I will be headed to Washington D.C. this weekend to be a part of ‘THE RETURN,’ a Prayer Walk from the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial. Many Christian leaders will be there. Go to TheReturn.org and you can be a part of it also. The theme… ‘We have strayed away from God, let us RETURN to Him.’ There could not be a better time for this prayer gathering!

Exactly two years ago the Brett Kavanaugh hearings took place to fill a vacant seat on the court and it was a trying time for our nation. It feels like déjà vu! This appointment will be certain to spark conflict across America and we will need the peace of God to get us through it.

We can agree with President Trump who said, “without a doubt, Justice Ginsburg was an amazing woman.” And it is true. She had tireless energy despite her age and frailty.  She was the heroine of young feminist and affectionally known as ‘RGB’.  Writing for Heritage Foundation, Elizabeth Slattery said… “Ginsburg was a formidable force, a feminist trailblazer who inspired women across the ideological spectrum, and a towering individual–despite her diminutive stature who commanded respect and admiration from all who knew her.”

Unfortunately, that energy was most often for things that followers of Christ could not support.  Justice Ginsburg left a liberal legacy of support for abortion and the LGBTQ agenda. She also supported an over-reach of judicial power and believed in a living, evolving Constitution that needed to change with the times.

President Trump indicated that he will announce his Supreme Court Nominee this Saturday at the White House, and according to multiple sources, there are three women at the top of his shortlist.

Meet Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated top of her class at Notre Dame Law School and clerked for the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Barrett is a devout Catholic and a married mother of seven children (2 adopted).

Meet Federal Judge Barbara Lagoa. Judge Lagoa currently sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and prior to joining the federal bench, she was the first Hispanic woman to sit on the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Lagoa is a devout Catholic and the married mother of three children.

Meet Judge Allison Jones Rushing. Judge Rushing sits on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and previously clerked for Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. Judge Rushing is also a devout Catholic and the married mother of one child. At age 38, she would be the youngest confirmed Justice since the early 1800s.

For those committed to the pro-life cause, all are social conservatives. This nomination represents perhaps the most significant opportunity in our history since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Some legal scholars suggest that one more conservative Supreme Court Justice may finally pave the way for the Court to overturn Roe and thus, overturn one of the gravest human injustices in American history. Since 1973, abortion has claimed the lives of 71 million babies in the U.S. That is more than the populations of Canada and Australia combined.

Family Policy Alliance® is working across the nation during this election season to make America a nation where God is Honored, Religious Liberty Flourishes, Families Thrive and Life is Cherished. Please consider becoming a monthly partner with us here in RI with your donation.

For life,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

“Vanishing Vows” was the title of a recent article in Christianity Today that underscored the decline of marriage around the world.  “Family Life” articles always draw my attention because that it is where we live: we are all part of a family. For some, that has been a good experience and for others, not so good.  As a pastor I came to realize early on that healthy families make for a healthy church. Staying healthy as a family is a lot of work but the bottom line is that family health is key to so many aspects of life and culture as a nation.

The subtitle to the article was, “Can the Church save what is left of marriage?”  Yes, it can, but the Church must be free and unencumbered by government to do that.  Many of our Founding Fathers came to America, seeking religious freedom to raise their families according to their values, free of government control. But, that has changed and without realizing it we often elect lawmakers who make ungodly laws that restrict parents and even persecute Christians for abiding by biblical values. So, your vote – and who you vote for – is very important!

America still chooses leaders democratically and you can do more than you think.  Make sure you and your fellow church members are registered to vote.  Our country has a crisis of low voter turnout and Christian voter turnout is no exception to this. It is estimated that over 25 million Christians did not vote in the 2016 election, and an estimated 15 million Christians are not even registered to vote.

While there is no verse in the Bible which states, “thou shall vote,” God’s Word does challenge us as followers of Christ to influence our communities for our own good and, more importantly, for the good of others (Jeremiah 29:7; Galatians 6:10). We can do that in part by voting – not principally as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or Independents – but as Christians.

This November, we have the opportunity to elect leaders — from the White House in D.C., to the State House in Providence — who will determine our future on critical issues including protecting babies in the womb, preserving our First Amendment rights, strengthening the family, and extending care and compassion to those in need.
Here are the steps you need to take.

  1. Compare party platforms with an eye for Christian values. You can do this here.
  1. Visit our voter registration webpage to make sure you are registered to vote, then share the link with friends and family members.

Lastly, and most importantly, PRAY that we can return Rhode Island to a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.  This is the mission of Family Policy Alliance, and the mission that you participate in when through your generous gifts.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

The obvious answer is, “To Get a Good Education.” But is that what our children are getting in today’s public schools?

Mary Ellen Siegler of Massachusetts Family Institute began a Facebook Group called Massachusetts Informed Parents. The group, which brings awareness to the push for “comprehensive sex education,”  has grown exponentially because moms and dads are finding out that public school curriculum is often a “Trojan Horse” for ideologies to which most parents would strongly object and which are harmful to children and youth. Mary Ellen’s most recent post highlighted the dangerous days on many public school calendars meant to promote a radical sexual ideology. These celebratory days are not the ones you or I celebrated in school growing up!

Parents, be sure to check if any of these days are on your child’s school calendar (Click on the image to the right to get a larger printable version of this list)::

If you’re concerned that public school is not a good option for your child – whether because of COVID confusion or because of the radical ideologies taught in school – it might be a good time to think about alternatives like homeschooling or a Christian school. Below is a list of some of the Christian schools in Rhode Island you might consider. While we don’t specifically  endorse these schools – and you should find out if there are other good Christian schools in your area – hopefully this list can help you start your hunt! The costs range from $2,500 to $15,000.

North Stonington Christian Academy

West Bay Christian Academy

Barrington Christian Academy

Dayspring Christian Academy

Seekonk Christian Academy

New Hope Christian Academy

Catholic Schools in Rhode Island

Family Policy Alliance® is here to help you when your faith and family values are threatened.  We are working with legislators so that Rhode Island can once again be a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.  Our fiscal year ends September 30th and we are still short of our goal of $50,000 for our first year. Please consider a generous gift to help us continue fighting for you in Rhode Island. If you are interested in donating, signing up for this newsletter, or inviting me to speak at your church or small group, check out our new web page: Unleashing Biblical Citizenship in Rhode Island.

Family Policy Alliance would like to respond to the dangers of Comprehensive Sex Education in Rhode Island public schools by beginning a RI Informed Parents Facebook Group.  If this is something you would like to see happen and would join please respond by email to dave.aucoin@familypolicyalliance.com.

Thank you for standing with us in our fight to protect faith and family in our state!

Working for you and with you,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

If you’re a parent, be on guard for the latest “woke” trend affecting your children.

I recently received a call from a Barrington mom who was shocked by an email she received from the Barrington School Superintendent.  The subject line read “Must-Read Books for Elementary Students that Give Visibility to LGBTQ+ Characters and History.” The email included book lists for both elementary students and teenagers.

I checked on the titles and all those must-read books were banned for being inappropriate at one time or another in different states! These books are dangerous for children, as they influence the way they think and the choices they make – including them toward a radical transgender ideology. Choices have consequences at any age, especially when it comes to decisions about sexuality and morals.

And the “woke” choice to pursue transgenderism has life-altering effects that parents need to be “woken” up to!

There is a Transgender Craze seducing young girls at an alarming rate according to Abigail Shrier. Her book Irreversible Damage has “woke” many parents to realize that their daughters are at risk.  She makes moms aware that whole groups of female friends in middle schools and high schools are coming out as transgender.  In her words, “Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters enthralled with hip transgender YouTube stars and gender affirming educators and therapists who push life changing interventions on young girls – including medically unnecessary double-mastectomies and puberty blockers that cause permanent infertility.”

It is no wonder that many of these books were initially banned in other states. Books encouraging children toward this ideology are dangerous!

This is a radical ideology invading the public schools and masquerading as “education.” Parents are responsible for teaching their children about sex and morals, not the schools.  The consequences are just too great. If you agree, please contact the Barrington School Superintendent, Michael B. Messore, III, 401-245-5000 x 1 or email him at  messorem@barringtonschools.org.

On a related note, elections are almost here. The people we have in public office can have a great influence on our schools and more!

Wondering why else you should vote? Watch this 2-minute video.

Voting your values is key. If you’re looking for a place to start when identifying pro-family candidates, take a look at  Right 2 Life’s online Action Center. You’ll find a bipartisan list of pro-life candidates there. While Family Policy Alliance® does not endorse this list, it may provide you a helpful starting place!

Special note: Progressive Tiara Mack is challenging Sen. Harold Metts who has been one of the strongest pro-life voices in the General Assembly. Mack worked for Planned Parenthood and is a leading voice for the LGBT ideology. Please pray for Senator Metts and his continued presence in the Rhode Island legislature.

Above all, research the candidates and let your light shine by Voting your Values! Now is the time for the Christ follower to be ‘WOKE’…  “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:13-14

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

P.S. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts in Rhode Island during these challenging times. To give online click HERE.

“Elections have consequences.” My friend Barth Bracey from RI Right to Life is prone to say this often. You’re not just voting for a person: you’re voting for the policies that person will help make. In Rhode Island, I’m sad to report that many of our elected officials are passing legislation that is devastating for life, families, and religious freedom.

Yet in spite of this, many Rhode Islanders (including those in churches) are unaware of these dangerous laws. Here are a few recent bad laws to know about – and what you can do to start changing the tide!

The Conversion Therapy Ban was passed in August of 2017 after a hard push for it by the LGBTQ lobby. While radical activists like to use the term “conversion therapy” as a negative and scary term, “conversion” therapy as they describe it is not a real accepted form of therapy today. Instead, what this bill (very sadly) bans is talk therapy aimed at helping people overcome unwanted feelings about their body or sexual attractions. For people who want to work through these feelings, such therapy can be very helpful. Yet, this law outlaws such therapy for children and adolescents younger than 18.

RI’s Extreme Abortion Bill was passed in June of 2019 by elected officials, and was especially pushed by Representatives Anastasia P. Williams, Edith Ajello, Senator Gayle Goldin and Senate Judiciary Chair Erin Lynch Prata. Senate President Dominick Ruggiero and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello brought this bill to a vote even though it had been tabled twice. The barbaric bill removed any abortion restrictions right up to birth. Ultimately, even once a baby is born, allowing it to live is not treated as a fundamental right but as a decision between the mother and the doctor.

The Uniform Parentage Act passed last month, pushed through by radical activists who used it to redefine “parenthood.” It creates a path to legal parental rights beyond natural or adoptive parenthood to include LGBTQIA+ and even surrogacy. It erases the basic understanding of what it means to be a mom or dad.

These are just a few of the many dangerous proposals (and actual laws) we’ve seen in our state. Every one of those decisions was made by a body of individual people chosen in an election.

What can you do to change the tide?

Get out and VOTE! Rhode Island primaries are September 8th.  Voting places and info for registering can be found here. Not sure who to vote for? This list of pro-life candidates can be a good starting place: while being pro-life does not guarantee family values across the board, it is often a good indicator in the absence of other information. Please note the listed candidates are not endorsed by Family Policy Alliance, and the list should be only used as a general guideline and starting point for your own research.

Want to learn more about voting or share this message with your friends? Please post and forward this video that highlights the importance of participating in elections. Voting gives us the power to change our state and ultimately, our nation.

Thank you in advance for sharing! In today’s climate, it’s more important than ever that believers know what’s going on and what they can do about it.

As we pray for the future of Rhode Island and our nation, voting is an important act of faith toward a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

 

P.S. We are currently $15,000 short of our goal of $50,000 for our fiscal year that ends on September 30. Would you consider a sacrificial gift to help us meet our goal?

The nuclear family: dad, mom, kids. It’s a key concept in Western society and it’s founded on the principle of mom and dad – your biological or adoptive mom and dad – as your “parents.”

But as of last week, Rhode Island has decided to redefine the conception of “parenthood,” with it disrupting our concept of the family.

Our Governor just signed the “Uniform Parentage Act” into law and in doing so said that Rhode Island’s parentage laws were “outdated” and failed to recognize the diversity of modern families.

This Act spells out the vision of radical activists to redefine “parenthood” in a way that reads more like science fiction. It creates a path to legal parental rights beyond natural or adoptive parenthood to include LGBTQIA+ and even surrogacy. This new law reduces “parenthood” to a contract about a child, erasing the basic understanding of what it means to be a mom or dad. The family in Rhode Island has been re-defined just as marriage was re-defined.

Rhode Island lawmakers are not the only ones re-defining the family. While the Black Lives Matter organization rightly advocates for racial equality, it has also put forward a modern Marxist view of family, saying:

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable. We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from… the belief that all in the world are heterosexual.”

At times it may feel that the assault on the family, COVID-19 and the violent riots are too much to overcome. Psalm 42:5 describes those same thoughts: Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” But the psalmist doesn’t stop there. He goes on in faith, “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” It’s OK to be disturbed by what’s happening – but as Christians we can’t stay there. Here are two things we can do in the face of these challenging times.

1. Pray!

Every Tuesday morning a group of about 25 mostly young adults are doing just that here in Rhode Island.

For quite a while now, they have been meeting on Tuesdays from 8 – 8:30 AM, to just simply pray quietly (individually or as a group), no spectacle or pomp. Julius Hoff began this effort. Julius is the Awakening Church Campus Director for Providence and he likens it to a movement. You can follow them on Facebook at #kneeltogether. I attended this weekly gathering and was encouraged by it. I’d encourage pastors to participate, even once a month, to add your support. Others can pray during that time at home or work.

Now more than ever, Rhode Island needs this time of prayer. It may be difficult to watch what’s happening in our country, but that Tuesday prayer meeting jogged my memory about the Great Layman’s Prayer Revival of 1857-1858. Each “Great Awakening” in America was preceded by prayer. Perhaps this is the time for our next Great Awakening?

2. Take action by supporting Family Policy Alliance.

While we move forward through this new season of American life with prayer, we also move forward with the knowledge that God uses his people to bring about change in their culture.

That’s why more than ever, Rhode Island needs Family Policy Alliance. We are working to bring your values to our government – no matter how hard it gets.

To do that, though, we do rely on the sacrificial gifts of believers who share our vision of a nation where God is honored, families thrive, life is cherished, and religious freedom flourishes. Do you share that vision? And if so, would you consider a monthly gift to help us make it a reality?

If you want to support us financially, ask me to speak to your church or event, or help friends sign up for this newsletter, please check out Unleashing Biblical Citizenship in Rhode Island. We’re excited about this new webpage!

Steadfastly,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

P.S. Our partner, ADF Church Alliance, is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 4 at 2PM ET to cover these critical rulings and provide you with clear analysis about what they mean for churches and ministries across America.

During this webinar, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of ADF attorneys about what the Court said in recent rulings, how these decisions can impact people of faith, and ways churches and ministries across America can better protect their religious freedom.

We encourage you to attend and get practical insight into recent Supreme Court rulings and how they affect churches and ministries across America. Please register HERE.

The return to school this fall will prove to be challenging in many ways because of COVID-19.  Both Rhode Island and Massachusetts schools do not yet have a clear plan.  What we do know is that it will probably vary by city and COVID status.

But the physical health of our children should not be the only thing to factor into your decision of where to send your child to school.

Increasingly our schools are giving our children an education that is void of moral and ethical values – and especially Christian values. There is a strong LGBTQ lobby in our state pushing for these sorts of initiatives. For example, many Rhode Island schools are using a comprehensive sex education curriculum (CSE) that certainly does not convey the moral values you want your child to learn.

Parents with children in a school teaching CSE – or an area implementing other radical policies – may have to ask themselves some hard questions. Should young children be taught to challenge gender stereotypes? Should public school districts have policies preventing school staff from disclosing to parents any information related to their child’s gender identity? Should students have unfettered access to the bathroom, locker room, or changing facility based on their gender identity and not their biological sex? Should schools provide information to students about how to access an abortion?

The LGBT lobby has an agenda to capture the minds of our youngest children, and CSE is one way they can do it. It’s happened already in California.

Our friends at California Family Council wrote recently that “Looking at the data by age, nearly 16% of 18 to 24-year-olds identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or something else, as did more than 10% of 25 to 34-year-olds. Among high schoolers, more than 1/10th of every large racial and ethnic group identified themselves as a sexual minority by identity or behavior in a recent survey. And, nearly 30% of CA young people are confused about their gender. California mandated Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) to be taught in their schools several years ago and we are seeing the results.”

Of course, there may be other factors at play for many of those children – but there is no denying that children and youth are impressionable.

Perhaps you or other parents are concerned by this prognosis and feel it’s time to pursue Christian education for your children. If you are looking for Christian schools in Rhode Island, below are some options to jumpstart your search*. The costs range from $2,500 to $15,000.

North Stonington Christian Academy

West Bay Christian Academy

Barrington Christian Academy

Dayspring Christian Academy

Seekonk Christian Academy

New Hope Christian Academy

Catholic Schools in Rhode Island

We understand that some may not be in the financial position to make this change for their children. That’s why it is so vital that we begin to move toward school choice options that will enable families to send their children to schools that perform better or better align with their values  — without breaking the bank to do so.

Romans 10:28 says that “the Lord is able to work all things together for our good.” All things – including COVID-19.

As school is in flux this year due to COVID-19, it seems the Lord may have provided a perfect time to pave the way for school choice options! Educational freedom is something we are fighting for at Family Policy Alliance, and we hope to maximize the opportunity the Lord has given us to fight for this opportunity in COVID-19.

As we fight for families in the education sphere and beyond, would you prayerfully consider partnering with us? Our goal is $50k by September 30th, the end of our fiscal year and we need $15,359 to reach it. Would you prayerfully consider helping us reach our goal?

*Disclaimer: This not an exhaustive list of Christian schools in Rhode Island. The mention of educational institutions in this article does not indicate an official endorsement of those institutions by Family Policy Alliance.

Gratefully,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

 

*Disclaimer: This not an exhaustive list of Christian schools in Rhode Island. The mention of educational institutions in this article does not indicate an official endorsement of those institutions by Family Policy Alliance®.

Courts, and the judges that serve on them, matter immensely. This fact has been in the spotlight over the last few weeks as the Supreme Court goes through its 2020 term.

The Bostock decision in particular – which defines “sex discrimination” as including gay and transgender status – is nothing short of a rejection of reality, not to mention Christian teaching and traditional moral values.

I spoke with Dr. Michelle Cretella, M.D., Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians and a Rhode Island resident. She agreed with strong words, noting that the Bostock decision expects us to “speak and behave as though people are whoever or whatever they claim to be irrespective of the facts.”

This demonstrates the importance of appointing justices with traditional values – an opportunity before us right now in Rhode Island as we have a vacancy on our state Supreme Court.

Governor Raimondo is pushing for Rhode Island state Senator Erin Lynch Prada to fill the vacancy. If Senator Prada were appointed, that would violate a state law requiring legislators to delay one year before being appointed. Moreover, Senator Prada’s voting record has been consistently pro-abortion and opposed to traditional family values. This is not what RI needs!

A better choice might be e Dennis Coleman. Since the establishment of our state’s high court 350 years ago, no person of color has ever served. Now, legislators and minority leaders have been calling for the vacancy to be filled by a person of color. Dennis Coleman would be the first person of color on the court – and he has the experience to do the job. Coleman leads a nationwide practice at one of the top law firms in Boston – Ropes & Gray. He also represents Tony Dungy, former head coach of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. He has deep RI roots as a star quarterback at Brown University in the 70’s.

Maybe it’s time and with God’s help we will see a person of color as well as character on the RI Supreme Court. Let’s pray together to that end.

Finally, a quick update: in my last newsletter, I let you know that we need $20,000 by September 30. Thanks to those of you who gave, we are nearly a quarter of the way there! If you haven’t given yet, would you consider a sacrificial gift to help us meet our goal and keep fighting for the family in Rhode Island? Every gift makes a difference as we fight this important culture war.

Together in the fight,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

Over Father’s Day weekend, I read from an old devotional book by Robert Strand entitled, Moments for Fathers.  It’s a compilation of short stories that reinforce what fathers are by revealing the lives of famous and everyday men. He highlights qualities that make a great father and strong families.

One of those short stories is particularly appropriate coming off of Father’s Day and preceding the “Fourth of July” because it honors the sacrifice of America’s Founding Fathers. They were fathers not only of our nation, but also of their own children – and they made significant sacrifices for the sake of both. Consider this passage from the story:

“Have you ever wondered what happened to those men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British­ as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the war of Independence, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the war.

… Such were the sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: ‘For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.’”

As Independence Day approaches this weekend, I’d encourage you to read the full story (one version is available here) and consider the incredible sacrifices the Founders made to honor and establish our freedoms.

Today, those freedoms are under attack. Some seek to undermine the faith, freedom, and family values that our founding fathers fought for so valiantly. That’s why Family Policy Alliance is working diligently to preserve and protect those freedoms!

But we can’t do so without your support. In Rhode Island, we need $20,000 to reach our goal for the fiscal year ending September 30. Would you partner with us through a generous, sacrificial gift? In light of recent Supreme Court rulings, and all that’s happening in Rhode Island and around the country, it’s more important than ever that we partner together to stand for freedom. Will you join us?

Sincerely,

Dave Aucoin

Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

As our country continues to consider how to confront racism, it seems there are many responses needed. One may be found in government action. Another is found in our own hearts – and in the work of the Church.

John Winthrop, the first Governor of Massachusetts, thought about liberty in two ways: natural and civil. Civil liberty is vertical and found in the relationship of God and man: it is the freedom to do what is good. Natural liberty is horizontal, it is man in relation to man: it is a liberty to do evil as well as good.  Winthrop said that natural liberty sets itself against God’s authority. The Latin phrase he used to elaborate was “omnes sumus licentia deteriores,” or, “too much freedom makes us all worse.”  That has become very evident in our day.

Thus, there are both positive and negative liberties. What is the key to keeping our liberties in balance? Alexis de Tocqueville called this “The Great Paradox in America.” While religion has no direct established powers over her citizens, nothing has influenced American morals and ethics more than the Christian religion. Devotion to God and to His laws were once so central to the American mind and heart that love of country was considered an expression of devotion to God. The church is so “essential” that Russel Kirk, one of the fathers of modern conservatism wrote that American society might have completely disintegrated in the middle of the 19th century had it not been held together by the cement of Christianity.

Today, though, instead of care for the church and the greater society, we are faced with Democratic despotism: a hyper-individualism in which people are concerned only about themselves and no longer consider the public good or their responsibility to contribute to it.

How far we have fallen!

The Church is the place to root our nation’s healing. “Healing” will mean loving our neighbors as ourselves, which is something Jesus clearly calls us to:

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

Legislation to end racism in America is important!  But, racism is a heart issue and laws alone won’t do it. Racism is sin and consequently needs a spiritual solution as much as it needs a legislative one. Consider the spiritual solution found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Today I spoke with Sen. Harold Metts and Sen. Jessica de la Cruz. They are inviting us to join with their churches (Congdon St. Baptist & Awakening Church) for a week of prayer and fasting Monday June 22 – Tuesday June 30. I encourage you to consider joining us and praying for the beginning of healing in our state and nation.

God will do his part – will you do yours?

Sincerely,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island