Not Voting is Not an Option

As the election unfolds today, millions of Americans – like me – will be distracted at work by the continuing coverage. We watch as the results pour in anticipating the outcome. But regardless of who you vote for, the key is to vote. I can’t think of another election in my lifetime that has been so critical than this one, and experts around the country agree. A recent article says“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said American Values President Gary Bauer. “The country is narrowly divided. Whichever side turns out in the greatest numbers will not only prevail on election day, but make all the most important decisions in how we’re governed, our religious rights, our free-speech rights, marriage and parenting. So it’s critically important that people who believe in those values turn out on Election Day.” The truth is, I would rather you go vote for someone I oppose than to sit home apathetic to what is happening around the country. Be informed. Be engaged. Be in prayer. God bless America. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Voting for Mitt Romney Instead of a Third Party Candidate

Jared Moore, writing at SBCVoices.com has an interesting article on why it may be unwise to vote for a third-party candidate in the presidential election. Many are unhappy with the two-party system and are planning to write in a candidate or vote for a third party candidate on the ballot. Some reason that neither Obama or Romney meet their religious qualifications for president and prefer another option. While I personally find this thinking suspect, perhaps Moore’s arguments for voting for Romney over a third party candidate will resound with you. Moore argues: “A Third party candidate will not win this election, a Third party may or may not be the best answer for a revolution against the two-party system, voting for a third party candidate may allow for the murder of millions.” The last thought is the one that hits me hardest. I can’t fathom writing in a name or voting third party when I know an Obama second term will result in millions more abortion. Romney doing what he has said, reinstating the Mexico City policy, defunding Planned Parenthood, defunding UNFPA, will save millions of lives worldwide. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

As the Nation Votes – Let Us Pray

pray voteToday millions of Americans will cast their vote for the next president of the United States. I don’t want to waste your time on this critical day because, by now, you have made up your mind who you will vote for. So there is no need for me to expound on the positions of each candidate any longer. The deadline has arrived, and the house is at hand.

I will say that it saddens me to think that there is potentially up to 30 million Christians who will be sitting home today, refusing to take part in this honorable American right that people world-wide covet. What a difference 30 million Christians can make when they stand together for biblical truth.

Oh I know, many of those Christians are home, praying for the country. It sounds so spiritual when they talk about being on bended knees lifting the country up to God. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking prayer. I’m a pastor after all. But I can’t help but imagine God in Heaven shaking His head at those that promise to pray while taking no action and wondering if they’ve ever read the book of James. I’m reminded of a quote from a recent article by Carl Gallups:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

News Release: FPCWV Announces 2012 Faith & Freedom Forums

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P.O. Box 566  /  Charleston, WV 25322  /  (304) 982-2803 /  www.familypolicywv.com 

NEWS Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2012

CONTACT:  Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq.
Phone: (304) 982-2803
E-mail:  info@familypolicywv.com 

FPCWV Announces 2012 Faith and Freedom Forums 

Voter forums to feature statewide, local candidates in Marion, Jefferson Counties.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) announced today that it is sponsoring two voter forums ahead of the 2012 elections.  The “2012 Faith and Freedom Forums” are sponsored by the FPCWV as a service to the churches hosting the events at the end of September.

“We believe that informed voters make the best voters,” said Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the FPCWV.  “It’s our pleasure to serve these churches, and the state as a whole, by sponsoring these opportunities for voters to engage the men and women asking for their vote.”

The 2012 Faith and Freedom Forums are a two-hour voter forum designed to provide candidates an opportunity to answer pre-submitted questions from those in attendance.  During the first hour, candidates for statewide office will be invited to participate, followed in the second hour by those running for West Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates.

The first event will take place on Saturday, September 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Fellowship Bible Church in Shennandoah Junction, WV.  Then, on Sunday, September 23, from 6-8 p.m., the second Faith and Freedom Forum will be hosted by Trinity Assembly of God in Fairmont, WV.  For details and to submit questions, please visit FamilyPolicyWV.com/Action.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

My Most Favorite Topic of Conversation – Christian Engagement in Politics!

by Tom Stark, 06/23/2012

religion in politicsQuite often I like to read the comments following on-line articles to get a sense of what other readers feel is important within the article, topic, or position taken by the author.  In the case of Gary DeMar’s article at Godfather Politics for some reason I was unable to access the comments to read them.  This disappointed me, but the gist of the article was music to my ears!

DeMar raises the most important question that can be asked of Christians today.  Should Christians disengage from Politics?  To that I shout a resounding, “No!”  And here is why.

Most importantly, the day the Community of Christ disengages from politics is the day that it admits defeat, turns politics over to the unbelievers, and folds its tents to head for the desert again.  How can we expect to elect leaders with a moral grounding in principled Truth if we do not get involved?  If we fail to involve ourselves in the process of selecting our leaders, how will we know how we should vote?

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

CNN Poll Concludes Most Americans are Pro Life

Will Presidential Candidates listen to Americans on abortion?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/27/2011

Martinsburg, WV – as election campaigns heat up and races get more focused there will be a narrowing of issues leading back to some of the main concerns Americans continue to have. For conservatives – Republican and Democrat alike – one issue where common ground is found is on the issue of abortion. More than once surveys have shown broad bi-partisan support for limiting abortion and a recent CNN Poll is no different.

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Americans stand strong in favor of life

 

This new CNN Poll concludes, nearly the same as an earlier Gallup Poll did, that nearly two-thirds (62%) of Americans want to see a majority of abortions made illegal. It would be hard to argue that the findings reflect only Republican or even conservative American opinion. The issue of abortion has taken on a political position all its own as both Democrats and Republicans are tired to seeing innocent children killed and millions of dollars wasted in the form of Planned Parenthood and other abortion business funding.

Consider these findings from the CNN Poll:

*The survey found 25 percent of Americans want all abortions legal while 21 percent want all abortions illegal, and it had a large group of 53 percent of Americans saying abortions should be legal only under certain circumstances.

*In total, 62 percent of Americans want all or most abortions to be prohibited while only 37 percent of Americans want all or most abortions kept legal — the position of President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Does Justice Matter? It Should for Our Next President

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/08/2011             

Martinsburg, WV – I like to read good writing on political issues. The problem is that it can be hard to find good writing on political issues because many of the so-called “topSeal of the president of the United States writers” lean to the left – some more than others – and their liberal social agenda is distasteful. So when I do find something that is tastefully written I consume it and try to share it.

Enter, a recent piece by Ed Whelan writing at The Public Discourse website. Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, was part of the 2012 Election Symposium with his submission entitled “Defend Our Laws: Justice Matters”. His writing encompasses some of the most vital issues to the American people, and some that we at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia fight regularly to uphold and defend.

Specifically, Whelan is addressing what should be top priorities for any republican presidential candidate in the upcoming 2012 election. He mentions everything from the role of the Supreme Court and possibility of replacing any number of justices during his term to allowing the American people to vote on abortion and defending DOMA.

In reality, we need a strong leader. We have, unfortunately, been victim to far too much partisan politics and political pandering over the last few years. The office of president has taken a major hit recently in quality, qualified leadership. We need a president of will, resolve, and fortitude in the mold of Reagan, Lincoln, and Washington (just to name a few of my personal favorites). Whelan, here, gives some benchmarks for candidates seeking to be our next Commander in Chief. Read his article below.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

For the Record: Gov. Perry and Abortion

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/26/2011

Rick Perry presidential candidateMartinsburg, WV – In our continuing effort to bring you critical information regarding potential presidential candidates I am highlighting the latest GOP candidate to toss his hat into the ring; and a big, Texas sized hat it is. Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially declared that he will seek the GOP nomination to run for president against president Obama in 2012. Many details are yet to emerge about Gov. Perry, but one thing is crystal clear, he is a staunch pro-life advocate.

I have finally realized that there is no such thing as a “perfect candidate.” There will never be candidate for office that you or I will agree with 100% on every issue. However, what we can do by learning where candidates stand on the issue most important to us as Christians, as conservatives, or as citizens, it elect the best candidate for the job. Of the issues most important to me, including marriage, religious freedom and fiscal policy, the issue of life is at the top of the list. And, based on what I see from this recent report from Lifenews.com and The National Right to Life Committee, Gov. Perry has taken a stand for life.

On the issue of life the NRLC recently released a document comparing the position of President Obama with eight possible GOP candidates. This PDF document, which the NRLC encourages people to copy and distribute, is an excellent tool showing the facts of candidates’ position on life. Incidentally, I would encourage you to view this document and utilize it in educating yourself and others on this issue.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.