Pray for the Kentucky Supreme Court

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“The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” James 5:16 (BCL)

 

November 8 was a great day for many Kentucky counties. Election victories across the state offer Kentucky a reason to be hopeful as we look toward the 2023 legislative session in Frankfort with a fresh body serving our Commonwealth.

 

Unfortunately, despite the tireless efforts of Kentucky’s pro-life movement to secure protection for the unborn, Amendment 2 was defeated, and the lives of the most vulnerable Kentuckians once again face great peril.

 

On Tuesday, November 15,  the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral arguments challenging the constitutionality of the state’s pro-life laws that protect the unborn from abortion in all cases except the life of the mother.

 

As pro-life Christians, we know that our hope does not rest in the decisions of a court but in Christ alone. We are instructed in Hebrews 14:16 to “approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.”

 

Join me today in praying for Attorney General Daniel Cameron and his team, who is representing Kentuckians and defending the Human Right Protection Act and the Heartbeat Law against abortion advocates.

 

Let us also pray for our Kentucky Supreme Court that they will interpret the Kentucky constitution rightly and determine that the right to an abortion does not exist in the language of the Founding Fathers of Kentucky.

 

Serving Kentucky Through Prayer and Action,

Jennifer Pendleton

State Director

Thank you for your prayers

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“This is what the LORD says: ‘Restrain your voice from weeping  and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,’ declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:16a

 

Thank you so much for all your earnest efforts to move those in your circle of influence to get out the vote. While the election results have been mixed and are still not certain, your communication to educate your friends, neighbors, and family members about the election made a difference. Thank you also for sharing the reality of abortion and the danger of recent legislation – it has so much impact. Let’s continue to pray that our nation will line up with Godly values.

 

Many of you joined me in Sacramento, even in the pouring rain, as believers united with one heart in prayer for our culture to honor God and preserve the family. We gathered on the steps of the State Capitol on Election Day to intercede for local and state leaders and for the hearts of the 40 million people living in California to draw near to the Lord and seek Him.

 

Pray that we will have the strength to persevere regardless of the outcome of the election. Let’s remind ourselves that it took nearly 50 years to overturn Roe v. Wade. We are on the side of God’s heart, and all the work we do here on earth has the strength and power of our supernatural Father behind us. God is on the throne, and He has great and mighty plans for His people.

 

“No longer will you be called Forsaken,  nor your land named Desolate; And they will be called the Holy People,  the Redeemed of The LORD; and you will be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.” Isaiah 62:4a, 12

 

God bless California!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Stand on Principle and Win

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To achieve political victory by deceiving the public about who you are and what you will do once in office is no victory at all. It will not be a win for the candidate who will be eventually exposed as a fraud once elected, and in such a case, it is no win for the people who will be left suffering the consequences of policies they did not really want.

 

And the truth is that, usually, people can detect and will be attracted to authenticity. But, more important yet, a battle-tested leader who stands by his convictions in support of American families is nearly impossible to beat.

 

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ overwhelming victory in Florida is an excellent example of this longstanding principle…

 

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Election Day Recap

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With Election Day, we have reached the end of the voting period for candidates. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to vote, which is a chance to influence our country’s decisions. I am grateful for the Americans who exercised this privilege for the 2022 mid-term elections, in which there are more than 40 million ballots cast. As citizens of a democratic republic, we possess authority not enjoyed by many others worldwide.

 

As of this writing, we do not know which party holds the congressional majority. Prognosticators still expect that Republicans will take the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is unclear whether Democrats or Republicans have the majority in the U.S. Senate. Given that America now has an election “season” rather than an election “day,” I personally made sure to get at least six hours of sleep last night to save my energy for the next few days and weeks (not hours) for results to come in.

 

Concerned Women for America dedicated the past three weeks to the She Prays She Votes bus tour. The mission of this bus tour, as in past bus tours, is to encourage women of faith to vote their values. Our target states—Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada—proved to be the battleground elections we were expecting for the U.S. Senate.

 

Not all of the races were called, but here is what we know:

  • Pennsylvania: Former Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D) defeated candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz (R) by 156,000 votes.
  • Georgia: Incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock (D) received more votes than candidate Herschel Walker (R) but fell short of Georgia’s requirement to win at least 50% of the vote. Sen. Warnock faces a runoff with Walker in December.
  • Arizona: Incumbent Senator Mark Kelly (D) leads by 100,000 votes against candidate Blake Masters (R), with 67% of the votes reported.
  • Nevada: Candidate Adam Laxalt (R) leads by 23,000 votes against incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D), with 75% of votes reported.

 

We have been in prayer for you to have boldness in applying your faith to your vote. By God’s grace, we are still on track to have the strongest pro-life majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in decades. It is also a Congress where legislators appreciate now more than ever the dangers of radical gender ideology. Relatedly, these legislators value parental rights in education. We will be working with you to make sure they understand what is at stake for the next two years of a presidential administration very opposed to the issues we care about.

 

As voters, we have a responsibility to help elect a government that will affect justice. In our time, the injustices are many. But we are convicted about the children killed in the womb, radical gender ideology that leads to permanent, life-altering physical and emotional harm, and government intrusion into the spiritual and emotional connection between parent and child. In a very small and imperfect way, our votes help end these injustices.

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 7

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #7 – Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Today is a critical day in America. Voters go to the polls to elect U.S Senators, Representatives, and other important down-ballot races. Many states will also be voting on statewide ballot measures that fall under CWA’s seven core issues. Throughout the day, would you please pray for the following:

 
Pray for God’s hedge of protection over our nation, even during the election.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:9-12

 
Pray that the election process—personnel and voting equipment—will perform with honesty and integrity.
Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights … Leviticus 19:35-36

 
Pray that God’s will be done, our nation be blessed with Godly and principled leaders, and His name be glorified.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1

 
Our votes and prayers do matter. Please do both today!

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 6

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #6 – Monday, November 7
When the ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land, their first obstacle was the great walled city of Jericho. As Joshua and the men prepared to conquer the city, God gave them a clear battle strategy. They were to walk around the great city once a day for six days without speaking one word. On the final day, they silently circled the city seven times. What went through the minds of these untrained warriors as they only heard the tramping feet of their fellow countrymen? Did they hear taunts from above as Jericho citizens jeered? They saw the great wall up close. Did they tremble in fear at the overwhelming size of this fortress city? Did they feel outnumbered and unprepared? How many realized that their only hope for victory would be from God? During the silent trek, how many called out to God in prayer? How many asked Him to do the impossible?

 

Today, we need God to do the impossible for us. We, too, have the opportunity to call out to Him and ask Him to give us a fair election. May He crumble our opponents like He crumbled the walls of Jericho!

 

Here’s a simple strategy: on the evening of November 6 (preferably before dark), go to your local polling precinct. Take a few like-minded friends and march around the building or grounds. Pray out loud or silently, asking God to make sure no fraud will succeed in the precinct the next day. Pray for only a fair vote to come from the precinct. Below are a few requests in addition to the Confession and Praise from the previous page. Please feel free to add whatever God lays on your heart. (If you can’t make it to your polling place the night before, please pray about these candidates at a convenient time as often as you can.)

 

Requests:
Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up this polling place. We pray there will be no tampering with machines, ballots or any confusion causing voters to mis-vote. We pray any attempts at fraud would fail and/or be caught. We ask that all ballots cast would be fair ballots. Help voters not to be deceived but to see the whole truth.

 

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Election Day Prayer Vigil on Behalf of California

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“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1

 

The waiting is nearly over, and Election Day is this Tuesday, November 8. We can use our voices to elect men and women who represent our values.

 
I invite you and your family to join other faith leaders and me from across the state to worship and pray on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento on Election Day!

 
Event Details:
Event: California Election Day Prayer Vigil
Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 9:00 –10:00 a.m.
Location: California State Capitol, West Steps
1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Other important ways to engage on Election Day: 

  1. Study the candidates and vote for the ones which reflect your values.
  2. Drive an elderly friend or neighbor to the polls to vote.
  3. Take care of your young friends’ children so they can vote.
  4. Volunteer to make phone calls for the candidate(s) who share your values.
  5. Pray on your knees before the God Who places all people in positions of authority.
  6. Beseech God for our state, nation, and leaders.

 

Lord, we pray that Californians will listen to their conscience on Election Day and vote for righteous men and women. May they be empowered with courage and perseverance in representing the truth.
 

Thank you for your efforts to get out the vote! See you at the Capitol!

 

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 5

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #5 – Sunday, November 6, 2022
Pray that our leaders will always pursue righteousness.
 
Lord, may our leaders strive to be righteous;
May they see and seek Your Truth above all.
May they lead with fear and humility.
Help us to hold them accountable
To Your high standards.
 
Psalm 58:11 – “And men will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on earth!’”
 
Pray that we will vote wisely and seek the Lord in our decision-making.
Grant us wisdom; grant us discernment.
Grant it to our leaders on every level,
And help us to live out our motto,
Trusting You — Who rules in the affairs of men.
 
Proverbs 18:15 – “The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 4

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #4 – Saturday, November 5, 2022
 
Pray for the Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf.
Lord, in a time of chaos and turmoil,
When words seem insufficient,
Draw us to our knees.
Give us the words to say.
Through the Spirit’s groanings,
Hear the petitions we cannot speak.
Lord, help us to see the world through your eyes so we may greater understand your mercy and grace.
 
Romans 8:26 – “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
 
Pray that we will trust only in the Lord.
While we live, we shall praise You, Lord.
Blessed are the people who put their trust
Not in the might of their armies or political prowess,
But who put their trust in You, the Great I Am.
 
Isaiah 26: 3-4 – “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.”

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 3

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #3 – Friday, November 4, 2022
 
Pray that we, as Christian citizens, would be good stewards of the responsibilities we have been given.
We pray for wisdom beyond cynicism.
We pray for eyes to see beyond insincere speeches.
May we look to You for guidance and
Look for men of integrity and character.
 
James 1:5 – “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
 
Pray that God’s people, His church, will persevere in proclaiming His Truth.
We pray that we may represent
Your grace and transforming power in our lives.
We pray for humility, kindness, perseverance,
And boldness, with longsuffering.
 
Ephesians 6:19 – “And pray on my behalf that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.”

Encourage-A-Legislator Prayer Project – Pennsylvania

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Encourage-A-Legislator Program

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – I Timothy 2:1-2

The Call to Prayer

I Timothy 2:1-2 instructs us to pray for our leaders. Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program offers our members and friends the vehicle to do this in an easy and meaningful way. It ensures consistent prayer for each legislator, and it encourages and builds bridges with conservative legislators as well as those who do not normally agree with us.

 

Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, independent, or other, they need our prayers. This next legislative session, CWA plans to deliver those prayers.

The Goal

The goal of the EAL program is to encourage each member of the State House and Senate by praying for them on a regular basis and sending them a postcard throughout the legislative session.

 

The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities.

The Commitment

We provide the name and address of the assigned legislator(s) and the postcards, and you commit to praying for your assigned legislator(s) daily, if possible, while the legislature is in session, and then mail an EAL postcard monthly until the conclusion of the twelve month session.

The Pennsylvania Legislature

The Pennsylvania legislature is in session from January through December and consists of 203 House members and 50 Senate members.

Answer the Call

Sign up today to be an encourager—it couldn’t be easier!

Sign up by contacting CWA of Pennsylvania at (570) 567-4171 or by email at [email protected] and provide them with your name and physical mailing address. Be sure to specify how many legislators you would like to encourage. They will then enlist you as an encourager and send you a packet of postcards and instructions in early January.

Spread the Word!

Please encourage your friends and family to sign up.

 

Consider making this a family project by involving your children.

 

Print and distribute information about this great opportunity to pray and encourage your state legislators. Click here for a printable push card. Print them double-sided on cardstock or order them through the contact information above.  

Blind Leadership

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Another major speech by President Joe Biden this week reminds us that our nation is headed toward a cliff if we do not change course. Such is the fate of the blind leading the blind. And “blind as a bat” would be an apt way to summarize this speech.

 

With American troops on the ground in Ukraine, inflation still affecting American families, speculations of a possible housing market crash increasing, degrading conditions in America’s largest cities, facing significant challenges from our disastrous COVID response policies, and millions of Americans worried about crime in their neighborhoods, President Biden took to the airways on prime time to talk about –wait for it— MAGA Republicans.

 

Seriously.

 

I know it is a week before the election, but is anyone buying this drivel? On and on, he went about, “The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party, which is a minority of that party, as I said earlier, but it’s its driving force.” Okay.

 

The whole thing reeked of desperation in the worst possible way…

 

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Election 2022 Forecast

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Next week is the big day. On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, voters across the country will cast their ballot for the 2022 U.S. elections that will decide the makeup of the 118th Congress.

 

Let us begin with the upper chamber. One Senate seat must flip in order to achieve a Republican majority, and three seats must flip in order to achieve a pro-life, pro-woman, pro-parental rights majority. The U.S. Senate is considered a toss-up. As of this writing, seats in Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada are within reach of candidates Blake Masters (R), Herschel Walker (R), and Adam Laxalt (R), respectively. These candidates, if they succeed, would replace Sen. Mark Kelly (D) of Arizona, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) of Georgia, and Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D) of Nevada. Unfortunately, these incumbents have toed the line in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) radical leftist agenda. If candidates Masters, Walker, and Laxalt succeed, it would be a message that Americans have no tolerance for the policies of the current regime.

 

Wisconsin is also within reach of remaining with incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) and out of the hands of his opponent, Mandela Barnes. Finally, there is a chance that Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R) seat in Pennsylvania will remain within the Republican party. Candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz (R) is in a tight race with candidate and current Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D).

 

In the lower chamber, there is a strong prospect of a Republican majority. Only eight House seats must flip in order to flip the House from Democrat to Republican. About that same amount is necessary to achieve a majority that will advance pro-life, pro-woman, and pro-parental rights policy at the federal level. If this prediction holds true, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is on track to be the Speaker of the House.

 

In light of all this, up until the day of the election, Concerned Women for America is on the She Prays She Votes bus tour to generate voter turnout among women of faith. We hit the road for a 12-state, 40-stop, 3-week tour across the country to show support for Biblical values in public policy. Speakers like Jenna Ellis, Toni McFadden, and Reps. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and Yvette Herrell (R-New Mexico) have joined us. With Jenna, we had the opportunity to share the importance of voting and our invaluable right to select who represents us in our government. In multiple states, we prayed with community leaders for law and policy to help moms and families with unexpected pregnancies, to protect the unborn, to reflect how God created us male and female, and to help rather than hinder parents to raise their children. Check out our roundtables on our Facebook page here.

 

In all this, we cannot help but marvel at the privilege to vote. Of course, President Joe Biden and his leftist policies still control the White House. Indeed, there will be legislators who do not share a Biblical worldview and work to oppose this view at every turn. However, our vote is not just about who gets to be in control of government. Voting with our values in mind is just one small way we can shine His light in a world of darkness.

 

We heard an important message during our bus tour stop at First Church in Pearland, Texas. As Christians, we are called to live a Christ-filled life, which includes praying for the peace of the land in which the Lord has placed us. In Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord promises: “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He made this promise when the Jews were in a hostile land and after commanding them to pray for the community opposed to them.

 

Thus, we do not anticipate all of our legislative priorities becoming law quite yet. Nevertheless, we will continue to pray for the sanctity of life, the dignity of women, and parental rights to have representation in Congress that the American people do not currently enjoy. We pray for these policies because they are consistent with Biblical values, which contribute to rather than undermine human flourishing. Even amid the challenges that lay ahead, and regardless of the outcome, we can abide in the Lord’s promise and continue to share Christ’s love because He gave it to us first.

Even Lawyers Deserve Free Speech

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For Immediate Release:

November 03, 2022    

Women’s Groups File Joint Amicus Brief to Protect

Free Speech in Legal Profession

 

Lawyers cannot be held hostage by political activism”

 

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) and Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) have filed a joint amicus brief calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit to uphold rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment in the case of Greenberg v. Lehocky.

 

In 2020, Pennsylvania’s Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g), a rule limiting attorney speech rights, was struck down by the  U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved a revised version of Rule 8.4 (g) imposing a sweeping restriction on conduct that is harassment or discriminatory based upon race, sex, “gender identity” or expression, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status. CWA and WoLF urge the 3rd Circuit to uphold the U.S. District Court decision that Pennsylvania Rule 8.4(g) violates free speech protections under the First Amendment. 

 

“WoLF and CWA see eye to eye that a direct threat to women in Rule 8.4(g) is intimidating attorneys from truthfully declaring what a woman is,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “Protecting the status and dignity of women and girls on the basis of immutable sex characteristics is a shared interest that transcends politics. CWA proudly joins with our allies on the Left in this brief to fight for the fundamental right to speak freely and openly that a male is male and a female is female. Lawyers cannot be held hostage by political activism that seeks to redefine basic facts as harassment or hate speech.”   

 

“Attorneys must be allowed, both inside and outside the courtroom, to speak freely and clearly about basic facts, including the fact that men are male and women are female,” said Mahri Irvine, Executive Director of the Women’s Liberation Front. “This new rule endangers legal professionals; they could be accused of ‘harassment’ simply for making factual statements about men and women in the courtroom and in a wide variety of professional or social settings. Under this new rule, practicing law has become a more perilous profession for attorneys who do not believe in gender ideology.”

 

As the brief explains, the impact of speech codes is evident in current court cases seeking to protect the sex-based rights of female athletes who are displaced by males identifying as women:  “A lawyer’s assertion that a particular competitor is not female, for instance, may be viewed by some as ‘denigrating’ the competitor based on ‘gender identity’ and therefore subject to sanction under Rule 8.4(g).”

 

“Rule 8.4(g)’s prohibitions create a viewpoint-based chilling effect that will make it harder for lawyers to engage in the very thing that CLE’s, bench-bar conferences, and similar events should contain: free and open discussions and debates about important issues,” the WoLF and CWALAC amicus brief concludes.

 

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at www.ConcernedWomen.org

 

WoLF is the country’s largest radical feminist organization; WoLF’s mission is to restore, protect, and advance the rights of women and girls through legal argument, policy advocacy, and public education. More information is available at www.womenarefemale.org.

Less than a week out … what the polls are telling us (or not)

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One of the “outtakes” from the 2020 election was the dismal state of polling and whether, or to what extent, they could be relied upon in the future. In a nutshell, pollsters were burned in 2020. Virtually every national poll leading up to the presidential election in the final week had Joe Biden beating Donald Trump handily. As it turned out, the error in those predictions was the worst showing in 40 years. Even after nine months of “diagnosing” what went wrong, the possible answers by those in the practice were guesses at best.

 

A few reasons for miscalculation were identified – including the wildcard of Covid 19 – but in the end, most practitioners threw their hands in the air. “Major errors” were admitted, but “no consensus on a solution has emerged” about how to fix it was the much anticipated statement from a group of top Democrat pollsters

 

What does the experience of 2020 tell us as we close out 2022? Should we believe the polls? Does it matter?   

 

Even if we see a tide rising, the short answer is, polls should never be an indicator of how we respond or act. They may be a sign of hope or disappointment, but they should never influence our commitment to the process. Election integrity for us as individuals has as much to do with acting on our convictions about the importance of a representative democracy. It means to practice what we preach in prayer and action. It means we never downplay the importance of any office or initiative on the ballot, and we encourage our neighbors to recognize that, too. 

 

If you are in a slam dunk state where the primary was the “general,” it still matters that you vote. If you are undecided on an issue or candidate for a particular office, take that matter to prayer and ask for the wisdom to know what to do. Then vote. Even if you are decided, pray anyway! Pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven, and for these elections and outcomes to play their part in His bigger plan. Whether or not we can trust the polls, we know in Whom we trust. 

 

Let us pray, Lord, may the motto of our nation, in God we trust, be the result that brings honor and glory to You in this election. 

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 2

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #2 – Thursday, November 3, 2022
 
Please pray today that we would seek after righteousness in our nation.
Lord, help us to seek after righteousness,
Justice, and all that is good and true.

Psalm 23:3 – “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake.”
 
Pray that as a nation we would love and worship God.
Teach us to love You, Lord —
To obey You,
To honor You;
Teach us to worship You.

II Corinthians 5:14 – “For the love of Christ controls us.”

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 1

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Day #1 – Wednesday, November 2

 

Pray for healing and unity in our nation. 
Holy Father, we humbly ask you to heal the hurt in our nation,
Bridge the divide that continues to grow.
Help us to recognize our need for you – our deep sickness from sin.
Help each of us to be a bandage in our communities through sharing your love.
 
Mark 3:24 – “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”

 

Pray for humility and repentance.
Heavenly Father, turn our eyes inward, and open our eyes to our wrongdoings.
Draw this nation back to You, that we may bring honor to Your name.
 
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

Download the Seven-Day Election Prayer Guide.

Rejoice, Even While Enduring Name-Calling

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The She Prays She Votes bus tour is a concrete representation—a tribute—to the truth that the Lord is sovereign over all things, which includes American politics. Every American has the right to civic engagement, Christians included. It is an honor that we get to be a part of the democratic process in this way.

 

But what to do about the name-calling? Have you been called a “hypocrite” for trying to engage in politics with a Biblical worldview? Have you been lumped in with the amorphously defined category known as “Christian Nationalist”? You are not alone. Concerned Women for America (CWA) President and CEO Penny Nance, and Annabelle Rutledge, National Director for Young Women for America, joined Washington Journal to discuss the bus tour. They were called “hypocrites” by at least one caller on the line. “Christian Nationalist” is another term that pops up from time to time in the news.

 

Such comments are bound to arise whenever we put ourselves out there as the face for civically engaged women of faith. It is important to understand these comments and how to respond to them. Here are some ways to think about this topic when the conversation comes up with colleagues, friends, or family. Ultimately, such labels are a result of a misunderstanding of the proper role of faith in politics.

 

First, we can rest on the fact that Scripture tells us to expect these slights and treat them as a blessing. In the Beatitudes, Jesus states, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me” Matthew 5:11 (NIV). Note the emphasis on verbal attacks. This is exactly what we face in the present day when we are called “hypocrites” or “Christian Nationalist.” We can expect this when we share our belief in Scripture or share why we apply those beliefs to every aspect of our lives, including how we vote.

 

Why is it a blessing? The reasons are numerous. But the final caller into the Washington Journal was an immediate blessing for the bus tour team. She shared how alone she felt in her community for her belief in the Bible. She shared how encouraged she was that there was a group of people actively trying to share Jesus in the political realm. Through the name-calling, the team was given the gift of giving encouragement to a fellow believer.

 

We must always respond to verbal attacks firmly, respectfully, and with a Biblical perspective. Of course, no one is perfect or always does this perfectly. But with this sincere intention, the Holy Spirit will use our imperfect selves and “will teach [us] at that time what [we] should say” Luke 12:12 (NIV). When done right, we may not get the other person to vote for the same party, but that person has a shot at getting a better glimpse of the Lord because of our constructive engagement.

 

What about the phrase “Christian Nationalist”? The phrase often (though not exclusively) amounts to little more than name-calling. For instance, one article blames today’s “Christian nationalists” for the antisemitism towards Jews, then calls for the solution for the GOP to condemn antisemitism (it has many times over, including one condemnation from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia)). Another article throws in the word “white” for good measure. One of CWA’s core issues is support for Israel, and we abhor anti-Semitism. We also strongly condemn racism, knowing that the Lord created all of us in His image. But the phrase “Christian Nationalist” is just another convenient tool to hit well-worn media punching bags.

 

Sometimes, the phrase receives a veneer of credibility. “Christian Nationalism” has been mentioned by a Member of Congress in a floor speech as a threat to the nation. He cites the report by Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), “Christian Nationalism and the January 6, 2021 Insurrection.” Notably, BJC comes from a philosophy that faith must remain out of the public square. For instance, it supports the Johnson Amendment, which creates a chilling effect on religious leaders’ ability to discuss politics with congregants. FFRF frequently files suit to remove religious imagery from public property. It is important to keep these perspectives in mind. But even on the merit of the report alone, the supposed case against “Christian Nationalism” is really a superficial attack against former President Donald Trump and his supporters.

 

In addition to attributing qualities of racism and nativism to “Christian Nationalism,” the Member and the report lump in a host of other qualities. The report references support for “Trump and Trumpism.” The Member describes unnamed Members of Congress, unnamed officials in the previous administration, and presumably Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. Mrs. Thomas in particular said things that—according to the Member—“smacked of White Christian nationalism.” It is a shameful accusation given that Justice Thomas, Mrs. Thomas’ husband, is African-American. Those who broke into the Capitol deserve the consequences of their actions. But “Christian Nationalism,” as it has been put forth by its theoreticians, is a label to oppose conservatives.

 

What are some statements one can make in response to claims of “hypocrisy” or “Christian Nationalism”? Here is a short list:

  • I am a Christian because I believe the Gospel.
  • The Gospel is God’s message to us through Scripture to reconcile us to Him because we have strayed and sinned.
  • Our reconciliation is possible because Christ died for our sin.
  • Christ’s love and role in our lives transcends, age, race, and any other category you can think.
  • Laws and government best serve the people when they reflect values in Scripture. This is true even for nonbelievers.
  • We often partner with groups of other faiths and no faith so that these values are reflected in law and policy.
  • These values are cross-sectarian because they are good.
  • Although, God wants nonbelievers to be reconciled to Him, too.
  • America was founded on principles of religious freedom and free expression.
  • The Constitution preserves my right to advocate for Biblical values.
  • Everyone has the right to vote for the candidate who most closely maps onto views rooted in their beliefs and faith, which for me is:
    • respect for the sanctity of life in order to honor God’s creation,
    • preserving the traditional family and the categories male and female in order to reflect His design for humanity, and
    • freedom to exercise one’s faith in the public square, including our jobs, in order to show His love for us and declare His glory.

 

Be encouraged! We can stand firm on the truth that the Lord wants the unborn child to survive, the girl to be comfortable in her own body with a loving mother and father, and the missionary to serve the vulnerable. By deciding and encouraging others to vote for the candidate that reaches this outcome, we are trying to implement Biblical values in public policy and bring human flourishing to all.

Will You Pray and Fast?

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Dear Prayer Partner,

 

You have probably heard it said many times during this election season that this election represents a critical turning point in our history. I believe the results of this election will determine whether or not this Republic will survive as we know it. But I also rest in the knowledge that God places people in positions of authority, and as a sovereign God, He moves them as He chooses. “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” (Romans 13:1). “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” (Proverbs 21:1)

 

I can so relate to the story of Esther in the Old Testament.  When she was faced with the dire situation facing her country, she said,  “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. (Esther 4:16) 

 

Like Esther, I am asking you to consider setting aside, between now and November 8, a day of fasting and prayer for our nation and the situation in which we find ourselves. Would you fast as you can, whether it be a 24-hour fast or a shorter fast? I believe that fasting is a way of humbling ourselves before God. As we fast and pray, we acknowledge that He is sovereign over all things, and even though He does all things according to His will, He requires that His people seek His face and His plan. 

 

“ … Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (Nehemiah 4:14)

 

Your prayer partner,
Penny Nance
CEO and President