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April 2014

What Difference Does It Make?


What difference does it make?

This was the response Hillary spat when asked about the reason for an attack on an American Consulate in Benghazi.  When she callously responded in this manner, Republicans pounced.  And rightfully so.  Unfortunately, the lesser informed probably still Benghazi’s that specialty ice cream producer charging exorbitant prices for their tantalizing wares.  Our Country lost four American public servants and half the Country cares more about a government subsidized cell phone plan.

But, what difference does it make?

Lifesite News shared a story this week which literally turned my stomach.

Recently, Life Site News brought to light a disturbing practice implemented by an energy plant in Oregon.  The Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility accepted medical waste containing the remains of aborted babies to aid in generating electricity.  After receiving national attention, Marion County Board Commissioner Janet Carlson said,

“We did not know this practice was  occurring until today.  We are taking immediate action and initiating discussions with Covanta Marion to make certain that this type of medical waste is not accepted in the future.”

Bu what difference does it make?

The Supreme Court ruled abortion legal 41 years ago.  Since then, over 53 million babies have been discarded as medical waste In the wake of the Roe V. Wade decision.  With sharp instruments and harsh chemicals, doctors rip the most innocent of life from the womb.  Why not recycle human tissue into electricity?  What difference does it make?

Our own President champions abortion, not wanting his own daughters to be one day “punished” by an unwanted baby.  He even supports the killing of an infant born alive in a botched abortion.  But really, what difference does it make?

Why do Americans shake their heads in disbelief when kids kill other kids over a pair of tennis shoes or a boy stabs to death a beautiful young lady for declining his invitation to prom?  From the conception of life, our culture breeds a society of death.  Then, as the child grows, public schools propagate the lie that humanity exists only because of accidental processes occurring over millions of years.  For 12 years, students are taught they’re nothing more than glorified apes.  Why should they be expected to act any different than warring and unpredictable animals?  But what difference does it make?

It makes much difference to God.

Psalm 139 shares,

“For you created my inmost being;
 you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
 all the days ordained for me were written in your book
  before one of them came to be…”

The God of the universe knits people together in their mothers’ wombs, not as byproducts of evolutionary processes but as masterpieces with true purpose….a purpose far greater than being tossed into a medical waste heap.  When people see each other as God sees them, America can expect to see a decline in violence.  The Country can expect to see a spike in the respect of life from the cradle to the grave.   What difference does it make?

A whole heckuva lot to a Holy God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Markeece Young


A few weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right.  Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Markeece Young.

Your Twitter Bio reads, “I’m 18, Black Conservative, Future Republican Strategist , Cleveland High School Senior activist, visionary and volunteer. #defeathagan”  My readers would enjoy getting to you a little better.

You’re currently a senior in high school.  What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to go to college in our capital of Raleigh, my main ambition is to do Minority/Youth outreach I have reached out to the RNC and they have contacted me back and are willing to help, I also will be doing an internship with our general assembly.

As a young African American male, do you experience much grief for your Conservative political ideology?

I do get a lot of grief for being a Black Conservative not only from other Blacks but a lot from White Liberals. I have a lot of support from other Blacks though.  There are a lot of Blacks out there who see why I made the change and they support me a lot.

Under the “My Vision” tab on your website, you claim a need for America to become a Conservative nation again.  What do you mean by this vision statement?

My vision is to see America go back to a time where you could see right from wrong and wrong from right. Today wrong is being called right, too many people are fine with the status quo. Think back to the economic and spiritual revival of the 80’s, think back to the roaring 20’s with Calvin Coolidge Conservatism has revived this country more than once never has liberalism.

You jumped into the world of politics in 2012.  What work did you do for the Romney Campaign?

Though I did not work directly with the Romney campaign, I was a very dedicated volunteer with North Carolina’s grassroots campaign NC Victory, there I made thousands of phone calls and knock on a lot of doors. We lead a charge in North Carolina, a state that went to Obama in 2008 we managed to win North Carolina for Romney the only Battleground state he won.

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

I see a lot of people waking up.  I think people who are starting to see these liberal policies hurt them directly are starting to get it. Young voters have turned on Obama and several polls show that they regret voting for him.

What are your future political aspirations?

I’m not ruling out a run for office in the future, but my main objective is reaching out to Minortiy/Youth voters and broadening the base of our party. I really hope the RNC carries out their promise in helping me with this. I hope to maybe have my own show or Radio Show, but I would mostly want to be a person who can help advertise and make our brand more desirable.

Does Faith play any role in your Conservative values?

Faith definitely plays a role in my Conservative values.  I think the reason we are in this mess is our Country is getting farther and farther away from God.  Hopefully we can bring our country back to the cross.

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I want to offer a special thanks to Markeece Young for allowing us a closer look into his life.  Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like him.  You can follow Markeece on Twitter @YoungBLKRepub and be sure to check out his website theyoungconservativenc.weebly.com.

Permanent Ink


My family enjoyed a full day of rides and attractions at a local theme park on Saturday.  My second born turned ten, and chose the park as the destination to celebrate his birthday.  As we huddled our family at the stroller rentals, I noticed a woman writing on her little girls’ arms the following,

“If I get lost, please call my mom at…”

and a phone number.  I’ve never seen it done quite that way, but I noticed she wrote in Sharpie…that  cautious mother wrote a message that won’t come off for days.

My mother-in-law commented to the mom that she thought writing out that information was a great idea.  She responded that it worked great last year, as her little one wandered away from the family.  Hopefully the message will wear off before her Senior prom.

And it will.

As I watched that protective parent write the precautionary message, I immediately thought about God marking His children.  In Revelation 22 we find the following:

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

I imagine God personally writes His name on every Believer, possibly using the same finger with which He etched the Ten Commandments into stone.

His name on our foreheads confirms our personal relationship with Him.  Though the Sharpie writes in stubborn black ink, over time that message will fade.  A name written by the very hand of God lasts forever.  When He signs us, it’s because He’s

…sealed us

…. and delivered us.

And for all eternity the Name never fades…

God’s not signing us for fear of losing us…but it’s His indelible mark of love.  And no matter what the world says, God’s permanent ink is better than a Sharpie!

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Elissa Roberson


A few weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right.  Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Elissa Roberson.

I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which reads,

“Assistant Editor of Social Media/Writer @TCC_US. Christian. Teacher. College student. Annoys Liberals. Founder of #ConservativeSweetheart. Follow if you dare!”

  Could you tell us a bit more about yourself?  For starters, where are you from?

I’m from a small town north of Palm Springs, California where I’m attending college while teaching as a ballet instructor.  Before I went back to my training as a dancer, I spent about 2-3 years in politics as a founding member of a political student group (Young Americans for Liberty) at my previous college as well as helped start different online initiatives to get out the Conservative message and worked on a couple Get Out The Vote campaigns during the 2012 election season.  I’ve basically done outreach and field work in politics on top of more writing/blogging.

Where are you attending college and what degree are your pursuing?

I’m currently at a community college in my area where I’m slowly working on finishing my Associates Degree in History.

What are some of your interests outside of politics?

I actually have a lot of interests, too many to name. I guess I just like to keep from being bored.  Music and dance are my main ones since I have many years of classical training, both as a violinist and in ballet.  Outside of that, I love hiking and being outdoors with my family and friends.  I also enjoy traveling and seeing new places. Cooking, crafts, and reading while I’m just at home.

Your Twitter Bio shares, “Social Media/Writer @TCC_US.”  Tell us more about this position.

I’m the Assistant Editor of Social Media over at TheCollegeConservative.com, which is a website where Conservatives in college can write on political as well as cultural issues and is internationally read.  I basically handle all the social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the website by posting the articles and any pictures or interviews where our writers are featured.  I also still write on occasion.

You’re the founder of #ConservativeSweetheart.  What do you hope this hashtag accomplishes?

The name Conservative Sweetheart was actually a nickname one of my followers gave me a while back because I made it known that I try to engage in conversation with people of opposing views rather than shutting them down and the nickname just stuck so I made a hashtag out of it.  I like to see Conservative women use it.  It seems like women these days are encouraged to be more like a bulldog feminist pushing their way through life and I think being a strong woman doesn’t mean being what the Progressive Left encourages. Hence, Conservative Sweethearts.

What is your affiliation with thecollegeconservative.com?

I have been involved with TheCollegeConservative as a writer since the website first launched in November 2011 and I became the Social Media Assistant Editor around April 2013.  I don’t write so much now that I’m an editor but you can read all of my previous articles on the website by searching my name.

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

I do believe Conservatism will make a “come back” just looking at how the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obamacare” by many) was received.  I definitely think young adult voters are starting to realize how Progressive Liberal policies will affect them, not just now but in the future.  I think as long as people crave freedom Conservative principles will have a place in politics.

You list “Christian” as a term that defines who you are as a person.  How does your faith impact your political views?

It has everything to do with my political views as it shapes my worldview.  My faith in Christ leads me to follow what is written in Scripture in everything and that doesn’t stop when entering the political arena.  I’m pro-life because I believe we are created human beings and not some blobs of tissue or cells, etc.  I may not always be the perfect example of a Christian but I strive to follow what my Bible says and honor Him in doing so.

Looking down the road, what political aspirations do you have for the next several years?

Come 2016 I think I’d like to get back into working on elections, getting people to vote for a Conservative candidate or perhaps journalism.  We’ll see what the future holds and where I am by then.

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I want to offer a special thanks to Elissa Roberson for allowing us a closer look into her life.  Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her.  You can follow Elissa on Twitter @ElissaRoberson and be sure to check out the website thecollegeconservative.com

Read about these other young Conservative ladies: Amy Lutz, Anna Maria Hoffman, and Gabriella Hoffman.

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Gabriella Hoffman


A couple of weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right.  Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Gabriella Hoffman

I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which reads, “Dangerously conservative. Northeast Regional Field Coordinator @LeadershipInst.  Angler. Blogger.  Gun girl.  First-generation American.  These are my spicy tweets.”  Could you tell us a bit more about yourself?  For starters, where are you from?

I’d be happy to! I’m originally from Orange County, CA but currently reside in Northern Virginia.  I’m a young conservative blogger and grassroots activist.  My parents are Lithuanian immigrants who came to this country 28 years ago and my sister is Anna Maria Hoffman, founder of the blog Counter Cultured.  As you may know, I come from a very conservative family.  My parents and other relatives faced a lot of hardships in Soviet-occupied Lithuania, so subscribing to leftist ideas was heavily frowned upon in our house. Some call my upbringing “indoctrination” –which is quite laughable—but I’m happy it laid the foundation for my conservative beliefs.

Where did you graduate from college?

I graduated from UC-San Diego in June 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Minor in History.  During my time on campus, I wrote for the conservative paper and ran a conservative club.  Off-campus, I worked on radio for The Rick Amato Show when it aired on KCBQ 1170 AM, was involved in local San Diego Tea Party groups and the local Eagle Forum chapter.

What are some of your interests outside of politics?

Aside from politics, I thoroughly enjoy fishing, shooting guns, traveling, mushroom hunting, reading, going to concerts, hiking, baking/cooking, and spending time with family.  Politics can be draining, so it’s important to be well-rounded!

Could you explain a bit more that statement, “First generation American?” 

I was the first person in my immediate family to be born in the U.S.

Your Twitter Bio shares, “Northeast Regional Field Coordinator @LeadershipInst.”  Tell us more about this position.

Leadership Institute is a 501©3 nonprofit organization based out of Northern Virginia.  It was started by renowned conservative activist Morton Blackwell.  I’ve been working there since August 2012 as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.

And what is your role there?

My job entails working with students in the Northeast as a liaison, essentially.  I help students start/expand campus conservative groups, expose liberal bias, and equip them with resources to help bring right-leaning views to campus.  I love helping fellow young conservatives; it’s very rewarding!

Your website, thegabriellahoffman.com‘s header reads, “All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values.”  What “Values” matter most to you as a Conservative woman?

I’m a firm believer in sound conservatism, allowing for free markets and values to work in concert with one another.  I’m a firm believer in free enterprise, limited government, traditional values, and a strong national defense.  I reject the notion of victimhood and believe in self-reliance.  Big government is antithetical to faith, freedom, and free markets.

Recently you appeared on a panel on a Blaze TV program hosted by Dana Loesch.  Tell us about that experience.

I met Dana Loesch in summer 2012 at FreePAC Dallas. She’s tough, honest, and principled—qualities every young woman should emulate.  She’s very accomplished in many respects-proving that women can be successful conservative activists, wives, and mothers.
It was an honor to appear on her show!  Several of my friends joined me on the show, which made the experience more enjoyable.  There are so many smart, articulate, bright young conservative women out there—our voices need to be heard!  It was a fun segment, especially when Glenn Beck made a cameo appearance.  I was grateful for the opportunity to come on and share my perspective!

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

It’s a tough hill to climb, but conservatism can make a comeback.  Our movement shouldn’t be discounted.  Conservative women are speaking out, young people have had enough of Obama’s lies, and many others are rejecting paternalistic government.  The Left fears us.  That’s why they resort to childish antics whenever they challenge us.  If we stand tall and arm ourselves with facts, we can outlast them and pivot this country back in the right direction.

What can Americans do that aren’t as involved in the political arena as yourself but still want to do their part to right this Country’s ship?

Americans need to stay engaged in the political process by holding their elected officials accountable.  We have to stop electing candidates who betray us when they’re elected to office.  Most, if not all, of the laws enacted during the Obama administration have miserably failed.  Slowly but surely, people are waking up—especially with the botched Obamacare roll-out.  More principled candidates are running for office.  Grassroots activists are more competitive now.  More people have an unfavorable view of big government.  There’s a lot to celebrate, yet there’s a lot to be done.  We must remain vigilant.

What drives you to work for the “Restoration of Values?”

This country affords us many opportunities and freedoms unseen throughout the world   If we lose freedom here, where do we go to?  America is truly the last beacon of hope.  My family came to this country to pursue the American dream, and we’re doing our best to live it.  It would pain me to see this country adopt the same collectivist policies that plagued my family’s homeland.  History does repeat itself.  I’m doing my part to stop this country’s slip into statism; I hope others do their part too!

Looking down the road, what political aspirations do you have for the next several years?

A lot of people I interact with in person or online say I should run for office.  I’m flattered by the encouragement, but am not interested in doing that.  I don’t have any desire to run for office. (However, I do plan to identify and cultivate constitutional conservative candidates to run for office.)  My niche lies in blogging and grassroots activism.  Too many people don’t know how to articulate conservative values correctly, so I hope to fill that void.  I want to help people market conservatism better.  My sister and I plan to start an organization together to better educate people about the ills of communism, all the while promoting conservatism. Stay tuned!

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I want to offer a special thanks to Gabriella Hoffman for allowing us a closer look into her life.  Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her.  You can follow Gabriella on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman and be sure to check out her website thegabriellahoffman.com

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Anna Maria Hoffman


A couple of weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right. Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Anna Maria Hoffman

 I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which shares, “@CCultured Founder. Socially and Fiscally #tcot #prolife #profamily #freemarkets #2A.” Could you tell us a bit more about yourself? Where are you from?

I am originally from Orange County, California, but my parents are from Lithuania and grew up under the former Soviet Union. Their stories of their upbringing have largely molded my political philosophy and inspired me to keep up the good fight to restore our nation to its founding principles.

Where did you graduate from college?

I graduated from UC San Diego last year, earning a B.A. in Human Development. Also, I graduated Cum Laude and finished college in three years.

What are some of your interests outside of the political arena?

My interests outside of politics include dancing, singing, cooking, baking, hiking, traveling, and sightseeing.

Please tell us more about being the Founder @CCultured. What is its purpose?

I founded Counter Cultured in September 2012, because there was no youth voice on culturally conservative issues in the conservative blogosphere. I also saw the need for social conservatism to be rebranded, because people mistakenly think it embodies big government policies when, in reality, it embraces small government principles. In addition, I noticed that the pro-family movement’s greatest weakness is youth outreach, so I wanted to create an online outlet where we could cultivate online youth grassroots activism on key cultural issues.

For those who may be interested, what is that website address?

http://www.counterculturedusa.com

What do you hope your website accomplishes?

Through Counter Cultured, we seek to make the connection between limited government and cultural conservatism. We also believe that we can largely renew our culture through engagement on the local level.  It’s a reason why we do video projects for our site. By participating in these video projects, young people can make their voices heard on important cultural issues, such as the right to life, marriage, and religious liberty. Our “Young Men Speaking Out for Life” video project, our first video project, has been our most successful one thus far. Now, we are looking for participants to participate in our new video project on religious liberty. More details can be found under the “Video Projects” tab on our website.

What is your role on counterculturedusa.com?

As the founder of Counter Cultured, I run the site, write blog posts, and create videos and video projects.

What are some of the most compelling reasons for you to embrace Conservatism?

I embrace conservatism because it’s common sense. It’s a philosophy that embodies freedom, a stable civil society, and fiscal responsibility. I like how its core tenets put more faith in local entities, such as families, communities, and civic organizations, rather than the government. I think more people my age would embrace it if they knew the truth about it. It’s up to us to tell them that truth, as this administration’s policies continue to collapse right in front of them.

Recently, you appeared on a panel on a Blaze TV program hosted by Dana Loesch. Tell us about that experience.

My experience on The Dana Show was wonderful. I am very happy I got to discuss women’s issues with a great group of young conservative women. I am incredibly thankful to Dana Loesch for informing her audience about my website.

And you also had the opportunity of meeting Glenn Beck?

Yes. It’s still hard for me to believe that I met Glenn Beck in pajamas while we were filming the hate mail slumber party segment of the show. It’s an experience I will never forget.

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

It’s hard to tell at this point, but we have to remember that we have so many tools these days to make that resurgence happen. We often forget about how grassroots activism has the power to change hearts and minds and pressure politicians to do the right thing on Capitol Hill. Through better messaging and online and local grassroots activism, I think we can bring more people over to conservatism and mobilize people to hold our local, state, and federal governments accountable.

What drives you to fight for a freer America?

My passion for conservatism and my family background drive me to fight for a freer America. My parents grew up under an oppressive society with limited freedom. America is truly the last beacon of hope and freedom in our world. We cannot let ideologues who are motivated by power and self-interest ruin the dreams and futures of my generation and the rest of Americans.

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I want to offer a special thanks to Anna Maria Hoffman for allowing us a closer look into her life. Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her. You can follow Anna Maria on Twitter @AM_Hoffman and be sure to check out her website counterculturedusa.com.

Are Christians to Blame?


A couple of Sunday’s ago, a sweet little first grade girl approached me and asked a question that caught me off-guard.  After I taught a lesson in Children’s church on the Prophet Elijah, she tugged me on the arm and asked,

“Pastor Bryan, did that story really happen, or is that just a Bible Story?”

This little girl posed a pressing question, one that weighs on the minds of many in the world today. Can the Bible be trusted?

I’d expect that question in pockets of people groups living in remote jungles, but hearing that question from a youngster in the heart of the Bible belt surprised me.  But I guess it shouldn’t.  Last summer, a mission team canvassed the city in which our Church ministers and discovered that 75% of the community was unchurched.  Seventy-five percent!!  That means 3 out of every 4 people we see each day fail to darken the doors of a church on Sunday.  The seventy-five percent in our town matches the estimated number statewide in Missouri claiming no church affiliation or relationship with Christ.

And we wonder why a culture war rages around us.

Nashville-based Lifeway research asked Protestant pastors the following question:

“Many Christian leaders have talked about society being in a culture war. Regardless of how you feel about that terminology, how would you explain the current situation?”

Seven in 10 say Christians are losing or have lost the culture war.

Though Christians complain about the militant homosexual agenda or abortion rights activists, the true battle waging is for the heart of man.  When 75% in the state of Missouri confess no relationship with God, why should we expect that same group to act in a godly manner?  Even though I address political issues regularly and believe Christians should vote for those who espouse Biblical values, I’m not naïve enough to believe the culture war will be won in the privacy of a voting booth.  The only way to reverse our nation’s course is to see America return to the God of it’s founding.

Where do we start?

The Church.

The Bible shares the recipe for the healing of a nation.  II Chronicles 7:14 says,

“If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

Notice God addresses His people, not the atheists, agnostics, or the pagans.  Sometimes we as Believers moan and groan about our nation’s path, but is it quite possible we find ourselves “going to hell in a hand basket” because of the lukewarm nature of our Christianity?  According to God’s Word, that’s so.

If we care about the future of America, we must seek God humbly in prayer and repent of those behaviors we mislabel as “little” sins.  When Christians clean up their act, then God promises blessings.  So, America’s greatness, or lack thereof, hinges not upon the next radical policy handed down from godless politicians, but upon a Christian’s willingness to bow the knee to a Holy and Righteous God.  Are you ready for real “hope and change?”

Let us pray….

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Amy Lutz


A couple of weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right. First up is recent college graduate and young Conservative, Amy Lutz.

I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which shares, “Reagan Republican, aspiring historian, Nutella aficionado.  James Madison is my spirit animal.  In a library somewhere.”  Could you tell us a bit more about yourself?  Where are you from? Where did you graduate from college?

I’m a recent graduate of Saint Louis University, where I studied History. I’m planning on pursuing a Master’s degree in the subject in the future.

I know politics eats up a lion’s share of your life, but what do you enjoy outside of the political arena?

Outside of politics, I love to read (non-fiction, primarily), and I also like to play tennis, watch movies, and bake.

Why do you consider yourself a Reagan Republican?  What are some of the most compelling reasons for you to embrace Conservatism? 

I got my conservatism from my family, many of whom own small businesses. I saw the harm that regulations and over-burdening taxation have on small businesses and thus became a proponent of a “freer” free market. I believe in the power of the individual to make choices for their own lives and support policies that allow the least government influence in said decisions as possible. I also am a big supporter of the right to life. I consider myself a “Reagan Republican,” because not only do I support the platform of the GOP, but I believe that Ronald Reagan exemplified the principles of compromise, common sense, and a strong foreign policy which the modern day GOP should follow.

Tell us a bit more about your website youngfederalist.com

I founded my website a couple years ago to house my writings on politics, history and culture. I named it “Young Federalist,” because of my admiration for the early Federalists who helped shape the Constitution. I sporadically post opinion pieces on the site from a young conservative perspective.

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

I would like to think that there will be a shift to the right in the US over the next couple years, but only time will tell. After a turbulent primary season, I hope that conservatives can unify behind the Republican Party and take back the Senate from the Democrats. With a Republican victory in 2014 and 2016, I hope that we’ll be on our way to instituting sound, conservative policies and rolling back the progressive policies of the current administration.

Lastly, does faith play any role in your espousing Conservative values?

My Christian faith is very important to my political views. I believe in the dignity of the individual and the gift of free will, both of which are respected in a free society. I believe in the Judeo-Christian values that our country was founded upon and wish they were more respected in today’s culture.

I want to offer a special thanks to Amy Lutz for allowing us a closer look into her life. Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her. You can follow Amy on Twitter @amylutz4 and be sure to check out her website youngfederalist.com.

God’s Not Dead, Still Making a Splash


People continue to flock to see “God’s Not Dead.”  Every few days I notice someone’s Facebook update reminding all of their “friends” of the very fact…God’s Not Dead.  Certainly, some probably wonder why their making such a statement.  If they ask, tell them to see the movie!  It’s fantastic!  But why?  Why has the film made such a splash in the shadow of Hollywood blockbusters?  I speculate it’s because of the current political climate in America.

Almost daily, stories surface of people accusing Christians of bigotry, even filing suits against those refusing to sanction their lifestyle.  Take for instance, the story of Elane Photography.  In 2006, Elaine and her husband were asked to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony.  Elaine respectfully declined, citing her conservative Christian beliefs as the reason.  Case closed, right?  Wrong!

The lesbian couple secured another photographer at a lower rate, yet still filed a complaint accusing Elane Photography of “sexual orientation discrimination.”

The Human Rights Commission of New Mexico found Elane Photography guilty and ordered them to pay almost seven thousand dollars to the two plaintiffs.  The decision was appealed to the New Mexico Supreme Court.  These judges upheld the ruling.  One judge in his concurring opinion wrote:

Elane Photography “is now compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” as “the price of citizenship.”

Did anyone else just feel the rumble of the Founding Fathers rolling in their graves?

This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.  The New Mexico Supreme Court ruling stands.  It appears that America’s barreling down a road which trumpets the freedom of the First Amendment as long as one sides with the Liberal and godless agenda.  Those who yell and scream for tolerance exhibit the most intolerance of all.

As I visited with a group of men this morning, another Pastor predicted that soon churches would be required to host same sex marriages and pastors would be required to officiate…whether they believe the union is biblical or not.  Some laugh at the idea and say that will never happen.  Christians said the same thing about removing prayer from school and legalizing abortion on demand.  Almost 43 million aborted babies later and look where we find ourselves…In the middle of another cultural war with the soul of America at stake.

God’s Not Dead resonates because the movie casts a positive light on Christianity.  For once the Believer isn’t cast as a dopey, idiotic Bible thumper.  The movie conveys the story of real life Christians making a mark for Christ in a world filled with antagonists.  The film encourages people to stand for Christ when no one else will.  Sure, that’s a lonely place to be, but God blesses faithfulness.  And God will bless Elane Photography.  I don’t know how or in what capacity, but God will honor their stand.

As Christians we can expect persecution and to lose an occasional battle, but as one evangelist once said, “We’ve already won the war.”

Everyone hold on to Jesus.  The ride’s gonna get bumpy.

 

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