liberty, and He has allowed us to live in a nation that has done better than any other in offering opportunity to all and empowering everyone to exercise their rights freely.
As you celebrate Independence Day, take a few minutes to pray with your family, thanking God for all He has done for the United States of America and asking Him that our nation may reclaim its founding principles.
Join with me in following the wisdom of President Washington, who over two centuries ago encouraged his countrymen to acknowledge God’s providence and authority, obey His law, be grateful to Him for the blessings we have been given, and humbly ask him for his continued protection and favor.
This coming Sunday will be Independence Day – the day commemorating our country throwing off the yoke of England’s rule. I hope all of you have the opportunity to spend the day with friends and family, celebrating our country’s freedoms.
As Americans, we have a lot to be thankful for. We live in a country founded on biblical principles, which is a huge blessing. We have religious freedom, a society where hard work produces commensurate rewards, respectful dialog happens around contentious issues, Christianity is respected, and societal norms are shifting more toward biblical values every day.
Really? I wrote that last paragraph in November of 2019, less than two years ago. How would I write it today? How about this.
We have many freedoms and live in a nation with liberties based on biblical values, but they are under attack more and more every day. We have a President who rules by fiat. We see biological girls on sports teams having to compete with biological boys who “identify as a girl”. The major media outlets gleefully broadcast almost daily how another company, public figure, church, or other entity has sacrificed traditional values on the altar of political correctness. Social media and other forms of free expression are being censored for those with our views. Our education system is already beginning to teach our children that the structure and core beliefs of our country are inherently based on racial injustice. Hard work no longer guarantees commensurate rewards you can keep. The Left and the Right have never been farther apart on every issue, and the gloves are off. More and more states are giving permission to abort under any circumstances, at any point during the pregnancy (and in some cases, after birth!).
Why am I giving you this litany of things that are going wrong? For four reasons.
First, I want to highlight that the freedoms we still possess in these areas are a precious thing, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. It is easy to become comfortable and complacent when it comes to our freedoms. We mistakenly assume that they will always be there, at our own peril.
Second, we may live in what is overall a conservative and Bible-honoring state, but we are not insulated from these issues. I see them every day in my work. Just look at some of the good and bad bills introduced this past legislative session: physician-assisted suicide, girls’ fairness in sports, freedom of speech at public universities, institutions of higher learning partnering with Planned Parenthood, and more. Make no mistake, these issues are already in North Dakota, folks.
Third, we need to actually do something to stop the loss of our nation’s freedoms. As we saw starkly this past November, elections can have devastating consequences. While we’ve thankfully never yet had to fight for our freedoms like the colonists during the revolutionary war, we still need to fight in other ways. For now, our fight is in the halls of Congress, our state capitol, at school board meetings, rallies, in letters to the editor, with calls to legislators, and more.
Finally, I want to ask for your help in upholding these fundamental beliefs and values that make North Dakota what it is. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota fights for your freedoms every day. We do this through legislation, supporting candidates for office, informing you about key issues that threaten our liberties, providing ways to engage in the political process in a meaningful manner, reporting on legislators’ voting records, etc. Won’t you consider joining us in these efforts through your financial support?
Together, let’s protect the freedoms that have made our country the beacon of the free world it is.
President and Executive Director
|Proverbs 22:6: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even
when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Dear Dads (and everyone who loves their Dad):
As a dad, I am always doing my best to look out for the needs of my family. That means working to maintain shelter and provide sustenance and meet my family’s daily needs.
Being a dad also means being an encourager and supporter, being the arbiter of disputes, mowing the lawn, killing spiders, and perhaps the most daunting of all…. being a protector.
While protector does indeed mean physical security, I am more concerned with the other part of protection. It’s one I think dads think about a lot: protection from what the world wants kids to see, hear and do.
In a world where truth gets twisted and turned on its head, dads have to be discerning and wise in order to make sure kids know the truth and understand what is happening in their surroundings. Confronting the world’s warped ideas and abject falsehoods is a daily challenge where some days are harder than others. The age of your kids might also determine whether you are in a particularly difficult season.
It is not for the faint of heart and many of us wonder if we are up to the task or if we have already messed things up. But I also think at times we can make this a little harder than it needs to be.
Here are three reasons why I say that:
- Kids are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. They can handle information about the world they live in – if they are old enough to ask tough questions, they are likely old enough to hear and understand truth when it is delivered out of a sense of love and care.
- At heart, kids are forgiving. Yes, we all mess up from time to time and sometimes it is bad. The hardest thing in the world might be going to a child and telling them the truth that you failed and asking for forgiveness, but what a model to teach them. They have probably learned to seek your forgiveness, but how impactful is it when you seek theirs?
- Kids love fun, boy, do they love fun! This is probably where I fail the most – just having fun. The world intrudes and robs us of time every day and as dads we can become distant from our kids. We have to make time to pay attention to them, do things they like and really listen to them. If we do not fill that void, the world will. Making the most of time with your kids is vitally important. Have fun and leave the worries behind.
There is probably much more that can be written here. And like most dads, I am NOT an expert by any means (see number two above).
As dads we all, hopefully, do our best to stay strong and maintain our trusted, godly, firm, and consistent fatherly influence in our kids’ lives. Some days that is harder than others, but as a father nothing is more important – nothing. We have but a few years to train our children to be godly, productive, respectful, well-rounded adults, and every day of that process is a new opportunity.
I want to encourage you to keep going, and know that you don’t have to be perfect. It does not matter how yesterday or last week went. Perhaps you feel like a super dad, or maybe you feel you could do better. However you feel, here’s my encouragement to you: as long as you are striving to do your best and follow the Lord’s leading, you are the parent you child needs today.
Keep seeking the truth and finding ways to impart it to your kids. Stand strong in the face of a culture that wants to devour their minds. Push back against a world that seeks to entice your kids to believe things that are untrue. Teach them accountability and model it in your own life. When you mess up, tell them and ask for forgiveness.
You can do this, and you will!
Enjoy this Father’s Day and be proud of your kids.
Stay encouraged, stay strong…and be the dad God needs you to be!
Happy Father’s Day,
Often I’ll email you about something urgent – a call to pray, act, vote, or donate. Today, I’m asking you to intentionally engage in a long-term strategy.
All-too-often, I hear Christians vilify the media, big business, the entertainment industry, the education system – foundations of culture that, admittedly, are increasingly against us.
My call is for you – and all believers – to redirect away from complaining and instead commit to taking over these institutions, even if it takes the next generation to do it.
In case you missed it, a company often heralded by Christians, Chick-fil-a, backed away last week from financially supporting faithful ministries that uphold a biblical worldview of sexuality. It stung.
Yet, as my Facebook and Twitter feeds quickly filled up with criticisms over the capitulation of the chicken sandwich masters, it struck me that it stings so thoroughly because we’ve been asleep at the wheel. We’ve allowed Chick fil a to become one of the few remaining visible companies that are welcoming to people of faith.
Far more egregious than Chick-fil-a’s retreat, an unprecedented degree of corporate wickedness also may have caught your attention last week – a 90 second internet ad for Sprite that celebrates parents who endorse their children’s transition to a transgender lifestyle. This horrifying production bends to an agenda that will do great harm to Sprite’s customers, yet the Coca Cola owned soft drink remains committed to the campaign.
Where are the Christian companies pointing to a better way? Where are the media outlets that should be crying out in horror over a corporation endorsing an anti-science lifestyle that leads to depression, pain, and, sadly, often suicide?
The silence is deafening because Christians, largely, have retreated from the arena, and it is my hope to see this change.
I’ve seen the profoundly positive impact that the Christian business community can and does have. I’ve seen what can happen when Christian media personalities, sports stars, or entertainment celebrities speak out. I’ve also experienced what can happen when you have a Bible-believing professor willing to encourage students to think about issues in a different way.
So, why are we, as biblical citizens and biblical parents, not intentionally seeking to raise up a generation capable of taking over these spheres of influence?
It’s easy – and, yes, important – to talk about the need for Christians to run for office, and we all know that we need strong leaders in ministry and in the pulpit. Yet, just as important, we need Christians to run and lead businesses, to exert influence in their community, and to operate their business in a way that glorifies God. Just as important, we need Christians to reach high levels in media companies and in the entertainment industry and to exert their influence for truth. Moreover, it’s just as important that Christians gain control of university system and academia to educate the next generation in a way that cares for facts more than an agenda.
The Left has intentionally infiltrated and dominated spheres of influence, but I believe that a biblical work ethic and the Christian remnant can take it back. Will you join in this commitment? It’ll take time, but I believe its imperative that we use the talents the Lord has given people of faith to take over the institutions that define culture.
For Christian Leadership,
President and Executive Director
P.S. Are you a Christian business leader? Professor? Involved in the entertainment industry or in media and using your influence for Christ? If so, THANK YOU! I’d love to hear from you and would enjoy the opportunity to dialogue on how we can reclaim our culture, together.
Here’s the reality: over the next 4 years, our state could become a national leader in honoring God, protecting religious freedom, cherishing human life, and promoting thriving families. Or, we could continue the journey toward becoming San Fran-lanta– a place where leftist groups reign, religious expression is silenced, life is devalued, and parental rights are compelled to surrender to the will of the state.
Georgia is right on the precipice, and that’s why this election is so important.
Right now, all statewide, congressional, and legislative seats (and more) are on your ballot. At Family Policy Alliance, we have identified the foremost difference makers around the state and endorsed their candidacies. Among them are a fearless conservative with the will to oppose the radical Left, a leader whose personal adoption story compels him to fight for the family, alumni from Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy, an author of some of Georgia’s foremost pro-family legislation, a pastor whose commitment to Jesus shines forth, and a conservative Christian millennial who will be a fixture of the movement for the next generation.
So, what can you do to help these candidates:
- Pray- NONE of them will win without the will of the Lord. We are relying on our God to do a mighty work to achieve victory, and we also must pray for His sustaining grace on the candidates and their families while they campaign for us.
- Share- Who you support matters a great deal to your friends, fellow congregants, and co-workers. For several of our endorsed candidates, we have even put together video ads that can be seen on Facebook. These ads have generated over 175,000 impressions already! Please make sure to share on your page and discuss this election with your friends.
- Get Involved- Plug in with our efforts or those of a local campaign, put signs in your yard, knock on doors, and make phone calls. We must wake up the Body of Christ in Georgia to make a difference in this election.
- Contribute- We are producing mail, video, and direct voter targeted advertising to support our endorsed candidates, but this costs money. To help us reach pro-family conservative voters with these messages, please consider a contribution to Family Policy Alliance of Georgia.
We have a real opportunity this election cycle… or, we could wake up to a Georgia that we no longer recognize. The choice is ours!
Because this election matters,
President & Executive Director
We can make no mistake about it. We are not in some minor tiff or subtle disagreement with those who oppose us. No, we are, without a doubt, in a “culture war.”
Here in Georgia, radical leftists are attacking our fundamental values, undermining the family, and stripping us of basic freedoms.
Earlier this week, we announced our endorsement of Michael Williams for governor. He earned our endorsement by being the candidate who understands that babies are dying, parental rights are under siege, the foundational understanding of God’s design of gender is being attacked, and our right to live out our faith is threatened. Among the candidates, he is the one who is fighting back.
Consider what recently happened in Ohio, a state where Donald Trump won by a larger margin than he did here in Georgia. There, a child was recently taken from his parents because they did not consent to allowing him to undergo “gender-reassignment” hormone therapy. How insane! But, we must know that such radical thinking is here in our state also, and it is gaining ground. That’s why we need bold leaders, like Michael Williams, willing to stand up for what is right!
As we announce other endorsements, this is the criteria that will define our choices. If you are looking for culture warriors to fight for our values here in Georgia, then please consider supporting our efforts.
Legislative Update: Last week, we worked alongside one of our Statesmen Alumni, Senator Chuck Payne to pass legislation to protect the rights of parents, SB 437. This week, we testified of this bill’s importance in House committee.
At the same hearing, we testified about SB 74, a pro-life measure sponsored by Senator Josh McKoon. Opposing us was the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Feminists Women’s Health Clinic (an abortion provider). They booed and mocked supporters of the bill, and they cheered every time it was intimated that abortion was the preferred route.
Make no mistake, they want more abortions, and they are hostile to any measure that saves lives. Yes, we are in a culture war.
What to Pray For: The legislative session ends March 29. That is the last opportunity of 2018 to pass pro-family legislation or stop actions that will further erode our freedom. Please be in prayer that the Lord will be glorified as we enter the closing weeks.
For His Glory,
President and Executive Director
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia