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Prouder, stronger and better….”It’s morning again” and yes it is almost morning as I write these slogans/quotes of President Ronald Reagan, reflecting on the slogans of the bygone era of the Reagan Presidency. President Reagan may not have been a perfect President, but for all his faults, defeats, and failures, he was a man who believed in this nation and believed it was nation under God. Today in history on February 4th, 1985, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Annual Convention of the National Religious Broadcasters. Some of the remarks that struck me during that speech…
All of you, all of the people in this room are doing your part to fill the world with God’s work and make more gentle man’s life on Earth. Like St. Peter and his brother, St. Andrew, you’ve been good and faithful fishermen, and you’ve fought the good fight — for prayer in the schools and against abortion and for freedom in the world. You know, perhaps better than I, that you have never let us down.
I still believe the government is the servant of the people and not the other way around.
But all of these things I’ve mentioned are pretty revolutionary. All of these things — learning to control the government, limiting the amount of money it can take from us, protecting our country through a strong defense — all of these things revolve around one word, and that word is “freedom.” And as Jefferson said, “The Lord who gave us life, the God who gave us life gave us liberty also.
On January 30th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan delivered this speech at the Annual Convention of the National Religious Broadcasters at the Sheraton Washington hotel.
I know what I’m about to say now is controversial, but I have to say it. This nation cannot continue turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the taking of some 4,000 unborn children’s lives every day. That’s one every 21 seconds. One every 21 seconds.
We cannot pretend that America is preserving her first and highest ideal, the belief that each life is sacred, when we’ve permitted the deaths of 15 million helpless innocents since the Roe versus Wade decision — 15 million children who will never laugh, never sing, never know the joy of human love, will never strive to heal the sick or feed the poor or make peace among nations. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights. We are all infinitely poorer for their loss.
So much of what he spoke about from January 30, 1984 and yet again on February 4th 1985, are issues that we are still fighting today. Some would even say at a greater disadvantage, against an adversary that has grown in power by corrupting a great many to their cause through deceit and bribery. So keep in mind as we continue to campaign for the right to life, our God given freedoms, free markets and fiscal responsibility. How very true this statement: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”~President Ronald Reagan.
Morning Again Campaign Video
Today I went to my state capital in Springfield IL, where I was joined by a significant number of those that shared my biblical belief in what defines marriage and why it is important as Christians to defend holy matrimony. By some the attendance estimate was 2,000+ persons, but because many were busy lobbying at the legislators offices across the street, and visiting other offices, I would put it at more like 3,000+. Illinois Family Institute sponsored the Defend Marriage day with a great turnout during the middle of a week day of Black Pastors from some of the predominantly Black churches were in attendance bring bus and van loads of members as well as Christian activists and a good showing of media.
Monsignor Kemme of Springfield’s Catholic Diocese stated, marriage is God’s design not man’s. Sen. Kirk Dillard/Governor Candidate, Sen. Bill Brady/Governor Candidate, and Rep. Sen. Jim Oberweis (whom is contemplating a run for the Senate office against democrat Sen. Dick Durbin), spoke as well today to defend traditional marriage that is solely of one man and one woman.
The day started bright and early with a prayer service at the Lincoln Memorial and then moving inside to pick up documents and letters to deliver to your state legislator as well as to lobby and deliver a letter to the House Speaker (D), Michael Madigan, and Minority Leader (R) Jim Durkin. The day wrapped up with a marriage Jericho Prayer Walk around the State Capital.
One of today’s great pleasures was seeing some of my locally active clergy, activist, media and Christians all I am proud to call friend. I have had the great pleasure of working with, and attending previous functions with them. First I want to thank IFI’s Executive Director, Dave Smith, whom did a phenomenal job of coordinating the program. A brief recognition to these fine folks I am proud to call friend, and am thrilled every time I get the chance to meet up with them at such an occasion: Dr. Eric Wallace, Pastor Caesar LeFlore, Stephanie Webber-Trussell, Liz Eihlers, Peter Breen,and Dorothy Chinchilla.
The speeches were invigorating, encouraging, as well as including the word of God. I personally left feeling not just hopeful but prayerful with my trust in God and His will. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.”~Mark 10:6, ”Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”~Mark 10:9
I have put together a snippet of the speeches from the afternoon, they are in no particular order, but they do highlight the diversity of speakers present.