“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.
You may be aware of some of the things that Family Policy Alliance of Idaho does specifically in Idaho. But you may not be aware that we are partnered with a national alliance that helps make all we do happen. This alliance works in over 40 states to ensure that pro-family legislation gets passed in state legislatures across the nation.
It takes a lot of sharing of ideas, resources, and strategies to make the work that we do happen, so each summer we gather with the directors of the forty other states in our alliance to spend time learning from each other’s experience. This year the executive directors of our state allies gathered in Rome, Georgia, to discuss the progress the family policy movement has made this last year and where we want the movement to go in the future. We invited members of our national alliance, as well, to provide expert analysis on the issues of life, religious freedom, and family from across the nation. All of us working together spent time talking about some hard issues and exploring ideas that will help us as we go into next year’s session.
As Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Getting in a room with other leaders who work on the same issues we do utilizes this Scriptural principle and makes us stronger as we face an ever increasingly difficult culture. The leaders at this conference are from red, blue, and purple states so they understand some of the unique challenges we face in Idaho but can also prepare us for some of the challenges that have not yet come to Idaho.
This is how we prepare our battle strategy for next year’s legislative session so that we can do our utmost to advance the cause of Christ in our state legislature. These new ideas and policies help you because in the end many of these ideas become policies that will make Idaho a place where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, life is cherished, and families thrive!
Preparing in faith,
Congratulations, Hawaii Family Forum, on 20 years of protecting family values in your state!
January 15th marked the 20-year anniversary for Family Policy Alliance’s state ally, Hawaii Family Forum.
In a state that tends to lean Left politically, Hawaii Family Forum, led by executive director Eva Andrade, has helped protect families in some incredible ways over the years.
Most recently, Family Policy Alliance worked with Hawaii Family Forum to help defeat assisted suicide in the state in 2017—despite a spend of over $1 Million by the leading advocates for doctor-assisted death. Hawaii Family Forum’s message that every life is worth fighting for—and that no one should be abandoned to hopelessness and death—resonated with Hawaii’s family-centered culture. And Hawaii Family Forum has defeated every effort to legalize assisted suicide since their founding in 1998.
Since 1998, Hawaii Family Forum has stood strong despite pressure to legalize gambling, which can prey on already hurting families. Hawaii remains one of only two states with no legalized commercial gambling!
And Hawaii Family Forum’s original executive director, Kelly Rosati (who later went on to serve as Focus on the Family’s Vice President, Advocacy for Children), drove the efforts to secure the first-ever legislative override of a governor’s veto in the state in 2001.
Kelly worked tirelessly with legislators to help pass a law to raise the state’s age of sexual consent from 14 to 16-years-old in order to provide greater protection for children. Hawaii’s then-governor vetoed the bill, and Kelly said at the time that the veto was “an affront to all the parents and concerned citizens of Hawaii who demanded action this legislative session to protect Hawaii’s minors from adult sexual predators.”
Kelly didn’t let the veto stop Hawaii Family Forum. She rallied Hawaii families to persuade legislators to ultimately override the governor’s veto for the first time ever!
Hawaii Family Forum has worked tirelessly to protect families—especially children and the elderly—for 20 years, and our Family Policy Alliance team is so proud to ally with this amazing ministry!
We asked Eva Andrade, Hawaii Family Forum’s executive director, about her ministry serving families in Hawaii: “There is something invigorating and humbling about standing for the values that make this country (and our state) great. In Hawaii, we have been able to promote righteousness because it is in our state motto, “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono” (The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.) For 2o years, we have stood firm for faith, family and religious freedom. The excitement never ends because now we can look toward the next 20 years with hope and anticipation for what the Lord has yet to accomplish through all the men and women that continue to pray and stand with us.”
Congratulations again to Eva and Hawaii Family Forum!
Want to know if you have a Family Policy Alliance state ally in your state? Check here.
A group of our state allies got together for a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, today.
From left to right: John Helmberger, Minnesota Family Council; Eric Corcoran, Palmetto Family Council; Jeff Laszloffy, Montana Family Foundation; Carroll Conley, Christian Civic League of Maine; Michael Geer, Pennsylvania Family Institute (and an FPA board member); Jonathan Saenz, Texas Values; Joseph Backholm, Family Policy Institute of Washington; Jonathan Keller, California Family Council; and John Stemberger, Florida Family Policy Council.
John Rustin, North Carolina Family Policy Council; Nicole Theis, Delaware Family Policy Council; Allen Whitt, Family Policy Council of West Virginia; Victoria Cobb, The Family Foundation of Virginia; Jason McGuire, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms; Len Deo, New Jersey Family Policy Council; Peter Wolfgang, Family Institute of Connecticut; Bob Vander Plaats, The Family Leader of Iowa; Elizabeth Wolfgang; Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Action of New Hampshire; Meredith Campbell and Stephani Liesmaki, Minnesota Family Council.
Family Policy Alliance is proud to be allied with each of these organizations.
Have you heard the good news for Idaho’s families?
You may have heard about Family Policy Alliance’s work to strengthen and expand the alliance that protects families across our nation. In the past year, Family Policy Alliance was blessed with the resources to launch four new state allies in Kansas, North Dakota, Georgia and New Mexico.
And now, it’s Idaho’s turn!
We’ve been hearing from concerned biblical citizens—including Darrell Burchfield and Julie Lynde, the Chairman of the Board and the Executive Director of Cornerstone Family Council (CFC)—for some time now about the need for a strong state group in your state.
And while the time has come for CFC to close their doors, the time to launch Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is now!
This new state group, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, is dedicated to restoring your state to one where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.
If that’s your hope and prayer for Idaho, then I invite you to join with us as we launch Family Policy Alliance of Idaho.
First things first
If you have some questions about this new group, you’re in the right place! I’m happy to share that Julie Lynde will be joining Family Policy Alliance of Idaho as Policy Director while we search for an Executive Director. And you can listen online to a recent interview about Family Policy Alliance of Idaho on “Game Plan for Life” with Skip Hall.
I invite you to explore the rest of the new Family Policy Alliance of Idaho website for more information about how we will be working hard to protect your family and your values through the following strategies:
- Alliance building: Working intentionally to build strong alliances with churches and other pro-family groups in Idaho to advance a culture of religious liberty, family and life.
- Advancing policy: Promoting sound policy in Boise to protect your family and your values, as well as providing legislators the tools and information they need to protect your communities, neighbors and families.
- Rallying voters: With Family Policy Alliance’s technology and strategic assistance, mobilizing Christian voters to the polls to elect the candidates who best reflect your biblical and family values.
- Citizens’ voice: Equipping pro-family Idahoans to understand the issues and raise their voices in support of legislation that protects their families.
How you can get involved
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to learn more here on the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho website and then share it with your family and friends, so they, too, can get involved and sign up for ongoing emails They won’t want to miss the chance to get involved and make a difference for an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished!
Standing for the family of believers,
President and CEO
Family Policy Alliance