Christians are called to many different vocations besides the vocation of disciple and believer. We are also called to be spouses, parents, employers, employees and neighbors. One of our important vocations is that of citizen. On this page we will provide information that will help you carry out the vocation of citizen. We encourage all our members to be informed about our world, nation and state; to pray for leaders and citizens; and, as much as possible, to influence the world, nation and state toward that which is good and just that we might...
"...lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:2-4).
On November 6th we have the opportunity to choose leaders for our local, state and federal governments. Voting is an important responsiblity for Christians. Some issues do not directly affect our Christian faith and are matters of public debate. There are issues, however, that Christians should support and about which they should be concerned. Before you vote on Tuesday, you should find out where the candidates you are being asked to elect stand on important issues. Here are some questions that you should ask:
1. Do you support the life of the unborn and oppose the practice of abortion? Do you oppose laws that allow tax dollars to pay for abortions?
2. Do you support the right of medical professionals not to be required to give referrals and information on medical procedudres they mind morally objectionable (like abortion)?
3. Do oppose laws that would allow people to change their gender on their birth certificate?
4. Do you think minors who suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria should be allowed to receive counseling that would lead them away from these behaviors? Do you oppose laws that would forbid such counseling?
5. Do you support the free exercise of religion including the right of artists, bakers, florists, and pastors to not to be involved in or support ceremonies they find morally objectionable such as gay marriages?
Call or email the candidates or research the internet. The Voter Guide prepared by the Illinois Family Institute can be of some help.
Last of all: Before you vote on Tuesday, pray for God to work through our electoral process to give us leaders who fear God and respect His laws and for citizens who will do the same. Pray that all Christians would not only keep all God-pleasing laws but even surpass them in their desire to love God and their neighbors as themselves!
These questions were prepared by Pastor Walther. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HR 6157 Gives Support for Planned Parenthood
HR 6157 has passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin. This Bill is an appropriations bill which is labeled as an extension of funding for Defense Department measures, but like so many other bills it has dozens of other measures within. Included is upwards of $500 million in funds for Planned Parenthood. If you are led to do so, you may contact the White House and urge President Trump to veto this or any Bill which contains taxpayer funding for abortion providers.
The LCMS Files an Amicus Brief for New California Law
In response to a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to provide information and contacts to abortion providers, the Synod has filed an amicus brief in a law suit that will be going before the US Supreme Court. "No one should be forced to provide free advertising for the abortion industry -- least of all pro-life pregnancy centers," said Michael Farris, the President and General Counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, who is representing the pregnancy centers in the case.
This is yet another case the Synod has participated in during recent years. Although this law suit does not feature an LCMS entity, it is a matter which will affect pregnancy centers supported by Lutherans all over the US.
Contact Information for
Our Political Leaders
Governor Bruce Rauner
Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (District 56) www.senatorhaine Ph. 217-782-5247 Fax 217-782-8287
Illinois Representative Dan Beiser (District 111) www.representativebeiser.com Ph. 217-782-5996 Fax 217-558-0493
Illinois Representative Katie Stuart (District 112) www.stuartforrep.com. Ph. 217-782-5951
US Congressional Representative Rodney Davis (District 12) www.rodneydavis.house.gov Ph. 202-225-2371 Fax 202225-0791
US Congressional Representative Mike Bost (District 12) www.bost.house.gov
Ph. 202-225-5661 Fax 202-225-0285
US Congressional Representative John Shimkus (District 15) www.shimkus.house.gov Ph. 202-225-5271 Fax 202-225-5880
US Senator Richard Durbin www.durbin.senate.gov Ph. 202-224-2152 Fax 202-228-0400
US Senator Tammy Duckworth www.duckworth.senate.gov Ph. 202-224-2854 Fax 202-228-0618