August 14, 2020

Dear Friend,

It’s a common talking point on left-of-center media & talk shows and programs. Why would Evangelicals embrace a President who has known to have lived most of his adult life in apparent contradiction to the basic tenets of Christian faith? How could Christians tolerate a president who has been through multiple divorces or made vulgar comments about women?

It’s a fair question and can be a tough one to answer.

LFF friend and ally Dr. Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, holds degrees from Harvard (BA), Westminster Seminary (MDiv), and Cambridge (PhD). He’s authored 15 books, including his newest, Politics - According to the Bible, and has spent significant time grappling with the theological implication of that very question.

This week, he published A letter to My Anti-Trump Christian Friend at TownHall, to explain how it’s possible for a Christian to objectively defend the president’s policy objectives – such as peace in the Middle East – while simultaneously rejecting past personal actions.

In every column that I’ve published in support of Trump, I have explicitly registered my disapproval of his character flaws and previous immoral behavior. I support him because of the policies he has enacted and will enact, and in spite of his character flaws,” Grudem said.

It’s a brilliantly written letter intended to assist Christians grappling with supporters or opponents to Trump policies, especially with other Christian friends. Click here to read it in full.

Here are a few of the stories we think deserve some attention as you head into the weekend:

An historic peace agreement has been finalized in the Middle East, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel agreeing to normalize diplomatic relations. UAE is the first majority Muslim nation to do so, and the deal appears to have been brokered by the Trump Administration. Just hours later, Palestinian leaders recalled their ambassador from the UAE in response to the news. The significance of this foreign policy win for the Trump Administration cannot be understated.

A federal appeals court has struck down a Florida school board’s policy that requires students to use showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms that correspond with their biological sex, claiming the policy as unconstitutional. This is a direct result of the unconscionable Bostock ruling issued by SCOTUS in June that inexplicably added sexual orientation and gender identity rights into federal law.

First Lady Donna Edwards is launching a new faith-based foster care initiative called One Church-One Family-One Child, and a corresponding Foster Care Summit on August 21. The focus of these efforts is to promote the involvement of the faith community with children in foster families in Louisiana. We support this excellent outreach by the First Lady and encourage interested parties to register for the free summit at this link.

Several members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation have signed onto a letter to the Trump Administration, asking that it discontinue healthcare tax deductions for abortion clinics, as, they say, abortion is not healthcare.

If you haven’t secured your copy of LFF’s 2020 legislative scorecard, click here to do so! See how your legislator voted to protect faith, freedom and family in BR!

If you or your church is interested in hosting a voter registration drive, you can download our new Best Practices document here and the Louisiana Voter Registration Application here. The deadline to register by mail or in-person is October 5th. You can also register to vote online at GeauxVote.com by October 13th.

As a reminder, many Louisianans will vote in municipal elections tomorrow. LFF encourages voters to show up for municipal elections and make your voice heard at the local level.

We are less than twelve weeks from the 2020 general election. Voters across our state and nation will step into the ballot booth to choose who is to lead. LFF is leading the way here in Louisiana through production of non-partisan, family values voter guide- available soon. We want every conservative voter to see who supports their values and who does not, but we need your help! Would you invest $25, $50, $75, $100, or more to help us reach every faith-filled voter in our state?

Thank you so much for your prayer and support of Team LFF!

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

 
 

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