Your Voice Matters
I was in the Sunday service of a large church the weekend President Trump was to make his decision regarding retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement. This decision was one that had the potential of shifting the balance of power on the Supreme Court to a conservative, pro-constitutionalist majority, something America desperately needed and intercessors had prayed for since the 1960s. Doubtlessly, the decision was so monumental it would impact several generations - the lives of those present that day, their children, and even their grandchildren. The appointment President Trump eventually made, along with the next Justice he appointed, will absolutely be two of the most significant governmental decisions of our lifetimes. The Justices he appointed were part of lifting a horrible curse off America.
In light of this decision’s magnitude, I kept waiting for someone in the service to lead in prayer for wisdom and guidance to POTUS Trump, for Holy Spirit to lead him in making the right decision. If not a 15-30 minute time of corporate prayer - perhaps this was more important than the sermon that day! - then maybe 10 minutes, or even 5. After all, the pastor himself referred to the congregation that day as “a praying church.” Nothing. Perhaps someone will at least mention it when praying over the offering or sermon, I thought. When no prayer was offered, I held out hope that they would encourage people to pray regarding this on their own. As you have probably guessed by now, it was never even mentioned! I was stunned, grieved, and angry.
Tragically, this is the norm, not the exception. Does your church pray corporately and publicly regarding national decisions of this nature? Sadly, it most likely does not. And statistics tell us half of those seated around you on a Sunday morning won’t even vote.
As we discussed yesterday, we continue to pay a high price for our avoidance of and forfeiture of government. A while back, Nancy Pelosi blocked votes on bills to ban taxpayer-funded abortions dozens of times. Instead, she and her colleagues in Congress voted unanimously to eliminate the 40-year-old Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer dollars from being used for “most abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. It is credited with saving 2.4 million babies’ lives…Republican members offered several amendments that would’ve restored Hyde protection to the budget…Democrats refused to allow consideration of any pro-life amendments.”(1) Biden also rejected the Hyde Amendment.(2) As they say, “Elections have consequences.”
Perhaps the following will motivate Christians to pray and vote. Everett Piper, in a Washington Times article, quotes Jasmine Hilton from the Washington Post:
“A judge on Thursday (August 25, 2022), dismissed a complaint against the Montgomery Country school board by parents who alleged that the system’s student gender-identity guidelines violated their state and constitutional rights.
“Three parents, who filed anonymously in 2020 against the Montgomery Country Board of Education, argued that the guidelines curtailed their ability ‘to direct the care, custody, education, and control of their minor children,’ under the Fourteenth Amendment, according to a memorandum opinion.
“The parents said that the Montgomery County Public School ‘2020-2021 Guidelines for Student Gender Identity’ were designed to work around parental involvement ‘in a pivotal decision’ in their children’s lives and that the guidelines ‘enable school personnel to allow children to transition socially to a different gender identity at school’ without parents’ notice or consent.
“In the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Judge Paul W. Grimm sided with the MCBE’s argument that the guidelines advance the state’s goal of protecting students’ safety and privacy. According to [his] memo, the ‘MCBE certainly has a legitimate interest in providing a safe and supportive environment for all MCPS students, including those who are transgender and gender nonconforming,’ Grimm then [concluded], ‘And the Guidelines are certainly rationally related to achieving that result.’”(3)
“So there you have it,” Piper says.
“Today’s schools are teaching your sons and daughters that a female isn’t a biological fact and that it’s perfectly healthy for a boy to pretend to be a girl, and when you object, you’re told to stand down because, after all, your children belong to the government, not you. Your children are literally ‘owned’ by Big Brother and his reeducation camps, otherwise known as your local public schools. The message you’re hearing is loud and clear: ‘These children are ours, not yours.’
“And lest you think this is just about the left’s strange fixation on sex; it’s not.
“These are the same schools that are teaching your kids to judge people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. These are the same teachers who claim that 2+2=4 is the product of white privilege and that the use of Socratic logic is racist. These are the smart folks who are telling your sons and daughters that our Constitution is xenophobic, America is systemically evil, and that capitalism is bad while communism is good.
“And while all of this is going on your local school board is telling you that you have no right to know about or object to anything they are teaching your progeny.”(4)
We can change this by praying AND voting!
Columnist Sudi Kate Gliebe, the cofounder of Patriots’ Campaign Ministry, wrote for Baptist Press on September 21, “Politics is not a hobby like scrapbooking. Getting involved should not be an option. Politics, whether we like it or not, affects every area of our lives… ‘We the People’ means that all of us are responsible to preserve our republic.”
The Family Research Council said, “With most elections being decided by smaller and smaller margins, we cannot win the public debate over the critical issues of faith, family, and freedom if like-minded Americans stay home on Election Day.”
“Meeting the challenges facing the nation will require a greater level of commitment from believers than has been necessary in generations,” FRC said in explaining the importance of its get-out-the-vote effort.
Creditable sources estimate that out of 60 million Christians in the United States, only 30 million of them vote in any given election or are even registered to vote. Did you get that - 30 million Christians do not vote. Can you imagine what a difference it would make if 60 million Christians actually voted and did so based on biblical values?
While there are many wonderful websites and folks who are helping to inform conservatives about issues and their need to vote, I’d like to introduce you to another very successful one.
MyFaithVotes.org is a wonderfully informative website through which you can find information concerning upcoming elections in YOUR states, articles about upcoming bills in Congress of which you need to be aware, and much more. If you follow their prompts, you will find all the information needed regarding important upcoming election dates in YOUR state, information about absentee voting, etc. They have done the work for you!
They also have extensive tools for CHURCHES, including multi-media, bulletin inserts, and much more. These tools encourage people to vote for leaders with traditional and biblical values.
This year they are running a simple, yet very impactful campaign to influence conservatives who aren’t actively participating in important elections. I’m sharing this information because some of you have asked our office how you can get involved - how you can encourage people to vote and also obtain the information needed to be more informed. This organization can aid you in that search, and you can do it from home!
My Faith Votes has the current names/addresses of thousands of registered voters who are pro-life, pro-traditional family, who either don’t vote, or are inconsistent in doing so. If you’d like to help change this, you can go to this link on their website: www.myfaithvotes.org/startwriting. They will supply a free digital packet with complete, easy-to-follow information, including a letter they have written. You will supply the printing of the letter, envelope, and stamp. They also provide a return address to use in order to maintain your privacy.
Records show that 30% and more of those who receive these letters are motivated to vote. You will have a positive effect on 30-50% of the recipients of the letters you send. Nationally, My Faith Votes has helped generate thousands of biblically motivated votes, helping turn elections. Think about it - with a couple of hours of your time and a few dollars, you can help elect godly, righteous leaders. Please consider getting behind this!
Pray with me:
Father, in Christ’s name, we thank You for the awakening we see beginning in the church. The sleeping giant is stirring. Cause the alarm clock to become louder and louder. Make it impossible for Christians in America to silence the alarm or override it with other activities and thoughts.
Our hearts, though breaking over many issues, are also filled with faith that You are about to change things dramatically. The conscience of a nation will be brought back to life. The heart of a complacent and passive church is being and will continue to be, awakened. Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy.
And Father, as believers awaken from complacency and lethargy, motivate them to vote. Give organizations like My Faith Votes great success and participation as they implement Your creative ideas. I ask You to lead many people to participate in their efforts. Thank You for turning this nation around. We are very grateful that You have not given up on America. And since You have not, we won’t give up on her. Your verdict has been rendered: America shall be saved! So be it. And we, Your family, will do our part to see this occur. In Christ’s name, we pray this. Amen.
We declare that we, the church, will involve ourselves in every level and facet of government, releasing the authority and blessing of God into the earth through our prayers and actions.
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