For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6,7
Straight-forward, Christian analysis of public policy issues based on the bible. That's what you've come to expect from PEAPAC, and that's what we gave you again this year. Our Voter's Guide once more was used by thousands of Oregonians to help them think through how best to vote on two state-wise ballot measures.
We know there's not a lot of optimism out there about politics. But the
good news was that Measure 50, which we opposed, went down to defeat! We also opposed Measure 49, the land-use measure, but it passed.
But even here, there was good news. The fact is that if this same measure had been on the ballot thirty years ago, it would have been considered a radical step towards breaking the bureaucratic stranglehold via regulation of private property. So, the past few decades saw us take several giant steps forward, towards a more Biblical perspective on land use planning. Measure 49 was just a small step backward.
There was one piece of bad news in the election, however. The reason why 49 passed was that it was approved by a
huge majority in Multnomah County. All the rural counties voted to defeat this small step backwards from private property rights. The population of Oregon is becoming increasingly urban, and that spells difficulties.
Now, the bible says cities are good. But in our times, the cities have become hotbeds of liberalism and statism. Why? I think this is largely because Christians have mostly moved out of the cities. The result of an absence of Christians in any endeavor is increasing sin. As Marvin Olasky, editor of World magazine said here in Portland this year, we need a new Christian urbanism. We need to take back the cities, and as a result, we will take back culture and public policy.
This same phenomenon is true in politics. The adage is that politics is a dirty business. Like the cities, this is true because Christians were uninvolved in politics for far too long. And like the cities, the answer is a renewed engagement by self-conscious, bible-believing Christians.
That's why we're here - to encourage an unabashedly Christian re-engagement in the public arena. Let's face it.
Where else are you going to go to get the sort of plain-spoken, no holds barred Biblical take on the issues that confront us here in Oregon? You won't find
our Biblical Ballot Measure Voter's Guide moving away from a hard-edged Christian perspective towards political correctness.
Why? Because we here at the Parents Education Association are theocrats, and we're willing to say so. Yes, the dreaded "theocracy" is precisely what we think is not just a goal, but a
reality. God rules in every area of life and thought, and the quicker we acknowledge that fact, the better life will be for us. The quicker we vote based on a Biblical understanding of the issues, the quicker our State will be blessed with laws that reflect the wonderful grace, truth, and beauty of the bible, and of the Savior whose coming we celebrate at this time of year.
At Christmas we sing Joy to the World, the wonderful Christian adaptation of Psalm 98 by Isaac Watts. When we do, we sing "He comes to make His blessings flow,
far as the curse is found." Is civil government touched by the curse? Then it surely will be one of the places where His blessings will flow. When we sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" we sing "glory to the newborn
King." The advent of the King of Kings is what Christmas is all about. And that means He is King of the civil rulers (kings) in Oregon, and they should govern according to His wisdom and law.
The delightful Christmas text of Isaiah 9:6, 7 tells us that "of the increase of His government and peace, there shall be no end." While Islam tries in vain to enforce an ecclesiocracy, a rule by the church, here at PEAPAC, we proclaim the Christian message of theocracy, the rule of God, of
King Jesus. The songs we sing at Christmas inspire us all year long to speak forth the truth of the King's Word as it relates to government.
Won't you continue to help us proclaim that Christmas message all year long? Won't you use the essentially no-cost Oregon Political Action Tax Credit to fund our straight-forward Bible-based analysis of public policy issues?
Amazingly, you can use some of your state income tax dollars to do just that - help work to develop godly laws, lawmakers and judges. Here in Oregon, the Political Action Tax Credit lets every state taxpayer,
regardless of whether or not they itemize deductions, divert some of their taxes to political action groups like PEAPAC. This is a dollar for dollar credit, not a deduction, of up to $50 per individual or $100 per couple.
So, this is money that costs you nothing to contribute. You can't keep these dollars. Either you give them to a group like PEAPAC, or you give them to the State of Oregon, to be used for who knows what.
Each donation, no matter how small, is a tremendous encouragement to us! And it helps us fulfill our mission, to bring God's Word and Christian thought, the Christmas message, to bear on public policy issues.
What a wonderful time of year for you to help accomplish this goal!
Thanks so much for all your help, and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
Dennis Tuuri, Executive Director
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