Applying Biblical Principles to Social and Political Issues
One way we can be the "salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13), (slowing down the decay of society), is by becoming informed and involved in current legislation that impacts our nation's moral and social issues. The following links are helpful in spreading information that may not be covered by the general media and giving you the opportunity to sign petitions, send emails to representatives, and engage in simple strategies for making a difference. These organizations have been instrumental in shaping policy and the more people are a part of these Christian or conservative efforts, the greater the possibility of seeing our Judeo-Christian foundations restored. Please take time to be informed and involved for the glory of Jesus Christ.
A ministry of Focus on the Family. This site and newsletter (click on subscribe under CitizenLink) keeps you up-to-date on important political developments that are of interest to Christians. Focus Action, the Action Center, and the link to sign Petitions are effective means of being salt to society. The Action Center has a tremendous amount of information about your local officials, legislation, as well as elections and candidates.
This organization led by a godly man, Tony Perkins, has had tremendous impact on Washington. Tony is a regular conservative contributor to CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC and his daily newsletters are informative, insightful, and provide links for being agents of change. The site also provides a wealth of information on social issues such as stem cell research, homosexuality, euthanasia, the media (pornography), judicial activism, abstinence, and abortion. You can subscribe to the newsletter on the homepage of the site. Another excellent resource that sends out action alerts is Family Policy Network. Click here and then subscribe to the email alerts.
This organization has caused corporations to change their inappropriate ads and advertisers to stop supporting immoral television shows. They do so through email petitions that you can send. For a list of their victories, click here. From their site: OneMillionDads.com was begun to give dads an impact with the decision-makers and let them know we are upset with the messages they are sending our children and the values (or lack of them) they are pushing. Our goal is to stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.). Dad, OneMillionDads.com is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children. It is time to fight back!
Kerbey Anderson leads this ministry which seeks to inform Christians about current events. Kerbey is a brilliant Christian who provides insightful emails, his "Daily Commentary" each day. The website has a "Take Action" area which you can use to contact your representatives.
You can sign-up for this excellent resource on their homepage. They are making a difference in Arizona in profound ways and you can be a part of this positive change. From their site: Center for Arizona Policy is a nonprofit research and education organization committed to protecting and defending the family by influencing policy, communicating truth, and empowering families to promote timeless values. Our mission is to:
- Inform policymakers by providing research and factual information on vital issues affecting the family.
- Communicate truth on family issues through the media.
- Equip concerned citizens and churches to be persuasive advocates for the family.
We were established in 1995 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening Arizona families through policy and education. We accomplish this by actively educating Arizonans on issues like: Sanctity of Marriage • Sanctity of Human Life • Religious Freedom • Parental Rights • Education • Harms of Gambling
Sixty two (62) Center-supported bills have been enacted into law! Our work has strengthened marriage, promoted the sanctity of life by limiting abortion and stopping attempts to bring physician-assisted suicide to our state, protected our community from gambling and pornography, allowed Bible clubs to be formed in middle schools, and expanded educational choice. Read more about the CAP-supported bills that became Arizona law.
An excellent guide, put out by the Center for Arizona Policy to equip you on issues pertaining to life, marriage, family, religious liberty, judicial reform, civics, and more. Check out www.azvoterguide.com to see where candidates stand on important issues.
Gary Bauer provides excellent commentary on the day's events with his "End of the Day Report." He usually provides a good amount of information that the mainstream media leaves out because of its liberal bias. You can sign-up for his newsletter on the homepage. The organization's focus is on life, marriage, family, faith, and freedom.
Don't let the name fool you. This is an excellent organization for men and women. Their newsletters are helpful and include ways to implement change in our culture. You can sign-up for their alerts on the homepage. They provide ways to get involved (on the left link) and include specific information about Arizona legislation and issues.
Here are some excerpts from their site: "The Heritage Foundation is the nation's most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 453,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Our Mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense." Their newsletter is insightful and informative. You can sign-up for their newsletter under Press and Media.
Their mission is to engage Christians in actively living out and declaring biblical truth in a secular, humanistic American culture. Their vision: Education, Media, Academia, Science, Medicine, and Entertainment are key players responsible for shaping our culture. Our vision is to see these institutions [giants] and the policies regulating their conduct, restored to Christian values. The President, Sandy Rios, does an excellent job of helping Christians to be informed and involved.
Institute Exposes bias in the media. From their site: The mission of the Culture and Media Institute is to preserve and help restore America's culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media elite, and to promote fair portrayal of social conservatives and religious believers in the media. CMI, the cultural division of the Media Research Center, is dedicated to correcting misconceptions in the media about social conservatism and religious faith. They are a sub-division of www.mrc.org which is a helpful site as well.