Historic Australian Election Defends Marriage

While news outlets would have us believe marriage redefinition is accepted worldwide, Australia is proving such is not the case. In a historic election this the ruling Australian Labor Party, led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, lost to the Coalition, led by Tony Abbot, with Labor receiving its lowest primary vote since 1903. The belief is that the Labor Party’s recent change to support same-sex marriage cost them the election as Australians overwhelmingly voted for the party supporting marriage between one man and one woman.

A recent article states: “Dr. David Phillips, National President of Family Voice Australia, said the following day, ‘One of the reasons for such a clear defeat was Labor’s change of mind and support for same-sex marriage.’ Kevin Rudd promised to legislate for homosexual ‘marriage’ within one hundred days of being re-elected.” Australia has shown, once again, that marriage redefinition is not a universally accepted norm, but a plank in a liberal humanist platform. 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.

RNC Chairman Tries to Calm Party Fears

RNC party chairman Reince Priebus is trying to calm any fears the party base may have about social issues. Particularly, he wants to assure evangelical voters that the party’s position on social issues isn’t changing. He recent said: “I do believe, and I still will tell you that our party believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. Our party believes that life begins at conception. I think those are foundational issues that aren’t going anywhere, but what I have said, which I don’t think should be controversy at all and I would think that Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect and that’s not code language.”

Priebus is right, we do need to show grace, love, and respect when talking about these issues and dealing with people who may disagree. However, I hope Mr. Priebus understands that grace, love, and respect don’t mean accepting or affirming positions that are contrary to Scripture. It is never loving or respectful to affirm sin. 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.

Ugh. DNC Chair Tweets Hypocritical Claims

Evidently, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz thinks it is acceptable for the government to reach into health care and demand we all subsidize abortion and buy a government insurance plan. But, it is not acceptable for the government to protect unborn children that feel pain from the torture of abortion. This is the conclusion of her absurd tweets commenting on the 20 week abortion ban being voted on by the House of Representatives.

Wasserman-Schultz called the common sense protection an “extreme” bill that is a government over-reach. Hmm, where was that logic when ObamaCare was being passed. No other bill in recent history is more over-reaching into a private citizen’s health care decisions that ObamaCare. I guess government over-reach that pays for abortions if fine, but protecting kids from pain is not. 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.

PA School District Violated Students’ Rights

When a 5th grade student in Pennsylvania tried to hand out invitations to her birthday party being held at her church, she was told she could not do so. The school district said it violated school policy and the Constitution. The Alliance Defending Freedom got involved on behalf of the student to let the school know they were wrong. A recent article explains the schools position:

“The school district relied on two literature distribution policies, numbers 220 and 913, to justify its ban on the student’s fliers. It attempted to argue that the First Amendment freedoms of elementary-age students can be severely limited, but the 3rd Circuit rejected that argument, finding that ‘it is difficult to identify a constitutional justification for cabining the First Amendment protections…to older students.’ The court concluded, ‘The fact that K.A. was only in the fifth-grade and the invitation originated from her church does not mandate a different approach.’” It looks like the students rights will be upheld in this case, thankfully. Parents should take notice of cases like this so they can be prepared to defend their students rights when they are challenged, and they will be challenged. 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.

Great Commission Politics?

Great CommissionBy now, you have hopefully read two installments of a recurring blog series that we call, “Great Commission Politics.  Seth Polk started the series, followed by Kevin West just this past Sunday.  What you, perhaps, don’t know, is why we have labeled their blog entries, “Great Commission Politics.”

Let me explain.

The careful reader has already observed that Seth and Kevin share at least one thing in common: they are both pastors.  Seth is senior pastor of Cross Lanes Baptist Church, which Kevin is the executive pastor at Christ Temple Church in Huntington.  Beyond that, each has made significant contribution to the Family Policy Council of WV as a part of our Pastoral Advisory Council.

The “Great Commission” is that mandate given to all those who call themselves, “Christians” by Christ himself to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV).

That is the non-negotiable responsibility of every Christian.  The point of terming these posts, “Great Commission Politics” is to recognize and motivate our Great Commission duty. That has two simultaneous purposes.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

To Vote or Not to Vote? That Should NOT be the Question for Christians

voteI’ve heard a lot of talk surrounding the upcoming election on the part of Christians. I’ve even written a little about it in the past few months. Perhaps the most surprising thing to me is that an estimated 30 million Christians are not registered to vote. That’s a little like handing the option of who your boss is going to be off to your co-workers while you look the other way; it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

I’m not here to tell you who to vote for, that’s not my job. My job is to encourage you to vote because it is a right that every American ought to cherish and take seriously. How many people around the world hear of all the Americans that don’t vote and wish they could slap us up-side the head. I have a feeling a few million in China and North Korea – just to name two – would love the ability to elect leaders.

While I won’t tell you who to vote for, I will bring to light a couple of things I read recently that resonated within me.

Recently, James Dobson made an earnest plea for Christians to not only get out and vote but to take others with them and make sure others voted as well. He said:

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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.

Prominent Black Pastor Calls for Black Christians to Leave the Democrat Party

One prominent black pastor is making waves – and headlines – by calling for Christians in the African American community to “EXODUS NOW” the Democrat party. Bishop E.W. Jackson’s campaign is intended to challenge African American Christians to leave the Democrat party in response to the current positions on marriage, abortion, and religious freedom. A recent article states: “The impetus for EXODUS NOW, and what has given it credibility in the black community is the Democrat Party’s increasingly secular stand, particularly making ‘same-sex marriage’ an official part of the Party Platform. This came on the heels of a number of other actions which many Christians found objectionable: President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage; regulations ordering Catholic and other Christian institutions providing healthcare to distribute free contraceptives and abortion drugs; Convention speakers support for unrestricted abortion up to the moment before delivery; and taking God out of the party platform and no longer recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” In response to attacks on liberal blogs and news sites, Bishop Jackson said: “I do not intend to leave Christians in bondage to a party that is hostile to everything Christians hold dear. Either we worship and rely on God or we worship and rely on a political party. We are supposed to rely on Almighty God, not the government or any party. When a party disdains God and His word, as the Democrat Party clearly does, it is time to leave that party…This movement is not about Party, but principle; not about race, but righteousness. This is not about winning an election, but saving a generation.” I think Bishop Jackson has established a credible platform to challenge any Christian that has previously supported President Obama. 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.

DNC Believes “Gay Marriage” Will Help Party Win

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/06/2012

Despite the fact that not one state has ever voted to legalize same-sex “marriage,” and traditional marriage has been upheld in every state where voters have been given the chance to vote, the DNC believe taking the historic step of officially supporting same-sex “marriage” in their party platform will boost the party to victory. A recent article states: “Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I), a former Republican, believes the Democratic Party’s embrace of same-sex marriage will boost Democrats in swing states. ‘I think it is going to help,’ Chafee, who was a Republican while in the U.S. Senate, told The Hill on Tuesday. ‘This is the next civil-rights action.’ The formal 2012 Democratic platform, adopted Tuesday, includes first-time support for same-sex marriage.” Even though African American pastors formerly supporting Obama are now urging their congregations not to support Obama until he changes his position, even though Hispanic communities are wavering in their support over the issue, even though deeply Democratic voters are planning to vote for someone other than Obama, the administration and the DNC still think this is a winning issue. They say conservatives supporting traditional marriage are out of touch on the issue, but as I’ve been saying all along, we are in the majority on the issue. 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.

DNC Makes History by Adopting Support for Same-Sex “Marriage”

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/05/2012

The DNC is expected to make history this week by adopting support for same-sex “marriage” into it’s platform. Never before has an official political party adopted such a position, but sources say the president’s “evolution” on the issue which culminated in his public support in May has bolstered the party to officially adopt the position in the party platform. One report says: “[T]he Democratic Party will make history Tuesday when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform…delegates to the convention are also expected to support overturning the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.” While many would have us believe that a majority of Americans support same-sex “marriage” and want to see it legalized, the polls indicate otherwise. So far, 32 states have been allowed to vote on the issue, all 32 have voted to support traditional marriage; even very liberal California. The evidence says that Americans don’t, in fact, support homosexual “marriage” and continue to support traditional marriage. While conservatives are called “out of touch” for this position, it would seem, based on the evidence, that we are the majority. 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.

Democrats Remove All Mention of God from Party Platform

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/05/2012

Maybe it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Democrats have removed all mention of God from their party platform this year. As the party seems to push farther left in an effort to secularize our nation from it’s Judeo-Christian roots religious freedom and all things “faith” related seem less important to them. One report says of this news: “Guess what? God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform…The Brody File has calls into DNC to explain why God’s name has been dropped from the platform. Some critics will suggest that when you have planks in your platform that support abortion rights and gay marriage then it’s no wonder that God’s name would be dropped as well.” It’s a valid claim. How can the name of God be attached to the most pro-abortion, pro-homosexual president in U.S. history and those that support him? A cursory reading of Scripture reveals to me that God supports life, ordained and blessed traditional marriage, and advocates for living by one’s faith in public as well as private. I don’t see any resemblance to our president and these basic tenets of faith. 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.