The battle for the soul of the nation—I came across this phrase the other day, and I instantly clicked on the link, expecting to read something profound and deeply spiritual. Imagine my disappointment when I realized it was only the slogan for the Biden/Harris presidential campaign.
This did get me thinking, though. There is indeed a battle for the souls in our nation. And it is inherently deeply spiritual—not political—though we certainly see it playing out in the political arena.
Our spiritual enemy is very real and exists to spread darkness over light, master lies over truth, sow seeds of discord instead of peace, create confusion where there was once clarity, burn to ash what was once beautiful, gleefully seize upon disunity in place of unity, declare what is wrong right, enslave those who were free, and seek death over life. We all see this in our own lives and in the nation as a whole.
But as the family of Christ, we already know the end of the story—this enemy is defeated. Christ has already won the spiritual battle through His perfect life, death, and resurrection. He is Light, Truth and the Prince of Peace. He is a God of order and wisdom who trades ashes for beauty. He calls us to be one in Him, and only He has the authority to declare what is right. He sets captives free. And, He has defeated death once and for all, for all of us who trust in Him.
Biden and Harris have it wrong—the spiritual battle has already been won, and that certainly wasn’t the work of any political leader.
But in one sense, they’re also right. As the spiritual battle plays out in the political arena in 2020, there are real battle lines and completely divergent beliefs held by the candidates that could lead our country in very different directions.
There is truth vs. lies
One side of the political debate believes that a boy or man who says he feels like a girl can be a girl—and that he can take girls’ spots on their sports teams or share their showers with them at school. They call those who disagree “bigots” or “haters.” But the truth is, no matter how many hormones he takes or life-altering surgeries he has, a man cannot be a girl. And a man cannot become a girl no matter how many politicians declare it to be so. So, on election day, will we stand for the truth, or for a mountain of lies?
There is right vs. wrong
One side of the political debate believes that children should not be free to pray or express their Christian beliefs in school. This same side believes that healthcare professionals should be forced to participate in abortions or “gender transition surgeries” even on children—regardless of whether the procedure is in the child’s best interest or against the professional’s faith. Yet, for a believer, prayer is like breathing, and our obedience to God’s Word must come before any politician’s agenda. On November 3rd, will we pursue right or wrong?
There is freedom vs. captivity
One side of the political debate works hard to hold men and women captive to a sexual agenda that only leads to physical brokenness, mental and emotional anguish, and damaged relationships. Just ask our friend James Shupe who became the nation’s first legally-declared “non-binary man,” and has now found real freedom in Christ alone. Political decisions have real consequences in real lives. For the sake of our neighbor, I pray we choose freedom over captivity on election day.
There is life vs. death
And of course, one side of the political debate praises death as a “choice,” adding their stamp of approval as lives made in the image of God are destroyed in the womb. Political leaders truly hold life and death in their hands as they make decisions that further the devastation of Roe v. Wade or pass laws that save as many lives as possible. Even worse, Kamala Harris believes every state in the nation should get her “permission” to pass a pro-life law. For me, this decision is clearest of all. On November 3rd, I will choose life over death up and down the ticket.
As we prepare to vote this year, I pray you rejoice with Family Policy Alliance® that the spiritual battle has been won! We do not have to trust in or rely upon any political leader to defeat evil, “save the nation,” or save souls.
But I also pray that we recognize the battle lines that do have spiritual implications for ourselves and our American neighbors we are called to love. So when we vote, let us not vote for any particular political leader, but let us vote for truth, right, freedom and life.
For citizenship worthy of the Gospel of Christ,
Vice President of Strategy
Politics is often considered a dirty word. To be honest, before I became involved with Family Policy Alliance, I shared some of that impression. Why would a Christian want to be involved in the business of potentially selling out one’s morals in the pursuit of political gains, whatever those might be? It would seem to be a game best suited to narcissists and those with less-than-pure intentions. But all is not what it seems.
I would argue that politics, like all of life, can and should be redeemed by the power of Christ. It is His indwelling of the Spirit that makes all things new, including politics. As Christians, we are called to transform all of life, including politics. So, what is your mission and duty in this regard?
Daniel 32:11 states, “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action”. Notice the second part – our faith must issue into action. James wrote an entire book of the Bible declaring that faith without works is dead, underscoring the need to act out our faith in everyday life [e.g., James 2:14-26]. To further underscore this need to act on our faith, one need look no further than eminent theologians such as John Calvin or Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the latter dying for his beliefs concerning this engagement. In short, the confession of our faith must be the starting point for political action; if we confess Christ, we can do no other.
So how must one engage? While there are several ways for Christians to engage in politics, they ultimately succeed or fail on the level of involvement and commitment of Christians in the movement. Here in our state, examples might include testifying before legislative bodies, becoming involved in campaigns of Christian candidates, or activism such as marching or holding rallies supporting Christian points of view. But what if you don’t have the time?
That is where Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® comes in. We have the mission and passion to speak and act on your behalf, defending and advancing biblical values in the political sphere. Last legislative session we testified before committees over 26 times, were able to successfully win 70% of all the bills we lobbied for (this is a high percentage), spoke to a huge number of our 141 state legislators on a regular basis, and helped elect seven candidates to positions at the state and national levels (e.g., Senator Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong). And we’re going to do it again.
We have been working with candidates on this upcoming election, preparing bills for the next legislative session, and speaking to churches and groups about engaging in the political process. We are there when you can’t be.
If this is valuable to you, won’t you consider helping us in three key ways? First, pray for our efforts – all our work is for naught if not lifted up in prayer.
Second, when we send out Action Alerts during the legislative session, please respond. They are effective and I have heard firsthand statements by legislators that their views were influenced by the significant influxes of emails and phone calls on an issue.
Finally, please consider supporting us financially. We exist solely through the gifts of ministry partners such as yourself. We have elections and the 2021 legislative session coming up – our two most intensive work times, and we could really use your support.
As Christians, engagement in politics is nonoptional. How we engage is up to us. We would be honored if you would entrust us with representing you and your biblical values. Thank you for acting on your faith in the political arena, and for fulfilling God’s calling on your life in this important way.
President and Executive Director
An online article recently asserted that atheists are the most politically active among all religious classifications in America.
Surprised, I looked it over – and sure enough, they had good data to back up the claim. For example, more than 40 percent of atheists had contacted a public official in the previous year, and nearly that many had donated money to a political candidate. That’s more than any other religious group and almost double that of evangelicals. Even accounting for other factors like education, the trend held.
In decades past, such numbers would have been culturally irrelevant, as atheists comprised such a small percentage of the American public. But their numbers are growing quickly. Combined with agnostics (who had similar numbers on political engagement), they now account for 11.4 percent of the population.
On one hand, perhaps it’s not surprising that atheists and agnostics are so involved in politics. After all, their only “kingdom” is this world. Without the good news of the Gospel, it’s natural that many of them put their hope in human constructs.
But for the Church, these numbers are a cause for concern. While it’s true that our hope is not in this world, it is precisely because of our heavenly minded “Kingdom perspective“ that we should be most engaged on behalf of the people around us.
After all, God established government as a means of “macro ministry“ to ensure that people have the best chance to thrive (Prov. 29:2) and to live in peace (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
Over the centuries, Christians have been deeply engaged in the policies of society – from stopping infanticide in the Roman Empire to ending slavery in the Western world. In America’s system of government, we arguably have an even greater responsibility to engage, as we choose the very leaders who make the decisions.
Thankfully, at Family Policy Alliance, we get to see examples every day of Christians engaging to make a difference – working to save lives, to protect kids from destructive ideas in schools, to counteract the lies of transgenderism, and so much more.
So thank you for being engaged on behalf of your fellow citizens. And thank you for your prayers and support that keep Family Policy Alliance® working to advance biblical citizenship throughout this nation.
One of the deepest questions ever asked is “Why?”
I remember when my children were just learning to talk, the most common question was Why, daddy? Try explaining Jell-O to a toddler and you will soon learn just how inexhaustible the question “Why?” can be! But, asking yourself “Why?” is possibly the most important question toward true discovery of your personal motivation.
Recently, I was fortunate to be able to attend Family Policy Foundation’s® Statesmen Academy ℠—a week of intensive training for rising Christian policymakers from across the nation.
At one of these training sessions, a group facilitator asked the statesmen the question “Why?” “Why do you do have a desire to be in policy or politics?” Many answers were given such as the preservation of life, returning the nation to its founding principles, and protecting the family. They were all good answers, but they still left the underlying question, “Why?” just out of reach.
I’ve been turning that meaning over for several days and I have to admit that my “Why?” was very personal.
As a father, pastor, and legislator, I discovered a lot of my answers to “Why?” centered around my family. Several years ago, my wife and I were blessed with the privilege of adopting three wonderful children. The bouncing enthusiasm that fills our home, the endless questions and stories spoken at full volume have brought a longing I wouldn’t have been able to understand before they came into our lives. I want these precious children to thrive.
I have always believed that we should preserve for the next generation what we received from the previous–but nothing has made that thought clearer to me than my three children.
I want my children to live in a state and nation where they can live without fear that they might lose their business or be fired for their faith. I desire a state where parents, not schools, are the guardians of children and schools are the servants of the family. A world where they can go to a school and be taught truth rather than having teachers hypersexualize their minds and teach them lies that tear at the core of their identity. I desire a world in which life is cherished and seen as a precious miracle of God. Where babies are little people and the wisdom of the elderly is not euthanized because a government bureaucrat says they’ve outlived their usefulness in society. My “Why?” is my children.
Why do I want such a world for my children? Well, in a world where life is cherished, and the mind is free to receive truth, the greatest opportunity to pursue true happiness can be found.
Perhaps, our founders were motivated by the same “Why?” when they formed this country. Are you?
If you are, join me to help launch Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® to advance biblical citizenship and equip and elect statesmen, so that God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
Director of Advocacy – Wyoming
Last night, anger in Atlanta prevailed… anger at the President, anger at the Governor, anger at the business community, and anger at anyone who holds pro-faith, pro-family and pro-life positions—that’s YOU! I’m talking about the Democratic Presidential debate that descended on the Peach State.
But with all that rancor; one thing was clearly missing… solutions! And, when you are a leftist and can’t communicate concrete solutions—the only solution is socialism!
Higher taxes; free college; student loan forgiveness; $2,000 a month for childcare; and a constitutional right to abortion. The Democrat Party is now the party of death, sex and payouts.
Is Georgia ready to accept this?
The Left certainly thinks so. After the debate, the candidates scurried about Atlanta trying to court groups and make the case that they and their radical ideas are best suited to win Georgia in 2020. We can’t let this happen!
Stacey Abrams—who was deified by the debaters—is marshaling outside groups, raising special interest money and making the case to all who will listen that Georgia is ripe for a flip. Yet, as I’ve travelled the state recently with my colleague, Cole Muzio, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, I got an entirely different sense.
That’s because of you and many like you across the Peach State. Because of you, I see a state on the rise—one bursting with optimism and pride, and where the family and Christian values so necessary for flourishing communities are being advanced by the Governor and state leadership.
Despite the liberal media’s angry rants and the actions of the candidates themselves, I see hope. However, hope only happens if you and Georgians across the state continue to stand firm and take action (Dan. 11:32).
You see, Georgia truly is ground zero in the battle for the White House and critical for the future make-up of the federal courts and Supreme Court. Georgia is the only state with two Senate seats on the ballot, two of the nation’s tightest congressional seats, and a full slate of state legislative elections. Georgia could literally determine the future of our nation for decades to come!
That’s why I am asking you right now to support Cole Muzio and Family Policy Alliance of Georgia with your most generous gift. Just $25, $250, or $1,000 today could make all the difference!
If Wednesday night’s debate displayed anything it displayed this—in a postmodern generation, anything can be true as long as you say it well. You know better! Please support Family Policy Alliance of Georgia today.
Standing with the family in Georgia,
President & CEO
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
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.
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
This week, we celebrated the epic pro-life victories this year and planned for the future with the “Together for Life” event sponsored by Congressman Jody Hice.
There is much cause for praise because of what He has done for life this year – using our ministry, other allies, and strong leaders we helped elect. But, there is also much work to be done.
Our mission statement isn’t just for a Georgia where we pass pro-life laws. It’s not for a Georgia where we have less abortions than elsewhere. It’s for a Georgia where life – ALL life – is cherished and recognized for what it is: wonderfully made and cherished by the Creator.
We are just getting started and there are plenty of ways you can partner with us:
- Bring us in to speak to your church or group to share about what a Georgia where life is cherished looks like
- Do your part to spread the message – including liking and sharing our Facebook content.
- Consider a generous, tax deductible gift to Family Policy Foundation to further our education and training efforts.
- There is still much work to do under the Gold Dome. Respond now to learn more about how you can join us at the Capitol to advocate for pro-life policies like adoption and foster care reform, abortion pill reversal, parental rights in healthcare decisions – all supported legislation by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia for the 2020 session.
- Consider a generous contribution to fund our lobbying and mobilization operation.
- We are looking to EXPAND the pro-life majority by winning at the ballot box in 2020. Help us recruit candidates to defeat those who stood against life.
- Knock on doors and find other ways to support FPA endorsed pro-life candidates.
- Consider a generous contribution to fund the largest ever pro-life election effort in Georgia.
There is much work to be done, but we are honored to have you partnering with us. Together, we can forge a Georgia where life is truly cherished!
President and Executive Director
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
Stacey Abrams is going to California… again.
While I would love to see her save on the constant airfare to the state and opt to just move there instead, she’s going with a particular agenda – she wants to raise Hollywood money to undermine the Heartbeat Bill.
Here’s Stacey’s pitch: give her and her network of allied organizations (which, by the way, are under investigation for coordination and illegal use of funds) a blank check to attack pro-life legislators ahead of 2020, run an illegal voting mill operation, and allow her to run a coordinated, secretive campaign against Governor Kemp ahead of 2022.
In short, she wants Hollywood execs to give her money so she can turn Georgia into California.
My friends, as much as I want her to, Stacey Abrams isn’t going away. She won’t go quietly, and neither will her deep-pocketed pro-abortion California friends. Her meeting on June 11 with Hollywood types – along with NARAL Pro Choice (pro-abortion) America president Ilyse Hogue – is just the beginning of Round 2 of Stacey’s War on Georgia Values.
So, how will Georgians respond? Will our state respond with a fervor to match and exceed the energy on the Left? Do you care as much about Protecting Georgia Values as Stacey and her friends care about Turning Georgia into California?
Here’s my request:
- Help us spread this message by sending this email to 5 friends and ask them to sign up to receive our emails
- Consider making a donation of $10, $50, $100, $250, or more today to protect our state from a Hollywood Takeover
- Share our Facebook page with your contacts to keep people updated on the latest efforts for life, religious freedom, and school choice
Stacey’s making her pitch to Hollywood, San Francisco, and New York – a pitch for them to give millions so she and her allied leftists can remake Georgia in the image of California. My pitch to you is our organization’s theme verse: “but the people who know their God will stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32b).
Will you take action with me?
President and Executive Director
Nehemiah was cup bearer to the king (Neh. 1:11).
This understated description of Nehemiah’s role, found at the end of Chapter 1 in the book that bears his name, sets the stage for an amazing God-given assignment: to rebuild the broken-down wall and the burned-out gates of Jerusalem, which left the Israelites unprotected, exposed and at the mercy of local despots.
Because of his proximity to, and his favor with king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah was given permission by the king to leave his service, return to the land of his ancestors and lead the project to rebuild the wall. No doubt, you know the rest of the story of Nehemiah’s wise leadership to rally the downtrodden Israelites to the difficult work. “Each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other” (Neh. 4:17)—to build their assigned section and, at the same time, defend against marauders who would destroy their effort.
To achieve his mission, Nehemiah had to build a first wall. A wall before any stone was ever laid. That first wall… was the people themselves!
Nehemiah understood well that in order for the job to be completed, the people themselves would first need to stand firm against the opposition and take action to restore the wall and their freedom.
Can we draw a parallel to our times today? Of course, we can.
If we want to restore our nation to one where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished, the people who know their God must stand firm and take action today (Dan. 11:32)!
We must be the first wall!
Unfortunately, cracks in our own wall are evident today. Two recent and personal examples give evidence to this:
First, a ministry partner from a heartland state reached out to us to launch an effective state-based organization to advance family values, stand firm against the progressive agenda and allow the Gospel to be proclaimed. To this end, he wanted to host an informational event in a room at his church and have me come to speak about cultural issues and their impact on the family. When he sought permission, the church administration told us, “We choose not to allow our building to be used for any activity or event that is construed as political.”
When we explained we were only going to speak on the issues found in God’s Word, we received no further response to our request. Instead, we must hold the event at a local restaurant and invite the same people.
In other words, this evangelical church silenced biblical speech on the issues impacting their own people in their own community! This is the same treatment many students face at universities when a conservative is invited to campus to speak on the issues.
A second example has to do with a Christian movie we were promoting across our alliance of now 40+ states. Through a friend, I had the opportunity to connect with a Christian actor from the movie and ask if they would be willing to do a short video to engage our ministry friends about a policy issue tied to what was depicted in the movie—which would have promoted the movie itself even more. Initially, the actor agreed to do it. Yet after several delays and repeated inquiries, the actor finally responded that, “they had a long discussion with their agent” and they “feel it is not in their career’s best interest to be tie[d] to politics.”
Our own wall is in need of repair.
I was recently asked by a friend, “what’s the biggest challenge you face in your role in promoting family values across the nation?” My response was straightforward: “fear, apathy and lack of biblical understanding in the church.” I can understand the apprehensions that many of us feel when we engage on issues that are misunderstood or even seen as divisive. But as Christ-followers, we are called to do nothing less. We must speak out in grace and truth.
That’s why Family Policy Alliance must unleash biblical citizenship within the church in order to be effective in training and electing Statesmen, engaging in elections nationwide, building a strong state-based alliance and promoting pro-family policy. We must rebuild the first wall…the wall called the Church in order to rebuild the wall in the law and our culture.
Your continued support helps your Family Policy Alliance and our state-allies to engage their local Christian community with sound biblical Truth on the issues as well as promote biblical ways to stand firm and act. Thank you for allowing us to stand as Nehemiah did…to rally the church to be the first wall.
Standing, as part of the wall, with the family of believers,
President & CEO