Vision America was founded by Pastor
Rick Scarborough to reach across the nation and help mobilize
thousands of his fellow pastors of all denominations. He recognized
that if he, as pastor, did not promote active citizenship within his
congregation then participation dropped dramatically. Conversely, if
he was proactive in speaking to the moral issues and encouraging
civic involvement in his church many more people took their
citizenship seriously and became active.
Studies of voting behavior among
citizens who regularly attend church indicate that between
two-thirds and three-fourths of them still do not vote regularly or
at all. According to the Barna Group there are 324,000 Protestant
churches in America, not including Roman Catholic parishes and
Orthodox Jewish synagogues, with an average Sunday worship service
attendance of 100 adults. If only 66 percent are not voting, that
means there are over 21 million adults who are absent from the
political playing field. In addition, thousands of local, state and
federal offices lack the influence of God-fearing, Bible-believing
citizens who do not step up to run for those positions. We are not
losing the war by being "outgunned," we are losing by
Vision America is all about
empowering the "shepherds" to lead their
"flocks" back into being salt in our nation. If pastoral
encouragement increases participation, then the obvious answer is to
reach out and work with more pastors to encourage and assist them to
promote their congregation's citizenship responsibilities in
addition to their spiritual growth. Pastors are usually overworked,
underpaid and under heavy demand, which is why an organization that
focuses specifically on their needs is crucial.
Vision America has gathered the
credibility of leaders such as Dr. D. James Kennedy, Rev. Don
Wildmon, Paul Weyrich, Dr. Adrian Rogers, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Rev.
Peter Marshall and a growing list of nationally recognized pastors
to launch this work. This actually involves pastors in oversight and
accountability at all levels of the organization and legitimately IS
grassroots focused. No other organization exists exclusively to
involve, represent, and serve pastors and their congregations in the
realm of reforming culture and government from a traditional
Judeo-Christian perspective. It is their organization, and it brings
decades of public policy reform, education and training support
right to the local church.
For the sake of the United States of
America and the future of our families it MUST be done.
"If my people, which are called
by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,
and forgive their sins, and will heal their land."