As we begin this year together in a united effort to stand for and defend natural marriage, we can expect an assault not only on marriage, but on the people who publicly stand in its defense.
You remember, as I do, how Larry Stickney, Rep. Matt Shea, myself and others experienced the wrath of the press, the attacks of the homosexual activists and even public attacks from some leaders within the Christian community, during the R-71 effort.
Had R-71 succeeded, we would not be facing an all out campaign by Senator Ed Murray and others to redefine marriage in 2012. That was the last incremental step to what they believe will be a successful move to re-define marriage in Washington State.
That was then, this is now. Hopefully those Christian leaders who worked tirelessly to undermine R-71 will not do so again as we launch a united effort in defense of marriage.
When 2012 comes to its end, homosexual activists will have either re-defined marriage or their efforts will have been defeated.
Theodore Roosevelt made an impassioned speech at the Sorbonne, Paris on April 23, 1910, defining what it means to be a citizen of this Republic.
His remarks not only reflect the reality of being a citizen of this Republic, but perhaps that of a citizen of the eternal Kingdom.
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizenship in a Republic" Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910.
The Apostle Paul said essentially the same thing differently when he wrote, "His strength is made perfect in our weakness."
The contest to protect marriage and defend it from those who seek to re-define it will require our best effort. And God's blessing.
Silence is not an option. Nor is fear or timidity. Or uncertainty as to what Scripture actually teaches on the matter.
Will you stand with us? Do you stand for marriage? The family? Biblical Truth?
I ask for your financial support today to assist us in educating the public regarding natural marriage and its place in our culture. We must have your support. Thank you for doing what you can do today.
I am also asking you to be ready to contact specific legislators with specific messages as Murray's bill to re-define marriage is introduced.
I will also be asking thousands of you to attend the hearings on the bill.
Welcome to 2012. A year of unparalleled opportunity to advance Judeo-Christian family values in our culture. And to be a light in the darkness of our culture.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.