CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA OF WASHINGTON
ACTION ALERT OCTOBER 7, 2011
Dear CWA of Washington Member,
After taking off some summer time for R&R and attending the national CWA Leadership Conference in September, the state office is up and running again, energized to tackle the cultural issues that Concerned Women for America focuses on: sanctity of life, family, religious liberty, education, pornography and national sovereignty.
Let’s focus specifically on family and its definition. What do you believe about marriage? Do you believe that real marriage is and should be defined as only between one man and one woman? This is the traditional Biblical definition. Genesis 1 tells us that God created man (“male and female He created them”), and the second chapter tells us that the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him”. Verses 24-25 describe God’s institution of marriage, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Jesus confirms this marital relationship in Mark 10. While marriage has been seen somewhat differently in other cultures and religions, marriage has always been defined as between male and female. However, State Senator Ed Murray has announced (http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-cr-douglas-will-washington-say-i-do-to-gay-marriage-20110901,0,6367072.story) that he intends to introduce a bill in the 2012 Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State as “marriage equality”. After the successful drive for same-sex marriage in New York, the homosexual lobby in our state is very confident that they can pass such a bill here.
I suspect this will be the primary cultural battle in the 2012 legislative session. If you support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and want to help defend marriage in Washington State, please contact the state office, and we will help to equip you in this most vital of battles. If we do not defend God’s definition of marriage, we will have lost the battle to defend, restore and strengthen the entire traditional family structure of a father, a mother and their natural or adopted children. This was God’s original family and still proves to be the best structure for raising the next generation in a balanced and productive manner (http://www.familydynamics.net/benefitsofhealthymarriages.htm). In addition, the American public overwhelmingly supports traditional marriage (http://concernedwomen.org/content.asp?id=20385).
If you agree with the Biblical definition of marriage and with the majority of Americans, please join CWA of Washington in prayer about this issue. Then give us a call or e-mail the state office to learn how you can help in this most vital battle. We will equip you to be a culture warrior and stand up for Biblical values in a culture that increasingly rejects God’s Word and wisdom in favor of man’s fickle opinions and social experiments. Help us shape the discussions that will determine the future of our families and our nation.
Another related issue to pray about is the Referendum 71 case regarding the protection of referendum signers from harassment and intimidation. At the hearing this week, after hearing arguments from both sides, Federal Judge Benjamin Settle said that he will issue an opinion on the case in two weeks. The team who has been defending our right to privacy in this issue needs and requests your prayers.
We are always looking for volunteers to serve as Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders, Home Team Captains, and steering committee members. If you are interested, please contact the office. Know your gifts and use them to help us!
Remember Peter’s words in Acts 5:29 in response to the official command that he and the other apostles stop teaching in the name of Jesus Christ: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Join CWA as we strive to put families first, based on God’s original plan, through prayer, education and action.
Thank you for being a part of Concerned Women for America. Attached is a membership form; we appreciate your support and your prayers.
In His Service,
Maureen Richardson, State Director