October 08, 2018 - Monday
FRCA Buses Help Steer the Debate...
FRC Action is clocking plenty of miles on its two-bus tour through California and other states before the midterm elections. For the last few days, one of our teams has been in Charlotte for a flurry of events, including FRC's regional pastors briefing. More than 60 church leaders from the area were there to learn about current issues in North Carolina and how they can impact those debates. I was there, along with David and Jason Benham, Rev. Mark Harris, Bishop Larry Jackson, John Rustin, J.C. Church, and Lt. Gen. William Boykin. From there, the North Carolina crew headed to a rally with Congressman Ted Budd in Mocksville and on to the Stanley Country Fest in Stanley, where the FRCA team gave away more than 1,100 voter guides. Even Republican candidate for N.C. Senate District 44 Ted Alexander stopped by and signed the bus and prayed with Values Bus staff.
On Sunday, the bus followed me to Pastor Leon Threatt's church, Christian Faith Assembly, where I preached on the importance of praying, voting, and standing for America. Dozens of families came out to take that pledge together. The team then hurried across state lines to Tennessee for an evening service at Dr. Ronnie Owen's church, Higher Ground Baptist Church, where I had the opportunity to deliver the Sunday evening message. By night's end, what started off as an empty side of the bus was completely covered with the signatures of those taking the pledge!
Out on the West Coast, our California team says it continues to see God's grace traveling south in the state. While they were at the Kings Gun Store in Fresno for the "Fall Giving Day & Blood Drive," an LGBT activist/NRA member discovered through our voter guide that she agreed with 90 percent of FRC Action's positions, especially on the life issue. After she had the opportunity to interact with our staff, she decided that she'll be aligning her vote with FRCA in November.
The California bus also stopped to worship at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills' with Pastor Jack Hibbs. During the services, gubernatorial candidate John Cox was interviewed by Pastor Jack, and afterward, he eagerly signed the Values Bus. But that wasn't the only good news of the day. More than 185 people registered to vote at CCCH on Sunday! The leader of the church's Culture Impact Team was shocked, since voter registration had been going since January. Another 200 people signed our pledge to Pray, Vote, and State online – then filled up so much space with their names on the bus that the team had to add two new panels for Californians to sign!
By the time the FRCA team was finished, they'd almost run out of materials! One little girl turned to the adults nearby and said, "I'm so excited for this bus -- God is going to do amazing things!" We certainly agree!
While you might not be able to join the Values Bus Tour, you can still take the Pledge!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.