Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inaugural Convention of Freedom Federation

June 30,2009
Washington, DC

Today the Liberty Counsel (http://www.lc.org/) announced the inaugural convention of the Freedom Federation, it describes as:
"a federation of some of the largest faith-based organizations in the country gathered in the Nation’s capital to plan, strategize, and work together on common interests within the Judeo-Christian tradition to mobilize their grassroots constituencies and to communicate faith and values to the religious, social, cultural, and policymaking institutions."
According to a press release for the event, "The constituents of these organizations are concerned about the spiritual, moral, cultural, and economic condition of the Nation." The convenor's self-description of the organization states:
"The Freedom Federation is a federation of individual, national, multi-ethnic and transgenerational organizations and leaders. The Freedom Federation is not a separate organization. It is a federation of organizations with large and unique constituencies that share common core values."
Director of Catholic Online, Ken Fornier, who represented Catholics at the gathering, on the organizations blog made the following statement regarding the purposes and goals of the Freedom Foundation:
On Tuesday we will come together as a “Freedom Federation” not to form any new organization but to stand together as Christians who are Americans and pledge, as did the founders of this Nation, our life our liberty and our sacred honor. At the top of our list of common areas wherein we will try to work together are these commitments to common action:

“To secure the sanctity of human life by affirming the dignity of and right to life for the disabled, the ill, the aged, the poor, the disadvantaged, and for the unborn from the moment of conception. Every person is made in the image of God, and it is the responsibility and duty of all individuals and communities of faith to extend the hand of loving compassion to care for those in poverty and distress."

"To secure our national interest in the institution of marriage and family by embracing the union of one man and one woman as the sole form of legitimate marriage and the proper basis of family; to secure the fundamental rights of parents to the care, custody, and control of their children regarding their upbringing and education; To secure the free exercise of religion for all people, including the freedom to acknowledge God through our public institutions and other modes of public expression and the freedom of religious conscience without coercion by penalty or force of law.”
A partial listing of some of the organizations expected to be represented at the conference, according to the convenor's announcement, included "some of the Nation’s largest constituents of youth, Hispanics, African-Americans, women, clergy, and churches" whose "common shared interests include faith, moral values, and freedom":
the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America’s largest Hispanic Christian organization; Teen Mania, reaching several hundred thousand youth each year; American Association of Christian Counselors, the largest Christian counseling organization with over 50,000 professional members; Liberty University, the largest evangelical university in the world with 50,000 students; Catholic Online; American Family Association; Family Research Council; Liberty Counsel; Liberty Alliance Action; Vision America; Morning Star Ministries; The Call to Action; Concerned Women for America; High Impact Leadership Coalition; Campaign for Working Families; Conservative Action Project; Traditional Values Coalition, a coalition of 45,000 evangelical churches; Faith and Action; Renewing American Leadership; National Clergy Council; Eagle Forum; Americans for Prosperity; Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND); Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN); and Strang Communications.
Among those attending the historic meeting representing the Charismatic stream of the Church was Rick Joyner, founder/director of Morning Star Ministries, who posted the following Facebook update regarding his attendance at the organizational meeting of the Freedom Federation:
"An extraordinary group is coming together to address some of the great issues of our times. There is great hope for the future! We'll have a press conf this afternoon. Regardless of how the media spins it. There is a "new right" gathering. Believe!"
Indeed, the formation of a "new right" that more accurately and comprehensively represents the commonly held principles and beliefs of genuinely Born Again, Bible-believing and -living Americans is long overdue. The last election not only drives that point home, but emphatically underscores the view held by myriad of believers in this nation that the precipitous freefall of America into the sure ruination of socialism, if not fascism, can only be arrested by an equally radical force emerging from the political right.

Perhaps such a "force to be reckoned with" will rise from the auspices of the newly forming Freedom Federation. The legitimate "right" at this stage can only hope. However, while hope is needful, hope is no strategy.

To succeed in its aspirations, a cornucopia of suspicions and doubts will have to be quickly and forcefully allayed by the Federation. Moreover, many definitive determinations will have to be made straightaway to attain the support and concordance of a highly skeptical and hugely diverse contingent of conservative Christians.

Topping the list is whether the plan will be the formation of a new political party or to concentrate the newly-amassed influence through a newly-constituted plank of Biblical conservativism within a rocked and reeling Republican Party still recuperating from the ineptness and hubris that produced the whopping of the last election debacle.

Following next is the need for a well-designed public relations strategy that moves the Biblical-believer base from its present place of collective abashment over our audacity of possessing political aspirations and ideations, despite the fact that it is the Bible-trained and Spirit-inspired who have a legitimate right to believe their participation in and contribution to the political realm could have a significant and productive impact on our nation and national society.

Maybe the dawn is at long last breaking, and genuine evangelical Christians will once again realize, as did the founding citizenry of this great nation, that because all authority, including civil authority, emanates from God, and the Christian walk is all about willful submission to His authority, no one is better equipped and suited for involvement in the arena of political service and governance.

Whether it be through the efforts and auspices of the Freedom Federation or whatever other political organization that may arise, let all genuine Biblical-believers pray that its stated goal of a grassroots mobilization of orthodox evangelicals to proactive engagement in the political process be realized, to the effect of motivating the ranks of America's "righteous" (in the Biblical sense) to rise up and seize upon the role that all of what is right requires they perform in righting the ship and regaining the republic's regality and world stature.

But, make no mistake—the realization of these righteous goals depend on God raising up a national contingent of righteous men prepared and empowered by the Spirit of God for the Herculean task required to halt and reverse the political momentum gained by the libertine left.

To set the course ahead, there's hardly a better place to look than to the ideals mapped out by a former President at the outset of a strikingly similar era three decades ago:
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government IS the problem.

From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.

...it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work—work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.

The crisis we are facing today...does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. [Ronald Reagan; First Inaugural Address (excerpts); January 20, 1981]

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