Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Welcome to 2012

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.

6 comments:

  1. While the approval of DPs at the ballot box courtesy of R71 and Gary Randall was a positive motivator in the path toward equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, it is a mistake to call it out as THE motivator.

    Marriages for same-sex couples are possible because our fellow citizens are hearing our real stories and changing their minds - so much so that a majority of Americans now support it.

    Legislative battles are important, yes, and your side will continue to win more. But this will ultimately be won in the hearts of Americans who learn and see the truth for themselves, and that's a battle you cannot win.

    Tony

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  2. I'm looking forward to defending marriage.

    MARRIAGE = ONE MAN + ONE WOMAN

    Craig in Lacey

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  3. The Gipper has your back on this one. Nothing more important then the love of a Mom and a Dad . Any marriage that makes that impossible from the beginning is a political based marriage of special interest and based in selfishness.


    "There is no institution more vital to our nation's survival than the American family. Here the seeds of personal character are planted, the roots of public virtue first nourished. Through love and instruction, discipline, guidance and example, we learn from our mothers and fathers the values that will shape our private lives and our public citizenship.

    The days of our childhood forecast our lives, as poets and philosophers long have told us. "The childhood shows the man as morning shows the day," John Milton wrote. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it," Solomon tells us. Clearly, the future is in the care of our parents." ~Ronald Reagan

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  4. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed. As a gay evangelical father of 4 adult children that is exactly what I will be in support of my equal rights to marry whom I choose. I was so proud of my Governor today. BTW: my adult children were instrumental in helping me understand the need for marriage equality. Gotta love them for that. Jeff in Seattle

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  5. Anonymous @9:25 PM...

    Having two parents of the opposite sex is not enough to guarantee the well-being of children. So many other factors come into play: love between the parents, love toward the children, financial means, community support, etc.

    But, for fun, let's just pretend that opposite-sex parents are *always* "the best" when it comes to raising children (even though studies show that's not true)... what benefit do we get by denying marriage to families deemed "less ideal"? How does that help those children?

    The government should be providing those families every means possible to be successful, not putting obstacles in their way.

    Tony

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  6. Tony, Jeff,

    You are rare to have the wonderful results you have experienced. But I know that YOU also know the truth. The homosexual community is a very dark place. It is violent, promiscuous beyond measure - yes I mean that. The number of partners cannot even be numbered in many cases.

    You can keep promoting your white washed and sterilized view of the community but I know you know because I've been there. It is aberrant behavior and the participants pay for that.

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