Honoring God 2018

When do you vote? Why should you vote? How do you find your polling place? We’ve got you covered.

Vote on November 6th
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

How do I vote?
To vote in Iowa you need to be registered to vote. You can register online or at your voting location. To learn more about how to vote, including information on voter registration, visit the Iowa Secretary of State website: sos.iowa.gov or call 1-888-SOS-VOTE (1-888-767-8683).

Where do I vote?
Find your polling place online at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

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Why should I vote?

5 reasons why Christians should care about government and voting:

Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 show us that government was instituted by God, created with a purpose and responsibility: to punish evil and reward those who do good. Government is God’s social institution of justice, a value so important to God, His Son was killed on the Cross to satisfy its requirements.

Romans 13 calls government officials “ministers” of God, meaning they are, in effect, servants of the Lord. Just as pastors are ministers of the Church, elected officials are ministers of God in government, and they have a job to do for Him. This should change the way we view our elected officials. This is why the Bible calls us to pray, submit, and honor those in authority (1 Timothy 2, Romans 13, 1 Peter 2).

How do governments of the world determine good and evil? Left on their own, governments often get it wrong. Government needs the Church to provide a standard and to give sound counsel on what the Lord has called good and evil.

The law has never been able to save, but it is a moral teacher and shaper of culture. For righteous leaders pass laws that guide society toward what is right and protect people by making it more difficult to sin and easier to pursue righteousness.

As Americans, we get to choose our ministers of government. As Christians we know what God expects of government. He also expects us to be good stewards of this opportunity and select righteous, qualified individuals to serve as ministers in government. Our right to vote is a gift God has given us to use to honor Him (Matthew 25:14-30).

Urge other believers to consider their vote a gift from God to be used for His glory!
Click here to use a quick, easy tool to spread the message!

“Renewing our mind” on what the Bible says about government (3-minute video):

The Bible speaks of kings. Who is our “king” in America? (8-minute video)

Pastors, please consider doing the following for your congregation:

1. Use our bulletin insert as a tool to help educate your people on not only how and when to vote, but also on what the Bible says about government (If you have any difficulties downloading the insert, please contact The FAMiLY LEADER offices at 515-263-3495).


2. Show the one-minute “Honoring God 2018” video at your church. The video is completely IRS and 501(c)3 compliant. You can also download the video here.

3. Make an announcement to your congregation the weekend before the election. Consider using this slide when you make your announcement.


4. Send out a reminder via social media, phone apps, and/or emails. You might consider the following language:

    • Remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6! Also remember, as Christians, we have been given the gift of selecting our leaders and the responsibility to steward that gift for the glory of God. #HonoringGod2018

5. Join us in prayer for this critical time in our nation. Download and use our guide to 30 days of prayer leading up to the election:

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Urge other believers to consider their vote a gift from God to be used for His glory!
Click here to use a quick, easy tool to spread the message!

The goal of Honoring God 2018, a ministry of The Family Leader Foundation, is not to pick sides in the partisan battle. Rather it is to help educate and equip the Church biblically on how to engage government God’s way, without compromising the gospel.

Relive the 2018 Family Leadership Summit!

More than mere highlights, get a genuine taste of what it was like to attend the 2018 Family Leadership Summit by watching the video below.

The following video contains excerpts from several speakers, giving you some of the Summit’s best content:

The 2018 Summit was held Friday, Sept. 14, in the grand ball room of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (a.k.a. “Vets Auditorium”) in downtown Des Moines. The Summit included a stirring call to biblically transform the culture from Pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham, an update on the status of religious liberty in the U.S. from Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris, a reminder of America’s unique role in defending Israel from Christians United for Israel’s Lyndon Allen, and several other inspiring speakers.

The breakout sessions included discussions on life legislation in Iowa, a biblical perspective of poverty, learning to overcome the barriers in talking to today’s youth, and more.

Great speakers and great content, however, are only one part of what makes The Family Leadership Summit so unique. At the heart of it all is the experience – the prayer that goes into it, the people you meet, the encouraging conversations, and the atmosphere of being with others who want to see the Church awakened and reenergized in our nation, not for the sake of partisanship or politics, but for authentic, biblical impact on the nation our children and grandchildren inherit.

The Summit is principle over politics. It’s seeking a revived America that honors God and blesses people. And it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Click here now to read the Summit recap and watch exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the Summit’s speakers.

Continue watching The FAMiLY LEADER’s social media, website, and emails for more video and inspiring content from the 2018 Summit!

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TFL joins fight to protect religious liberty at University of Iowa

Once again, an assault on religious liberty has struck the Hawkeye state, this time at the University of Iowa itself. And once again, The FAMiLY LEADER is working behind the scenes to defend every Iowan’s freedoms.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, The University kicked off campus a student group – Business Leaders in Christ, or BLinC – because of a dispute over the religious group’s beliefs. An openly homosexual student had complained that he had been denied the vice presidency of BLinC because he refused to sign the group’s Statement of Faith, which affirms the Bible’s authority on human sexuality.

University officials, in turn, sided with the complaint, and – according to a lawsuit filed on BLinC’s behalf – singled out BLinC’s Christian beliefs about sexuality, finding that the beliefs themselves were “discriminatory and impermissible.” In fact, the University is demanding BLinC change its Statement of Faith and submit an “acceptable plan” for choosing its leaders before it can return to campus.

“This is premeditated religious discrimination, plain and simple,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel at Becket, the religious liberty law firm representing BLinC. “A state school cannot demand a change to students’ faith any more than the U.S. president could demand a change to the Bible.”

TFL’s Vice President and Chief Counsel Chuck Hurley has been working alongside Iowa legislators and Becket conducting intense legal research and consultation to help the Christian students find either a judicial or legislative solution to the dispute.

“By inserting itself as a theological and moral authority over Christian practice,” Hurley explains, “the government has grossly violated the separation of church and state and trampled the rights of all Iowans. The government has no business determining which pieces of a religious group’s Statement of Faith are and aren’t ‘acceptable.'”

Give to protect religious liberty in Iowa today! Your donations will help TFL’s Chuck Hurley give tangible aid in defending Iowa’s university students and YOU.

In BLinC v. University of Iowa, BLinC is asking the court to stop this religious discrimination and allow it to choose leaders who embrace its mission, just like every other student group on campus.

In fact, there are over 500 student groups at the University. Fraternities and sororities, for example, can limit membership to men and women respectively. Pro-choice groups can reject students who are pro-life and vice versa. Feminist groups may require members to support their cause. And environmental groups can choose leaders who support theirs. But even though BLinC allows anyone to join, the University is uniquely denying BLinC the ability to require its leaders to share its mission and beliefs.

The students of BLinC, however, are sticking to their convictions.

“This is 2017, not ‘1984,’” said Jacob Estell, the student president of BLinC. “Our beliefs weren’t made by us, and they can’t be changed by us either – certainly not just to satisfy Orwellian government rules.”

This attack on your faith is right on your doorstep! Please consider a gift of even $10, $25, $100, or more to keep religious liberty alive in Iowa.

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VIDEO: National media interviews Bob on Trump, religious liberty

The FAMiLY LEADER shared with you last week U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ landmark memo, clearly defending and reasserting the constitutional freedom of religion. The Oct. 6 memo marks a significant victory for religious liberty – restricting enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, declaring Americans do not forfeit their religious liberty in the marketplace, and more.

And at the Values Voter Summit on Oct. 13, President Trump declared that he was keeping his promise to ensure that “our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected, and defended like you have never seen before.”

On the Fox Business Network the next day, The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats responded to the president’s remarks on Making Money with Charles Payne. Watch the interview by clicking the image below:

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Help The FAMiLY LEADER continue to stand in the gap for you and your religious liberty. Join us by donating $10, $25, $50, or more today!

VIDEO: Bob speaks to NFL, anthems, and America’s greater needs

You don’t want to miss a moment: 2017 Family Leadership Summit

One month ago, the 6th Annual Family Leadership Summit inspired and encouraged Christians to join a movement advancing the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

Watch a 4-minute video recap of the amazing day below:

Would you like to inspire more great content like this? Support future Summits by donating to The FAMiLY LEADER today!

Watch the entire day’s livestream, click here:

To watch individual moments or speakers, click their name below to watch on YouTube:

And, for the first time widely available to the public, click the link below to be taken to a previously created “thank you” page, where you can listen to audio of the breakout sessions!

Breakout sessions page

Watch the 2017 Family Leadership Summit livestream

Want to relive the 2017 Family Leadership Summit? Or were you unable to attend and want to see what you missed?

We’ve got you covered!

The livestream of the 2017 Family Leadership Summit was captured and archived. Just click below to start watching:

Keep your eyes peeled for future content from the Summit, as we hope to post photos, breakout sessions, individual speaker videos for easier viewing/sharing, and more. You won’t want to miss it!

Would YOU like to inspire more great content like this? Support future Summits by donating to The FAMiLY LEADER today!

UPDATE: Supreme Court victory, but health care looms

Bob Vander Plaats’ weekly discussion of the nation’s top issues touches on some encouraging news from the U.S. Supreme Court, and encourages lawmakers to choose “principle over politics” on health care:

Come, join thousands of others like you who want to see our nation put “Principle over Politics” again! Join us at the 2017 Family Leadership Summit on July 15. Click here to learn more and reserve your tickets today!

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