DO CHRISTIANS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT? We believe Richard Land says it best in Fulfilling Our Cultural Mandate: “Christian cultural engagement is a regular, normal part of Christian discipleship. It is part of what it means to be salt and light. It was the principled engagement of Christians in days gone by that laid the foundation for our nation’s rich cultural heritage. It remains for Christians of this generation and every coming generation to continue to bring the whole gospel of Jesus Christ into the culture and to set forth the truth of God so that all of God’s creation may bring glory to Him. In our land, this challenge includes the absolute imperative of Christian political engagement. God will hold us accountable if our failure to be involved directly in the selection of our leaders results in a culture that does not reflect God’s values. This is part of what it means to be salt and light.” We also recommend these resources: How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer“5 Principles for Christian Voters” by Summit Ministries“Political Animal Training Kit” by Summit Ministries WHAT ABOUT “SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE”? America’s Founding Fathers believed that God, not government, was the Author and Source of our rights and that the purpose of government is to “secure these rights”, not to interfere with them. The phrase “separation of church and state” appears nowhere in the Constitution, rather, courts pulled it from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson, who did not participate in the Constitutional Convention and was not a member of Congress when the Bill of Rights was adopted. Jefferson’s writings show that he had no desire of allowing the government to limit, restrict, regulate, or interfere with public religious practices. He believed, along with the other Founders, that the First Amendment had been enacted only to prevent the federal establishment of a national denomination. In fact, George Washington, who presided over the Constitutional Convention and was President of the United States when the Bill of Rights was adopted, said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.” He also said, “It is impossible to govern the world without God. 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 implore his protection and favor.“ Read more on this topic by Wallbuilders. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AND MAKE AN IMPACT? There are many ways to make an impact, here are a few ideas: Starting a Community Impact Team.Commenting on proposed legislation.Volunteering for the election commission.Get on your local school board.Conducting voter registration.Campaigning for a godly candidate.Running for office.VOTING! We recommend starting a Community Impact Team in your neighborhood or church. For more information on Impact Teams or to sign up, click here. WHAT IS LEGAL FOR PASTORS AND/OR CHURCHES? “Many churches and pastors have been given false information in an attempt to scare them from acting as a pastor and impacting their culture for Christ. The law is actually very supportive of pastors and churches in fulfilling their mission to equip their saints. Even as a non-profit corporation, there is very little a church may not do.” For information on what ministries can do to protect themselves in today’s hostile environment, check out these resources: Read the Wallbuilders’ cliff notes.Free legal guide by ADF, “Protecting Your Ministry“. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT THE CANDIDATES STAND FOR? Our friends at My Faith Votes have a fantastic “Voting Assistance” tool we recommend using. Just select your state to get specific voting assistance for your state. Learning about candidates and referendums takes time but their system reduces that time and allows you to make a plan to vote. In addition, iVoterGuide provides free voter guides that can be very helpful in identifying the best candidates in your local elections. WHEN DO YOU BROADCAST ON CTN? We broadcast on several CTN stations, for specific information click here. WHAT IS THE 7 MOUNTAINS MANDATE? WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT MOUNTAINS? The 7 Mountain Mandate, a powerful, transformative campaign intended to bring about social transformation. The Kingdom of God is enormous – far bigger than your family or local church. To deliver the truth of God’s Kingdom and unite the Body of Christ with the world at large, we believe we have a mandate to bring Godly change to our world, through the seven spheres of societal influence. To learn more about the 7 Mountains, click here. HOW CAN I DONATE BY CHECK? In order to make an offline donation we ask that you please follow these instructions: Make a check payable to “Truth & Liberty Coalition”Please mail your check to: The Truth and Liberty Coalition, Inc.PO Box 3333Colorado Springs, CO 80934-3333 *All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and are non-tax-deductible.