That is a quote from Thomas Paine. He was trying to assure colonists that they had the ability to fight for freedom against Great Britain, despite overwhelming odds. We know how that story ended, and I’m here to tell you that by Christian unity of purpose, we have the strength to overcome what sometimes appear to be overwhelming odds.

This week I am in DC. We are having our annual conference of state Family Policy Councils (FPCs) and affiliates from across the nation – over 40 in total – of which we are a part. I am so excited to be here, reconnecting and exchanging ideas with my colleagues from across our country. One particular benefit we receive by connecting with other state directors is sharing best practices. They have often faced some of the same challenges we face in North Dakota and can provide guidance on how to best integrate faith into our respective state political processes.

We clearly operate in very different contexts. The California FPC faces very different challenges than the one in Georgia, in Texas, or us here at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. However, we are unified in purpose: to advance the kingdom of God through the political process.

Each FPC values families and wants to ensure that pro-family and pro-life legislation is passed, as we do in North Dakota. We all want to further engage businesses, churches and individuals to become involved in the political process. We all share the passion to make our states ones where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. What an inspirational tie that binds us!

The one thing we definitely agree on is that we can’t do our work without the help of our state ministry partners, such as yourself. If you want to help us advance our pro-family and pro-life values in North Dakota, I encourage you to become a ministry partner. There are many ways to do this. It may mean responding to our action alerts, praying for our ministry, or helping financially support our work. For all the great ideas and help I receive from our brothers and sisters in other states, your backing enables us to actually fight the good fight right here in North Dakota. Thank you for your continued support as we advance our Christian values in the state Capitol in Bismarck and throughout North Dakota!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President & Executive Director

Family Policy Alliance CEO Paul Weber, members of the Family Policy Alliance Team, and state family policy council executives in Georgia this week.

“Political issues.” That phrase tends to have one of two effects. For some, politics sends us running far in the other direction—quickly. For others, we tend to place our hope in our favorite candidates or party—believing they will solve the country’s problems. As believers who first serve God’s Kingdom and who live in a country where we are blessed to be a government of the people, both effects can harm our role as salt and light in America.

As Paul Weber, President & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, says is there any political issue that isn’t first a biblical issue?

Every year, Family Policy Alliance tracks around 2000 bills from  every state across the country—and all of them directly impact families, family values, or faith in some way. We sift out and analyze those 2000 from tens of thousands of bills introduced on every topic imaginable each year. God has called us to this work because we know that men and women of faith who are called into other areas of ministry (in the church, in business, in education, and more) don’t have time to figure out which bills matter to families and impact our faith. Yet they still want to be educated and equipped to take action.

But we wonder if you also know that there are men and women in 40 states (someday 50!) who stand on the front lines for you—directly fighting against legislation that harms families and religious freedom, and advancing truth in state capitols. They are called to the ministry of impacting government and “politics”—from a biblical perspective.

We are proud to work and ally with these men and women serving in state family policy councils in 40 states.

This week, we had the privilege to host all of them at once in Georgia to discuss political issues (that are first biblical issues), to strategize, and to encourage one another in our calling to redeem politics and government.

If you have not yet connected with your local family policy council ally, please take this opportunity to do so. The men and women who lead these ministries are at times at your state’s capitol till 3AM monitoring bills and hearings—fighting against bad policies and tirelessly advancing truth. They work to educate and engage the churches in your state so that the believers can restore their role as cultural leaders, shining lights, in your state. And, they work to help identify godly men and women to serve as elected leaders in your state.

Find the ministry that serves your state here and take a moment to sign up for their alerts so that you’ll be notified when the latest prolife policies, or a bad policy that would advance the transgender agenda at the expense of women’s safety and our religious freedom, are happening in your state.

Together, we can see a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.