Friday Five: Short Session Ends, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest: Representing Christ on the Front Lines & more...

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families. 

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1. Short Session Ends!

The short session of the two-year biennial session of the General Assembly wrapped up last Friday, June 29th.  It lived up to its name by lasting for only a little over six weeks.  During the short session, legislators made changes to the State’s two-year budget, passed six Constitutional Amendments that will go on this fall’s ballot for voters to approve, and overrode seven out of nine vetoes issued by the Governor.  Out of thousands of bills filed in the two-year period, only 128 of them became law in 2018. 

Day in and day out, the NC Values Coalition was there to represent your values, whether working to get legislation passed, helping to guide its final language, or working to make sure bad ideas don’t become law.  Our legislators worked very hard this year and accomplished some tremendous policy changes. Click below to see what was passed during this short session!

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2. North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest: Representing Christ on the Front Lines

"Forest believes the Lord has him in the political arena “for such a time as this” and that, similarly, the church must embrace its divinely destined role in a culture that has, in many ways, turned its back on God.

“Many of the issues we deal with today are direct attacks on God’s creation, like Biblical manhood and womanhood, that come down to very clear lines being drawn that are anti-Biblical and anti-Christian,” he said. “The church needs to realize the times we’re in and that if it doesn’t stand up and fulfill its role in such a time as this—loving our neighbors and truly being the church in tough times—then there probably will be no hope for the future of our country to have religious freedom and a free society. God has placed us here, and we need to do our job.”

That sometimes means being willing to take controversial, unpopular positions in order to obey the Lord."

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3. Roe  Is a Travesty

"The prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade will be at the foreground of the battle over Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement, and it should be.

Roe is judicially wrought social legislation pretending to the status of constitutional law. It is more adventurous than Miranda and Griswold, other watchwords of judicial activism from its era. It is as much a highhanded attempt to impose a settlement on a hotly contested political question as the abhorrent Dred Scott decision denying the rights of blacks. It is, in short, a travesty that a constitutionalist Supreme Court should excise from its body of work with all due haste.

Roe has been commonly misunderstood since it was handed down in 1973, in part because its supporters have been so determined to obscure its radicalism. It is usually thought that Roe only prohibits bans on abortion in the first trimester, when it effectively forbids them at any time, imposing a pro-abortion regime as sweeping as anywhere in the advanced world"

 

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4. Campos-Duffy: Liberal Media Targeting Potential SCOTUS Pick's Faith Shows 'Religious Intolerance'

"A variety of outlets have commented on Judge Amy Barrett's religious beliefs ahead of the president's selection.

"[Barrett] went to [the University of] Notre Dame ... she is very Catholic," Zerlina Maxwell said Monday on MSNBC.

Daily Beast editor Erin Ryan also said Tuesday on CNN that "if [Trump] does pick a woman she'll be known as the 'Aunt Lydia' of the Supreme Court," referring to a character in "The Handmaid's Tale" who subjugates other women."

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5. NC congressional candidate Mark Harris under attack for Mother's Day sermon

Rev. Mark Harris has been targeted by American Bridge, a Democratic PAC that conducts opposition research and is trying to diminish the role of motherhood by attacking his Mother's Day sermon. Read the statement below by NC Values Executive Director, Tami L. Fitzgerald:

“As a professional woman and an attorney, I can say that Mark Harris has always treated me as an equal.  He is not threatened by professional women, and he has always encouraged me in my role as the organization’s Executive Director. It’s sad that Dan McCready and his campaign are so desperate that they had to criticize a sermon Mark Harris preached to encourage women on the virtues of Motherhood on Mother’s Day. 

Why is Dan McCready maligning women who place a high priority on being mothers? Motherhood is important in our society, and it should not be diminished or attached by political opportunists like Dan McCready.”

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a beautiful Dad. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. Our very nature calls us into the most intimate of relationships, where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession--as individuals and as members of larger communities--over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human--being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one's children. 

LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: LORD be with our legislature as they try to protect our children! We thank you for the work the General Assembly was able to do in these short six weeks. LORD, be with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest as he stands up for your truth in the public sphere, protect him from all the pitfalls that are before him. Dear LORD, we thank you that President Trump has the opportunity to appoint a new justice to the U.S.Supreme Court as a replacement for Justice Kennedy. Guide President Trump in his deliberations over who to appoint, and give him Godly wisdom and discernment to choose the best nominee. Be with the potential nominees, and give the one who is selected the perseverance, patience, and grace to withstand the attacks from those who oppose You. We PRAY LORD for a new justice who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Protect Judge Amy Barrett who is under such scrutiny for her faith in you. Help her to withstand the personal attacks based solely on her love for you as a strong Catholic and her being a mother of seven children. Be with all of our families today, and we ask that your Spirit may empower us to be better fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127:3-5)


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