WORKING to select God-fearing leaders

Liberty Is a Four-Letter Word…
Mark Matta
1 and
Public Awareness Ministries
MISSION: To equip people of
faith to remember and fulfill the
Biblical mandate to:
 SELECT God-fearing leaders &
 PRAY for those in authority…
America’s Second Civic War…
We are at war and everything we hold
dear is under attack:
 God and His principles
 Innocent life
 Marriage and family
 Morality
How is it that the Judeo-Christian
majority loses so many battles…?
Christian Inaction (Forgetting Our
Biblical Duty) Is the Major Problem…
 reported that only
about 1 out of 4 evangelical
Christians voted in the 2000
The Judeo-Christian community has the
resources to win, but do we have the
Consider the Following:
(Key Idea #1)
America was founded on
Christian principles from which
has flowed the greatest liberty for
the individual ever known in
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
80-to-85% of all missionaries that
have gone out to the world in the
Name of Christ over the past 200
years have come from America (as
well as the majority of
humanitarian aid).
--Mayflower Institute
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
52 of the 55 Founding Fathers who
worked on the Constitution were
members of orthodox Christian
churches and many were
evangelical Christians.
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
A study conducted at the
University of Houston involving a
huge sample of over 15,000
writings revealed that 94% of the
Founders’ quotes were directly or
indirectly based on the Bible.
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
Key components of our governmental
structure are derived from Scripture:
Rationale for the Separation of Powers comes
from Jeremiah 17:9
Structure for the Three-Branch System of
Government comes from Isaiah 33:22 and
Tax Exemptions for Churches comes from
Ezra 7:24.
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
Our Founders instituted prayer at the
beginning of every session of
Congress and a Chaplain system in
Congress and the military.
Every session of the US Supreme
Court opens with “God save this
honorable court.”
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
The Motto of the American
Revolution was “No King but King
The Bible was called “America’s
Political Textbook.”
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
Noah Webster said: “The religion
that has introduced civil liberty is
the religion of Christ and His
apostles… No truth is more evident
to my mind than that the Christian
religion must be the basis of any
government intended to secure the
rights… of a free people.”
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
John Quincy Adams said: “Is it not
that, in the chain of human events, the
birthday of the nation is indissolubly
linked with the birthday of the Savior?
Is it not that the Declaration of
Independence… laid the cornerstone of
human government upon the first
precepts of Christianity?”
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
The Mayflower Compact, (Nov. 20,
1620) is the American Covenant, that
is, the document which organized
(for the first time in history) a civil
government with linkage to the
Great Commission and based on the
principle of Christian selfgovernment!
Snapshots of America’s
Christian Heritage …
Our Declaration of Independence,
July 4, 1776, makes four direct
references to God and our need for
His help!
Our US Constitution was ratified on
September 17 “in the Year of our
Lord” 1787 (Article VII, attestation)!
Our National Motto is “In God We
Christian principles of Gov’t.
Foundational to America
1. God-granted unalienable rights to life,
liberty, and pursuit of happiness (private
Christian principles of Gov’t.
Foundational to America
2. A Government model based on the
idea that man is fallen and capable of
wickedness, hence the need to
separate powers.
3. God’s Principle of Individuality
(Unique value and purpose of
individuals and individual nations).
Christian principles of Gov’t.
Foundational to America
4. The Christian Principle of SelfGovernment. (Christian selfgovernment is the SEED of ALL
5. America’s Heritage of Christian
Character. (Liberty  moral leaders
 accountability to God)
Christian principles of Gov’t.
Foundational to America
6. Principle of Private Property with
Conscience being the Most Sacred of
All Property.
7. Christian Form of Our
Government: a Constitutional
Republic based on the principles
listed above.
Christian principles of Gov’t.
Foundational to America
8. Importance of the home in
maintaining religious, economic, and
civil liberty by instructing the next
generation about these principles.
9. The Christian Principle of
American Political Union (e.g. our
voluntarily working together).
A Word of Warning…
Without these Christian principles,
there can be no liberty in America.
WE must understand these
principles, teach them to our
children, and work to advance them
at home, in church, and in civil
government, otherwise they and the
liberty they beget will be lost.
A Word of Warning…
If America’s liberty is lost, it will not
be because some foreign or domestic
enemy has overpowered us. It will
be because we failed to obey the
Biblical mandate to advance
Christian principles in public policy
through proactive prayer and voting
to select God-fearing leaders.
Consider the Following:
(Key Idea #2)
2. IF we are to preserve
America’s Christian foundation
(the source of her liberty),
people of faith must remember
and fulfill the Biblical mandate
to: SELECT God-fearing leaders
and PRAY for those in
Consider the Following:
(Key Idea #3)
3. To assure consistent prayer and
action toward selecting Godfearing leaders, it is vital to
establish ongoing local Public
Awareness Ministry groups in
each city…
What is Public Awareness
The preservation of America’s
Christian foundation blesses people of
ALL faiths with liberty and security.
1. PUBLIC – our focus is the public
policy/civil government sphere
2. AWARENESS of moral and public
policy issues begets prayer and action
3. MINISTRY is an ongoing effort at least
once a month (not a “project” or “event”).
Public Awareness Ministries’
Scriptural Public Policy Goals:
Select God-fearing leaders
Protect innocent life
Protect marriage and family
Oppose immorality
These are Scriptural, not partisan,
Public Awareness Ministries
Prayer, Equipping, Working…
Born of PRAYER, inviting God’s
presence and help
EQUIPPING with Biblical principles
of government and civic duty
WORKING to select God-fearing
leaders (via non-partisan voter
education, registration, and local
voter guides)
Free Resources Available at
Free Resources Available at
The Public Awareness Ministries
Handbook (15 pages) provides Biblical
reasoning and a plan for establishing
ongoing local Public Awareness Ministry
groups including information about:
 America’s Christian history and foundation
 The Biblical blueprint for liberty
 Our Biblically-defined civic duties
 A government prayer guide and more!
Free Resources Available at
Brad Dacus’ (PJI) letter to pastors
outlining what churches and pastors
CAN DO to advance Christian
principles and leaders in government
Party Platforms Summary (one page)
to learn about the two major parties
Voter Guides (Eagle Forum, TVC,
CC)! Let’s create local voter guides!
There is a 3-Ingredient
Biblical “Recipe” for
Advancing Liberty…
What Must I Do Today to
Advance Christian Liberty?
Education / Discipleship
(including government & civic duty)
Public Policy Participation:
Select God-fearing leaders
Pray for those in authority
Biblical “If-Then” Statements: If We
Select God-Fearing Leaders Then
Our Nation Will Be Blessed and Free!
“Of the increase of His government and
peace, there will be no end…” [Is. 9:7a]
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the
LORD…" [Psalm 33:12]
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a
reproach to any people. [Proverbs 14:34]
“When the righteous are in authority, the
people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules,
the people groan.” [Proverbs 29:2]
Linkage Between Individual
Action and National Liberty
“God grants liberty ONLY to those
who love it and are always ready to
guard and defend it.” [Daniel Webster]
“It does not require a majority to
prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in
people's minds…” [Samuel Adams]
To Make Lasting Change, We Must
Select God-Fearing Leaders…
Russian Proverb: You cannot drive straight
on a crooked road…
William Penn: You can’t get good law from
bad men. [paraphrase]
We must WAKE UP to understand:
WE have a Biblical mandate to pray for and
select God-fearing leaders and
Lobbying bad leaders is fruitless – we
must REPLACE them with God-fearing
Liberty is a Four-Letter Word
(Part 1):
Invite His presence
and help. Pray for
those in authority.
Ask that He raise up
God-fearing leaders.
Ask that He shake
people of faith
awake to fulfill their
civic duty!
Liberty is a Four-Letter Word
(Part 2):
Select Godfearing leaders
Equip people of
faith with
principles of
government and
civic duty…
Liberty is a Four-Letter Word
(Part 3):
Extend Christian
love to enemies and
recalcitrant people
of faith. Speak the
truth IN LOVE with
Love your
enemies, do
good to those
who hate
--Luke 6:27b
This is our house! ”The fundamental
principle of our Constitution enjoins that the will of
the majority shall prevail.” [George Washington]
Domestic enemies pose the
greater threat…
(A) Foreign Enemies
would destroy America
and her liberty from
(B) Domestic Enemies
would separate God and
His principles from
Share the vision with me…
In 2004, 28 members of the California
legislature “term out”
In 2006, 40 members of the California
legislature “term out”
SHARE THE VISION of a California
legislature and two US Senators that
are God-fearing, pro-life, profamily, and pro-morality!
Start a Local Public
Awareness Ministry Group…
Establish a local “base of operations:”
 Borne of PRAYER,
 Founded on GOD’S WORD,
 WORKING to select God-fearing
(Visit for “how-to”
Preserving Liberty and the open
door for the Gospel requires us
to select God-fearing leaders…
Come see me at the table…
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that
works in us, to Him be glory in the
church by Christ Jesus to all
generations, forever and ever. Amen.
[Ephesians 3:20:21]
Not by might nor by power, but by My
Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
[Zechariah 4:6b]
Scriptural Support for Selecting
God-Fearing Leaders…
“He who rules over men must be just, ruling in
the fear of God…” [II Samuel 23:3]
“Moreover you shall select from all the people
able men, such as fear God, men of truth,
hating covetousness; and place such over them
to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds,
rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” [Exodus
See also Deuteronomy 16:18
Scriptural Support for Prayer and
Depending Upon Him…
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man
avails much”. [James 5:16b]
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be
made for all men, for kings and all who are
in authority, that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” [I
Timothy 2:1-2]
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,
says the LORD of hosts.” [Zechariah 4:6b]
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