Can One Person Make a Difference?

Same sex marriage, abortion, pornography, child abuse, and the elimination of God from our culture scream from the media. I often feel like switching off the news, canceling my newspaper subscription, and closing my door to the world. We are daily bombarded with news of sinful and destructive behavior, which is not only accepted by our society, but also voted as legal in our nation. Exercising our rights as Christians to speak up and voice our opinion is looked on as hateful, instead of being constitutionally protected freedom of speech. What can I do? What can you do? Happily, more than we think.

Watching Christians recently throughout the United States begin to stand up and be counted for traditional marriage was a joyful experience. We won a battle, but not the war.

It is time to act on our love for the Lord and our desire to preserve family values by speaking out against the tide of sin and deceptive social behaviors. Some people believe that Christians have no business in politics and voicing their faith. It is not only proper for Christians to be involved in the political process, but also our responsibility.

The Bible states in James 4:17, "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins" (NIV). We are responsible to act on the knowledge we have of what is right and wrong. Doing nothing is allowing our witness to remain silent, which is like casting a vote of support for the ungodly behaviors of our society.

A politician views contacts from his constituents regarding an issue as representing a score of people who feel the same way but choose to be silent. Every letter, phone call, and email is important and makes an impression on those in public office. We can't wait for the other person to be our voice.

We can be involved in numerous ways, and it takes only a few moments to speak out for a godly way of life. Contact your state and national senators and representatives by making a phone call, sending a letter or an email, or signing a petition. In some cases, certain businesses will need to be contacted. Be consistent and systematic in this endeavor. By doing so, we will be giving politicians and business leaders a witness of our faith and our desire to live in a nation that honors God and traditional family values.

Contact your pastor and request permission to place some printed information in your church's foyer, bookstore, or library from the organizations listed below. Making this information available to the people of your church is a tremendous way to encourage them to become involved. For instance, Stronger Families of Oregon has a professional-looking magazine titled Parent's Resource Guide to Internet Safety. They will send the number of copies requested and ask only to be reimbursed for the shipping charges.

Barbara Lighthizer

Following are several excellent organizations that will help you get started:

American Family Association

P.O. Drawer 2440

Tupelo, MS 38803

1-662-844-5036

www.afa.net

National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families

800 Compton Road, Suite 9224

Cincinnati, OH 45231

The Family Research Council

801 G Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

www.FRC.ORG

Stronger Families for Oregon

P.O. Box 948

Salem, OR 97308

Focus on the Family

8605 Explorer Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80995

719-531-5181

www.family.org

Allow your Christian witness to find a vibrant and important avenue to help turn our country back to its godly roots. Start today. One person can make a difference--and you can be that person.