Janet Porter is president of Faith2Action*: turning people of faith into people of action to WIN the cultural war TOGETHER for life, liberty and the family. Author of "The Criminalization of Christianity," she hosts a daily radio program from 2-3 p.m. Eastern and a daily radio commentary heard in 224 markets and at www.f2a.org.
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The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
Face it. We had a chance to join together to take our country back and we blew it. Where do we go from here? Brush yourself off and get back up. Forget about the leaders who disappointed you – those whose actions in the primary have led us to the mess we’re in. Forgive them, but remember what happened as a lesson to avoid in the future.
Now, it’s time to repent, regroup and re-organize.
Some need to repent of compromise; others need to repent of unforgiveness for those who compromised. But collectively, we must all repent of our nation’s sin, beginning with the innocent blood of more than 50 million American children.
We must regroup. We must understand that nationally, we’re going to be playing defense. We’re must rally together like never before to counter the most anti-life, anti-marriage and anti-freedom agenda this country has ever seen. That means the way we’ve “always done things” has become woefully inadequate. With press conferences, press releases and demonstrations, we’ve been doing cartwheels for the media in hopes they’ll cover what matters.
We must now recognize that the anti-family opposition already owns what we used to refer to as the “mainstream media.” The Media Research Center has shown there was between a 4-to-1 to a 10-to-1 bias for Obama during the elections. From the Washington Post admitting their bias with a “so what?” attitude, to Chris Matthews’ “thrill going up his leg,” there is simply no longer is any doubt about it.
Reuters reports that 35,000 stories appeared in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts within just one day of Barack Obama being sworn in as president.
A caller on my Faith2Action radio broadcast said he remembers President Bush getting a lot of favorable coverage when he was inaugurated. He suggested that Bush was treated the same. Hardly. Reuters reported that Obama’s inauguration received 35 times more coverage than President Bush’s. While there certainly was an historic nature to the event, the media mania that surrounds President Obama is simply scary.
And in a surprise visit to meet with the press corps Thursday night, Obama showed irritation at being asked a difficult question. He said, “I can’t end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I’m going to get grilled every time I come down here.” Yeah, ask the president a tough question and find yourself kicked off the plane, shut out of the press conference and never called upon again. Maybe they’ll call up the local police like they did in the primaries for any stations that might air an ad in opposition, or perhaps they’ll just go for the tried and true method to handle dissenters: an IRS audit.
Until we buy our own network, they own the television market. Not even Fox News would touch the multiple cases before the Supreme Court regarding Obama’s failure to verify that he’s a natural born citizen. They wouldn’t even let us buy it – as we were blocked from purchasing paid advertising by every network across the board. Now, Obama and the Democrats in Congress are aiming their guns at talk radio. Obama tried to marginalize Rush Limbaugh this week, but that’s just the start. The “censorship doctrine” is next, and if we’re going to hang on to our airwaves, we must be ready for the fight of our lives.
But we also need to be prepared should we fail. Until Obama’s “hate crimes” legislation starts drying up all the websites that stand for marriage between a man and a woman (like the 30 out of 30 states who put it to a vote), we still have an avenue to communicate with each other on the Internet. We’re going to need to work smarter. We must re-organize using the most advanced technology available to us.
And we must work together like never before. God has designed us to need each other and has already provided us the model. We are to function as a body, as the body of Christ – each performing a different function to achieve the same goal. Different functions working as one.
Our isolated, “island” approach has also led to our inferiority complex. Each group feels the “weight of the entire battle” because they don’t see the allied troops beside them who, like them, also feel like they are fighting alone.
There is a lesson to be learned from the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:6: “The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.’” If people worked together outside of God’s will and “nothing” would be “impossible for them,” how much more can we accomplish in unity within God’s will?
We must also move from defense to offense. “The Lord your God has given you this land to take possession of it.”(Deuteronomy 2:18b)
We have lost the ability to take back any real ground nationally until the midterm elections, but now we must recruit and rebuild the infrastructure for victory. But if we are to take back any significant ground in 2009 up to November 2010, it will have to be in the states. That’s where the personhood amendments, marriage initiatives and academic freedom proposals will be passed.
At the local, state and national level, we must write a plan that includes “victory.” Then follow it.
Working smarter, working together and working from an offensive strategy, we must brush ourselves off and get back up. It’s time to repent, regroup, and re-organize.