Since Ronald Reagan's sweeping victory in the 1980 presidential election, conservatives and people of faith have been the largest and most reliable voting block for the Republican Party. The GOP's longtime commitment to traditional values with a platform that doesn't mind placing those values front and center has made it the natural political home for people of faith.
In the last two elections however, faith voters haven't voted for the Republican candidate in the numbers or percentages that were typical in prior election cycles. As a result, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made a commitment last year not only engage non-traditional voters for our party, but also to re-engage our party's base. In the Chairman's words, "we can't just parachute in a few months before an election and expect to win the vote."
Currently there are an estimated eighty-nine million evangelicals who are eligible to vote in the US, but only about one-third of them cast a vote in the average election due to frustration with the direction of our country; and those numbers don't take into account millions of other faith-minded conservatives. more >>
Christians struggling with same-sex attraction and homosexuality are finding support in a nonprofit called Hope for Wholeness. The organization specializes in helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction to live Christ-centered lives.
Following the closure of Exodus International last June, McKrae Game, president and founder of Hope for Wholeness, and his team have continued to provide scriptural guidance and loving mentorship to Christians who are dealing with the sin of homosexuality.
Earlier this month, Hope for Wholeness hosted its first four-day conference in North Carolina called "Hope Rising" that was attended by 150 participants, including teenagers who were accompanied by their parents. more >>
Following accusations that she forged her travel documents as her family attempted to leave Sudan, Meriam Ibrahim has been freed.
According to The Associated Press, Eman Abdul-Rahman, Ibrahim's lawyer, confirmed on Thursday that she had been released from a police station after foreign diplomats lobbied to free her.
Ibrahim was released from prison on Monday, where she had been sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for her Christian faith. Her case has provoked international outrage. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a law in Massachusetts creating abortion clinic buffer zones for pro-life demonstrators was unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled Thursday morning that Massachusetts could not force pro-life demonstrators into "buffer zones" to prevent them from being located near an abortion clinic's entrance and exits.
According to SCOTUSBlog, the main focus of the decision stemmed from the buffer zone ordinance including public ways and sidewalks. more >>
I have often thought that if the Devil can't make a man bad he'll make him busy. When I am busy or in a hurry it is impossible for me to have quality relationships with God or people.
The Devil knows this and is able to hide behind any man's "busy" schedule to accomplish his goal: the destruction of his relationships. He is very aware of the fact that to really know someone a man must learn to slow his pace down to be present and connect. There are the simple mechanics of healthy relationships that can be easily destroyed through external over-commitment and its partner – hurry.
Satan's scheme gets men playing the "busy" card as a justification for lack of quality in their connections with God and people. A full and robust work life should be an expectation of men not a rationalization for why our relationships are weak – especially when it comes to your relationship with God. Get that. more >>
A new study from the University of Michigan suggests television shows and movies may affect their audience's perception of romance.
Researchers asked 625 college students ((233 men and 392 women) how often they watched 93 different romantic movies including "500 Days of Summer," "Crazy Stupid Love" and "In Time" and 17 different sitcoms such as "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory," and asked the respondents to fill out a survey assessing "their exposure to marriage-themed reality shows, such as 'The Bachelor' and 'Millionaire Matchmaker.'"
Their intent? To study the hypothesis that "the media may be teaching us what sorts of beliefs we should have about romantic relationships," said Julia Lippman, the study's lead author, who is a postdoc at the U-M Department of Psychology. more >>