An organization aimed at “motivating Christians in America to be active and involved citizens” has headed to Washington, D.C., this week to deliver a letter to each member of Congress about the importance of faith and values.
The purpose of the letter, which was drafted by My Faith Votes and was signed by 20,000 Americans — including a pool of well-known faith leaders — is to inform each member of Congress about the current issues that are important to Christian citizens.
Among the signatories are popular personalities and faith leaders such as J.D. Greer, Tony Evans, Johnnie Moore, David Jeremiah, Kirk Cameron, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Dr. Alveda King, among many others.
The letter opens with signatories explaining why they have drafted it, as they also offer up a pledge to pray for America’s leaders.
“The Bible urges Christians to make ‘petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving… for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness’ (1 Tim. 2:1-2),” the text explains. “So from the beginning of this letter, we acknowledge our responsibility as followers of Jesus and citizens of this nation to always pray for your prosperity and well-being. Your success is the success of every American.”
From there, the text goes on to detail the key issues today that many evangelicals are concerned about, including religious freedom, the state of marriage and family, protecting human life and “compassion and care for the least of those in our society.”
“Over the past few years, religious liberty has come under heavy attack,” the letter reads. “Christians especially, but also Muslims and members of other faiths, have found themselves having to choose whether to live with a clear conscience or capitulate to the demands of a society that doesn’t want faith to have a place in the public sphere.”
The letter — which will be delivered to each member of Congress and to senior political leaders this week — asks politicians to commit to protecting religious liberty.
And the portion that implores leaders to protect human life affirms that “value is based on being made in the likeness of God” and calls for respect for all men, women and children, including the unborn.
“As leaders of our nation, we ask you to defend the sanctity and dignity of human life through the government policies you support,” the letter reads.
In addition to these calls to politicians, the text heralds marriage as an essential building block of society, and seeks the protection of that unity in order to have a more stable nation. The final issue covered in the letter is care for the poor, with signatories asking for politicians to foster “stronger partnership between our churches and government programs” to help meet those needs.
“Faith makes America stronger,” the letter concludes. Read it in its entirety here.
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