“To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”  ~1 Timothy 1:17

Sometimes when we hear about the vision of a ministry or company, we wonder what’s behind the words and if there is commitment to that vision.

You’ve heard the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho vision: “An Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished”.

Our vision is intentional. This week I want to highlight the first part of that vision.

“An Idaho Where God Is Honored”

If we look at our nation’s founding documents and those of all 50 states, we find many common declarations and acknowledgments, including a solemn recognition of God’s existence and authority in our lives.

The Declaration of Independence mentions God four times and articulates that our rights come from the Creator.  When read together, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution tell us that the peoples’ rights are divine in origin, sacred and unalienable; while government is human in origin, answerable to the people and dependent entirely on their consent.

The Preamble to our Idaho State Constitution says:

We, the people of the State of Idaho,

grateful to Almighty God for our freedom,

to secure its blessings and promote

our common welfare do establish

this Constitution.

Imagine for a moment if all our modern-day officials were motivated by these same truths and, thus, inspired to pursue only those policies that would honor God. How might this change the direction of Idaho? How might it change the very fabric of our society?

Do you wonder like I do, how our country got to the point at which we find ourselves today?

Maybe, it has something to do with the fact that we have allowed our traditions, cultures and values to be seized by those who disavow God’s existence and/or authority and who seek to expel any remnant of God-honoring principles from our government, our schools, and even our homes.

Yes, this is happening and sadly, we have in many cases allowed it to happen.

And yes, together we can change that!

At Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, we are actively working to honor God by exercising our responsibility as the people of God to “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32); to engage our culture and government; and to stand up for the Biblical values we share. We call this “unleashing citizenship” and we encourage you to become a part of this movement of change!

Are you in? If so, please forward this message to 5 friends and encourage them to sign up for our email list.

Picture this – an Idaho where “God is honored.”

Now, join us as we work diligently to transform this picture into reality!

For His glory and honor alone,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

Part 2: Illuminating an Idaho Where Religious Freedom Flourishes!

Part 3: Our Vision: An Idaho Where Families Thrive!

Part 4: Imagine…An Idaho Where Life is Cherished…

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota’s vision for our state is one where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. This week’s email is the first of a four-part series dedicated to highlighting each element of this vision, explaining how Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is helping to fulfill this vision, and discussing your role in this process. Today we examine the first part of our vision – a North Dakota where God is honored.

John Adams, one of our country’s founding fathers, stated, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Similarly, in George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, he stated. “Whereas 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…”.

John Adams and George Washington got it right. They acknowledged God’s sovereign control over the fate of people and nations, and affirmed a personal dependency on God for divine blessings and success. If we look at other of our nation’s founding documents and state constitutions, there are many similar declarations and acknowledgments of a solemn recognition of God’s existence and authority in our lives.  Our own North Dakota constitution begins, “We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain and establish this constitution.”

Imagine for a moment if all our modern-day officials were motivated by these same truths and were inspired to pursue only those policies that would honor God. How might this change the direction of North Dakota? How might it change the very fabric of our society?

North Dakota is blessed to be a state that has traditionally recognized the role of God in our affairs, both in our private and public lives. However, this can sometimes lead to complacency, and before we know it, we’ve lost our way. It is very easy to allow our traditions, cultures and values to be seized by those who disavow God’s existence and/or authority, and who seek to expel any remnant of God-honoring principles from our government, our schools, and even our homes. Yes, even in North Dakota, there are those whose mission is to undermine our vision of a state where God is honored.

At Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota, we are actively working to honor God by exercising our responsibility as the people of God to “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32); to engage our culture, business community, churches, and government; and to stand up for the biblical values we share. We call this “unleashing biblical citizenship” and we encourage you to become part of this movement of change!

Are you in? If so, please forward this message to a group of your closest friends and encourage them to sign up for our email list.

Imagine a North Dakota where God is fully honored in all facets of life. Together, we can make it a reality. Won’t you please join us as we work diligently to advance this vision? Thank you for exercising your biblical citizenship!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

Part 2: Imagine a North Dakota Where Religious Freedom Flourishes

Part 3: Our Vision: A North Dakota Where Families Thrive

Part 4: Imagine A North Dakota Where All Life is Cherished

Welcome to Part One of a series dedicated to explaining the vision of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. Today, we examine the first part of our vision – a Kansas where God is honored.

Dear Friends,

A review of our nation’s founding documents and state constitutions reveals many declarations and acknowledgments, including solemn recognition of God’s existence and authority in our lives. This fact seems to belie the notion of a secular state in which freedom of religion is guaranteed for all, a right enshrined in the First Amendment.

What does it mean to “honor God” through public policy without establishing a state religion or infringing upon the religious freedom of citizens?

Kansas’ first governor, Charles Robinson, once charged his fellow citizens:

…it is for us to choose for ourselves and for those who shall come after us, what institutions shall bless or curse our beautiful Kansas. Shall we have freedom for all our people, and consequently prosperity, or slavery for a part, and the mildew inseparable from it? Choose ye this day which ye will serve, slavery or freedom, and then be true to your choice. If slavery is best for Kansas, then choose it; but if liberty, then choose that.

…I seem to hear the millions of freemen and the millions of bondmen in our land, the millions of oppressed in other lands, the patriots and philanthropists of all countries, the spirits of the Revolutionary heroes and the voice of God, all saying to the people of Kansas, ‘Do your duty!’”

Take note of Robinson’s use of Joshua 24:15 and his invocation of the “voice of God.” Clearly, Robinson’s anti-slavery activism is inspired by his faith, but his argument is more than merely “God said so.” Robinson understands that aligning Kansas’ laws with biblical principles will lead to flourishing, while stepping outside of God’s created order will lead to ruin. In this way, the goal of public policy is not to make everyone in Kansas worships God. Instead, God is honored because the state of Kansas has aligned its policies with His ways.

Imagine for a moment if all our modern-day officials appreciated the wisdom of God’s truth, and, thus, were inspired to pursue only those policies that would honor God. How might this change the direction of Kansas? How might it change the very fabric of our society?

We are at a pivotal moment in the history of Kansas. We can allow our traditions, cultures and values to be seized by those who disavow God’s existence and authority, and seek to expel any remnant of God-honoring principles from our government and our schools, or we can reaffirm our belief that His ways are best.

At Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, we are actively working to honor God by exercising our responsibility as the people of God to “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32); to engage our culture and government; and to stand up for the Biblical values we share. We call this “unleashing citizenship” and we encourage you to become a part of this movement of change!

Are you in? If so, please forward this message to five friends and encourage them to sign up for our email list.

Picture this – a Kansas where “God is honored.” Now, join us as we work diligently to transform this picture into reality!

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

 

Part 2: Picture This: A Kansas Where Religious Freedom Flourishes

Part3: Picture This: A Kansas Where Families Thrive

Part 4: Picture This: A Kansas Where Life is Cherished

Did you realize that Jesus somehow sneaked into the U.S. Constitution? Do you know how many state Constitutions mention God?

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard answers those questions – and builds a bookshelf.

Thank you for sharing Stoplight with your friends.

After you watch the video, you can read the Pew Research Center analysis.