GOP Goes Duck Hunting
September 10, 2012 - Monday
With so much riding on the elections this year, Congress has little time to legislate--and that isn't exactly a bad thing. The main goal of the House of Representatives this week is rightly to try to prevent a Lame Duck session of Congress in November and December. First up, the House is putting forward a continuing resolution to fund the government for another six months. The downside is that this doesn't move the conservative ball forward. The upside, however, is this should--in theory--give no reason for Congress to meet after the elections in November when a number of them are likely losing or giving up their seats, potentially including the occupant of the White House.
Traditionally, Lame Duck Congresses are horrible for conservatives and the nation. In these extra sessions we usually see passage (with little Republican Senate opposition) of liberal ideas such as higher government spending, radical social policies like the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and large tax increases by a Congress that no longer feels accountable to the voting public. It's better for the nation if the so called troubles that "only Congress can fix" (usually because they created them!) wait until new members and possibly a new President are sworn in on January 20.
Last night, more than 2,000 churches and home groups from all fifty states tuned in to watch iPledge Sunday: "A Call to Faith, Family and Freedom." The special simulcast church service was held at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte and featured former Senator Rick Santorum, actor and producer Kirk Cameron, Bishop Harry Jackson, New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Kristan Hawkins, Rick Scarborough, Shirley Dobson and video messages from Franklin Graham, James Robison, and Star Parker. Each of the speakers addressed the critical issues facing our nation--economic turmoil, the sanctity of human life, the redefinition of marriage, and growing hostility to religious expression. Everyone at the podium touched on this common theme: the usual political solutions will not solve the problems our nation faces which are spiritual at their core.
Christians must understand the connection between our faith and our freedom. If they did, we would not so easily cast biblical principles aside when choosing our leaders, enacting legislation, or educating our children. The message of iPledge Sunday is clearly stirring the hearts of Bible-believing Christians as thousands are responding by going to iPledge2Vote.org and taking the pledge to pray for the election, prepare by registering themselves and others to vote, and participate by voting their biblical values on November 6th. Churches are already making plans to hold voter registration drives in the coming weeks using our iPledge Sunday voter tool kits.
I want to extend a special thanks to First Baptist Church of Charlotte, Dr. Mark Harris, the American Family Association, each speaker, and the FRC team for making iPledge Sunday possible. If you missed the simulcast, you can watch the archive on Tuesday by visiting iPledgeSunday.org--and don't forget to sign the pledge by going to www.ipledge2vote.org.
Head to the Movies to Find Your 'Last Ounce of Courage'
Starting tomorrow, Patriots Day, select theaters nationwide will show a special early screening of the film, Last Ounce of Courage, a Veritas Entertainment film honoring faith, family and freedom. Last Ounce of Courage is the story of a grieving father, Bob Revere, inspired by his grandson to take a stand for faith and freedom against the tide of apathy and vanishing liberty. As he considers the personal cost of military conflict abroad and the erosion of freedom at home, he is reminded that we honor our heroes best by standing up for the ideals they defend. The movie opens nationwide September 14, but you can be among the first to experience this cinematic call to action. See the film on this very special day, and help the cast and crew of Last Ounce of Courage inspire our nation to support media and entertainment that celebrates our values while returning America to its cherished founding principles. Check theatre listings and buy your ticket now at LastOunceTheMovie.com.