The responses to my column on “What do we do now?” have been challenging, to say the least. Because I am hearing some common themes in the responses, I think a follow-up column is in order.
First, I keep hearing complaints about pastors not doing their part in America’s culture war. Please be clear: I am not calling on pastors or churches to enjoin political battles. Pastors are not politicians, or shouldn’t be anyway. My call was primarily to secular and para-church organizations, though there are some denominations which tend to be politically active as a group.
The primary mission of the church, according to Jesus, is to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” That doesn’t mean Christians shouldn’t be politically involved, but neither does it mean pastors should be leading political battles.
Where pastors are slipping up, in my opinion, is in not grounding their flocks in Scripture and helping them to move out in ministry to reach the lost. Had they been doing so like they should have the last 40 years, our nation would not contain such a large number of moral reprobates – and many of these political battles would not need to be fought now.
Second, I am hearing a lot of noise about the dangers of an “umbrella organization,” how the diversity of so many groups is a good thing, etc. But I am not advocating a merger into a single, gigantic corporation. What I am saying is that key organizations need to form a coalition that centralizes communication and fund-raising efforts, while coordinating a focused political assault.
Such a group needs to be large enough that it will draw the attention – and, hopefully, the support – of the 50 million-plus citizens who can have a positive impact on restoring our Constitution to its rightful place in our nation’s political and judicial decisions.
People are so overwhelmed with so many battle fronts, so many issues to come up to speed on, so many requests for funds – in addition to the normal craziness of their lives – that they are disengaging. Fund letters go in the trash, important issues don’t get the attention they require, and despair sets in.
One leader of a Christian organization cited my example of Alliance Defense Fund as an example of an umbrella organization that already exists. But he neglected to mention the ACLJ, Rutherford, the Pacific Justice Institute, Liberty Counsel, FIRE, etc. They all want people’s money, they all want people’s attention and they all deal with legal battles. And this is just one very small example of how citizens are pulled in multiple directions by organizations with different priorities, but redundant functions.
Respectfully, this is insane. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. There is no unified, cohesive battle plan. We are not focusing our enormous resources – we are scattering them all over a highly littered battlefield. We need to prioritize our efforts and then execute our plan in such a way that it has serious, substantial impact.
Part of the problem is that most of these kinds of groups continue to support the Republican Party, but then fail to hold them accountable. It’s way past time to either force politicians to fulfill their campaign commitments and to defend the clear and original intent of the U.S. Constitution – or to change loyalties to a party and politicians who will be accountable. But we are doing neither. Because we are not united.
I’ll say it again: The leaders of these organizations all need to rise above their personal and institutional pride. They need to move beyond funding and organization-building. And most importantly, they need to sacrificially work together for the common good.
Though some people have expressed concern about the possible dangers of an umbrella organization, the reality is that our nation is facing the very real dangers of global government, death by judicial decree, homosexual marriage, the end of property rights, the demonization of all things Christian and Jewish, and, seeing our sons and daughters being drafted into the military.
Interestingly, all of these abuses arise from disrespecting our Constitution.
If a large enough group of these key organizations in areas such as family issues, legal battles, persecution of Christians and Jews, political advocacy, legislation and policy research, voting records, etc. could form the sort of coalition we need, they could very well make their case to current supporters, disenfranchised voters – and anyone else interested – that they represent our very best chance of getting America back on track politically. As such, they could easily convince people to focus their money, time, prayers and efforts on helping this coalition to succeed. And success, dear readers, breeds hope.
Such a coalition needs to focus on restoring the Constitution to its proper place in our nation. There are many ways and levels on which that war can be fought and it will no doubt be uncomfortable at first to get everyone moving together as a team. But darn it, we need to all start playing from the same page instead of spinning our wheels in so many different directions. We all have gifts and abilities we can contribute, but they need to be focused.
So again: Contact the leaders of the religious and political organizations you support. Send them this column. As a suggestion, start with Focus On The Family. Because of their already diverse nature and size, they have the clout and momentum to get something like this rolling. Dr. James Dobson, who leads the organization, is a person of enormous integrity and ability. We’ve got to make this happen. And it must happen soon.