WS>>Weekend Reading From CCF
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Tue May 27 14:53:02 MDT 2003
By Randy Thomasson <update at savecalifornia.com>
Executive Director, Campaign for California Families
I receive a lot of emails' During CCF's recent "No New
Taxes" lobbying campaign, I received several emails from
people saying they've had enough of California 's problems
and they're moving out of the Golden State'
What about you? Are you moving out of California ?
Or will you stay and fight?
Those are the options for pro-family citizens' You can
say, "It's gotten so bad morally and financially in Califor-
nia , God wants me to flee from persecution and move'"
Or you can say, "Wait a minute' I'm called to shine
the light instead of cursing the darkness' People are down
on Gray Davis and shocked when they hear about the liberal
agenda' There could be a recall campaign' A lot more pro-
family people could do a whole lot more' I'm staying' I
want to do my part in the fight for the children and the
heart and soul of California '"
What do you say? I say: Don't move' Instead, please
stay and fight' If you're a Christian, you are called to
shine the light of truth' This analogy assumes a dark
situation' We are told to love God and neighbor, cling to
what is good and expose what is evil' When you think about
it spiritually, it's a great time to be a Californian!
Trends show California is ripe for change' People are
feeling the pain of the state budget mess, the energy cri-
sis, anti-family laws and taxes that drive out jobs'
They're focusing their anger on Gray Davis' In Febru-
ary, the Public Policy Institute of California reported that
60% of registered voters and 72% of likely voters disapprove
of Davis ' job performance'
Then in March, the Los Angeles Times reported that
only 27% of Californians approve of Davis and a whopping
64% disapprove' If the Times had chosen to report it,
Davis ' negative numbers are probably closer to 80% among
the people who regularly vote!
In the Bible, Paul encouraged a young pastor who was
feeling weak' Timothy was told to "fight the good fight of
faith," "endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ"
and "be ready in season and out of season'"
The most admired people have persevered in the midst
of tremendous adversity' George Washington and Abraham
Lincoln both knew what trouble was' Washington could have
retired at Mount Vernon , but he chose to se rve as presi-
dent' Lincoln could have been a rich lawyer, but he cared
about slavery and the plight of our nation'
Alexander Graham Bell, who failed in his attempt to
create a device to help the deaf, succeeded in inventing the
telephone' Reflecting on his life, Bell said, "When one
door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so
regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the on e
which has opened for us'" Truly, the glass is half-full'
Nobody wants to be controlled by fear' But we have to
choose to walk in a spirit of power, love and a sound mind'
Reject fear and banish fatalism' Stay in California and
"fight the good fight'" As faithful people, we must put on
courage and take full advantage of the opportunities pro-
duced by pain'
Pain has a way of getting our attention, doesn't it?
By staying in the battle, asking God for vision, and think-
ing in brand new ways, the pro-family movement will grow'
Randy Thomasson's commentary was published in CCF's
April newsletter' If you would like to receive CCF's month-
ly newsletter, please consider becoming a financial support-
er when you write Campaign for California Families or visit
us online at www.savecalifornia.com'
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