Who is Vision America?
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.
Why is this activity necessary?
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 forfeit.
What is the solution?
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.
Why another organization?
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
Can this be done?
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."
2 Chronicles 7:14