The South Dakota Family Policy Council has been working to promote the values of life, family, marriage, faith and freedom in South Dakota for 25 years! In fact, we celebrated our 25th anniversary on October 16, 2014. Our primary focus during these years was being an active lobbying presence in Pierre during each legislative session. We also worked tirelessly to promote our "values voters" registration drives in churches throughout our state and assisted these voters in deciding whom to vote for through the publication of our election year "Voter Guide."
In addition, we have worked to build a strong network, a strong coalition of churches, throughout the state who are willing to champion the cause of life, family, marriage and freedom in their part of South Dakota. We accomplished this by building strong relationships with pastors and key church leaders.
However, as we look back at all the wonderful accomplishments that we have had through the policy avenue, or in the policy arena, we have had to stop and ask ourselves, "Are we any better off today as a nation, as a state, as a culture, than we were 25 years ago?" Sadly, the answer is, "No, we are not." In fact, our culture seems to be in a spiritual and moral death spiral!
You will probably agree that the stakes today are extremely high, and no matter how many battles we win in Pierre, no matter how many "values voters" we get to register to vote, and no matter how many life, family, marriage, faith, freedom candidates we help to get elected, our culture remains on a fast paced death spiral. In fact, there are many who argue that we have already lost the culture and we would agree.
You may ask, "How did this happen?" We would argue that it has been a slow and steady process of breaking down the Judeo-Christian foundation that our founding fathers built this nation upon. But again you ask, "How did this happen?" The answer may or may not surprise you, but we would argue that the minority group of secular humanists, or the progressives, used, not government, but media, education, and entertainment to breakdown the foundation, the spiritual and moral foundation that this nation was built upon by imposing their will and moral agenda upon our nation.
Today, the progressives own the media, education, and entertainment and through these avenues have aggressively sought to indoctrinate our nation with their secular humanistic, evolutionist, and immoral, anti-God world-view. What we see happening today in our nations capital, through the blatant disregard for our constitution and laws by our president, is the direct result of having been bolstered by winning the hearts and minds of the people of our nation through media, education and entertainment.
As a result, we would argue that the time for a tactical paradigm shift in strategy is NOW! What we face in our nation today is a battle for TRUTH. So our new focus as an organization, our new mission, is to boldly and courageously advance truth in love, in Jesus', name through prayer, proclamation, and policy. We believe that the only way we are going to make any difference in our nation today is by confronting the lies on the cultural battlefield, not just the policy/political battlefield, because politics is downstream from culture.
Please do not misunderstand what I am saying, we will continue to seek to influence policy by being a lobbying presence in Pierre during the legislative session, and we will continue to publish a Voter Guide that we will post on our website, but we are of the strong conviction that in order to see any true change in our culture we need to do something radically different, and that is exactly what we are going to do!
Beginning May of 2014 we began efforts to establish a Prayer Network of faithful prayer warriors throughout our state. These networks of prayer warriors will consist of men and women who will regularly seek God on behalf of the church, our state and our nation (See our Prayer Page). The Rev. Billy Graham once said, “Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ." He also said, "Today, the world is being carried on a rushing torrent of history that is sweeping out of control. There is but one power available to redeem the course of events, and that is the power of prayer, by God-fearing, Christ believing people."
In addition, we will seek to be both a prophetic voice and an educational and equipping resource for those who are looking for information as they seek to speak truth in their communities. We will do this through our blog, our book page, and through our monthly Hot Topic Webinars. Our goal will be to confront the lies in our culture with truth and educate and equip people like you, so that you will be fully prepared to infiltrate our culture with truth in love in Jesus' name.
Thank you for visiting our website. Please let us know how we might better serve you as you courageously stand with us in our battle for truth.