The Value Voters Summit took place in our nation’s capital from September 8th to 11th. The line-up of speakers was like none other. Some said that it was by far the best one yet. It was my first time to attend and as a result, I was inspired to make a more significant contribution to turn our nation in the right direction. Let me share a few highlights.
Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council opened the sessions giving us hope for America quoting John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Senator Tim Scott from, South Carolina followed with the same thought that America’s future requires our nation to love which will cause us to fight for religious liberty. If we divide into white, black, red, yellow, we fail to love. Senator Scott encouraged us to live our values. He said, our enemies aren’t afraid of our anger, but they are afraid of our values and our love. I don’t recall who said this at the conference, but I thought it was right on. They said that we are all one race – the human race.
Gary Bauer, who will be FHA’s keynote speaker at this year’s annual Sioux Falls Stand Banquet also encouraged us to stand up for the values that made America great. He said this year’s election is critical, “It’s a Flight 93 Election” – let’s roll! Let us be bold and courageous.
Actor Kirk Cameron shared the stage and we previewed a clip of his new movie to be released in theatres on October 18, called “Revive Us.”
Twin brothers, David and Jason Benham were exceptional speakers as they mixed humor along with deep spiritual truths as it relates to the condition of our country. They said the problem isn’t the presence of darkness, but the absence of light. Let each of us be that light in our own sphere of influence.
George Barna, founder of the Barna Research Group had many insightful messages to share, such as, “We must experience spiritual brokenness in our nation. God has never waited for a majority to transform a nation.” He also shared some trends. Some are 1) Citizens prize intellect, but they are motivated by emotion. People don’t actually know the issues. 2) America takes its blessings for granted. 3) Churches are poised to be on the sideline rather than people of influence. 4) Christian conservatives are strong but limited in number. We must expand our influence.
Throughout the course of the Summit, we heard many cases to support what we already see happening. Our liberties are being attacked and are quickly eroding like never before, like our freedom of speech, religious liberty, groups promoting division and the ongoing threat of terrorism to name a few.
Oscar Rodriguis was one of the panel members who was represented by First Liberty Institute. In brief, Oscar, a devoted Christian senior master sergeant who served 33 years in the military was physically removed by three military personnel because he used God in his flag ceremony. There was an effort made to silence him but by God’s grace and the help of First Liberty, he was restored to his position. Oscar is a man who loves God and his country. He states that we can win these battles if we are willing to stand up.
Todd Starnes of FOX News and Commentary stated that freedom is one election away from extinction. We need to roar like we are still one nation under God.
It was noted that over 4 million Christians did not vote in the last presidential election. We must be registered to vote and then, make every effort to vote and encourage others to do the same. Most of all, please be praying for our nation and our leaders.
Both presidential candidates were invited to the Value Voters Summit, however, Mrs. Clinton declined, but we were honored by the attendance of Donald Trump on Friday and Governor Pence on Saturday. Both spoke to us very sincerely about defending our nation from military threat, reversing the Johnson Amendment so that pastors can preach freely as well as other topics. This was the first time that I’ve heard Governor Pence speak. He was very impressive, a man of God who loves God, family and country.
There were many more incredible speakers with messages of both warning and urgency, but also hope for our future, but we must be willing to fight for it. As Osmond Burke quoted, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men (and women) do nothing.”
As Tony Perkins has said, “The stakes have never been higher for this year’s election. There is grave danger facing our country, but there’s hope – and you’re a part of it. No longer can Christians simply be spectators or sitting on the sidelines. It’s time for Christians to stand up and be counted. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.”
I am grateful for having attended the Summit along with Amy Willson.