November 2, 2021

Dear Friends

The latest NBC News poll finds that 71% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Just 22% say we're on the right track. Those are deeply concerning figures.  

I have no doubt that the Biden Administration on virtually every major issue – from Afghanistan to the border, COVID and the economy – partially explains these dismal numbers. But I believe there are other fundamental problems that may contextualize all of this:

America is becoming less religious, and less Christian. Not coincidentally, every year we lose more freedom. The founding fathers predicted this. They said only a moral and virtuous people could sustain this Republic.  

A related trend is that fewer Americans are biblically literate. (For more on this subject, check out this recent presentation by Dr. George Barna with Foundations of Freedom.) At America's founding, we were probably the most biblically literate society in the history of the world. Today if the Bible is mentioned in our culture, it's usually to condemn or mock.  

Every year, we become more diverse and more divided. Diversity can be good, if everyone agrees on the same set of fundamental values. But when diversity extends to differences on fundamental beliefs of life and death, liberty and value, tribalism grows as there are fewer basic issues to unite America and we grow further apart. 

There's more, of course – the breakdown of the family, the coarsening of culture, the decline of respect for law enforcement. But without the revival of faith, the renewal of Judeo-Christian values and a recommitment to basic morality, America will continue in the wrong direction.                                                                                      

Source: Gary Bauer, American Values

 

Behind the scenes, Democrats in the United States Senate are working to establish federal veto power over state election laws.

Recently, the Judiciary Committee heard testimony on HR 4, which would give the Department of Justice the power to review and overrule any changes in state voting laws. This means that state laws that require photo identification to vote or a system to regularly update voting rolls could be simply rejected by the Justice Department.

If HR 4 passes, it would be an egregious overstep. Each state has the right to ensure that its voting procedures are designed to protect the integrity of an election. If voters do not trust the process, they will have trouble trusting the outcomes of elections, which spells doom for our democracy.

 

Image: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Shaquille O’Neal has some tough love for his six children when he tells them, "We are not rich, I'm rich." He does this because he wants his children to make their own way in the world!

Shaq wants to make sure his children carve out their own paths, and he even recently stated that he does not want to be considered a "celebrity" anymore because of the way they often treat people and the irrational things they sometimes say.

His approach to parenting is refreshing, especially among the more famous crowd.

 

Rest in peace to my friend, Bishop Eugene Wellington, Sr., a giant in the Kingdom of God and Louisiana.

Please keep Eugene’s wife, children, family, and congregation in your prayers.

 

Friends, remember that God tells every believer that faith, even the size of a mustard seed, can move mountains! Imagine what happens when we figure out we are here to exercise and allocate our faith and expropriate the enemies' authority.

During these times that feel very dark, remember, it's a target rich environment for Christ, who can do all things, through those who behave as though they actually believe!

Go ahead…believe BIG!


Gene Mills
President, Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Click here to see Louisiana Family Forum's Voter Guide with your personalized ballot for the upcoming election on November 13th!

 

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