Your state leader has taken the time to bring to attention various and important information about the political and cultural things going on in your state. Visit this section often to see the latest news from the front line. And if you have not already done so, visit the Consent Declaration page and join the many who have signed the petition by clicking here.
Cynthia Alderman – Colorado State Director
While being a director with Restore-Liberty, Cynthia has spent time endorsing several candidates for the 2022 elections and educating the public on legislation being introduced and passed in the 73rd and 74th General Assembly. She is also currently serving as a precinct leader for El Paso County.
Most Pressing Issue – What is the Role of the Church and the Body in the Political Landscape?
Many within our state and our nation recognize we are not headed in the right direction. We need a new vector to guide us to the proper target. What is the target we are trying to hit and what is the “vector” we need to guide us there? If one’s compass is off even a small margin, over time traveling, you can end up in a completely different destination than intended.
Our nation’s compass has been directionally off for decades. Our nation was founded on Godly principles and once we allowed the government to get involved in religion, we lost the original intent and vision of our nation. Where there is no divine vision people cast off restraint, but blessed is the one who keeps Torah (Instruction). Proverbs 29:18 TLV Version. The scripture makes it clear without a Godly vision, the people will become unrestrained. The second part of the Proverbs provides us with an answer to the casting off of restraint. Those who keep God’s instructions will be blessed. The Hebrew word Torah literally means instruction, the root means to shoot like an arrow at a target.
For our nation to be steered back to where we got “off” target, we need to return to the original intent of all the instructional foundational documents including the Separation of Church and State. The founding fathers never intended for the Church not to be involved in government, it was to keep the government out of the Church. Many of the founding fathers believed that government should not interfere with the free exercise of religion. The principle of separation of Church and State comes from the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
So why are churches walking away from taking a role of influence within the political arena? As many have become aware of the political landscape within our nation, the same people have become aware of the political landscape within the Church buildings. Even if a Church decides “I don’t want to be involved politically,” this mere statement has put them into the political landscape. As believers in the body of Messiah, there are questions presented before us, which seem to be emotionally charged regardless of which side you take from a “political” perspective.
Yet, the question remains, how is the body of Messiah called to respond in such matters? Is there a role for the Church and are the Church and the individual believers fulfilling the “role” to which we were called? Before the Lord ordained Israel into a Nation, He provided her with a “constitution” as well. However, their Constitution wouldn’t be of man, but of Adonai. Israel’s birth was inaugurated on Mount Sinai with the giving of Adonai’s instructions (the Torah). He knew in order for Israel to fulfill her true eternal destination as mentioned in Rev. 21, she would need a “compass” a “vision” of HIM to guide her when darkness and evil would increase. While the Lord didn’t appear to our Nation on a mountain top, no one can deny our founding documents were inspired by God, the Creator of all heaven and earth. The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were to be our beacon of light to guide and direct us in times of darkness.
When Jesus came to the earth as a man, He had to walk and minister during a politically contentious landscape. While the Roman Empire ruled over most of the earth and sought to oppress the Jews and gain financially from their existence, they did allow the Jews their freedom of worship and even their own leadership during this time. Jesus trained His disciples, rebuked the Pharisees, encouraged the broken and taught truth wherever He walked. Jesus stated “If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But you are not of the world, since I have chosen you out of the world; therefore the world hates you. John 15:18, In Matthew 10 and Matthew 24, Jesus states you will be hated by ALL because of me, we will be handed over to persecution. There are too many scriptures in the gospels referencing our suffering and persecution as believers to even list them here. In John 16:2 Jesus tells the believers, they will be thrown out of the Synagogues, understand the Synagogue was their intimate community and yet they would be thrown out. After Jesus warns the disciples of what is to come, He follows up in the chapter by telling them, they will abandon Him.
The question it leaves both the Church and the individual believer with today is this, will we abandon Him and His call during this hour and the hours ahead? The instructions Adonai provided Israel with before her birth were not general instructions, they were extremely detailed. Why? He intended it to touch every area of their lives. Today, politics also touches every area of our life. It provides instructions on how we are to live. Can we murder? Do parents have the right to raise their children? How do we help the hurting? Are we endowed by THE Creator with our individual rights? If we attempt to avoid conflict by not being involved are we doing what 2 Tim 3:16 tells us? It states that “All Scripture is inspired by God[a] and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration, and for training in righteousness.” Isn’t this how Jesus walked during a politically charged landscape? Are we not called to walk as Jesus did and to engage and speak the truth regardless of the political climate? How can we fulfill this call if we as the body of Messiah avoid the political challenges?
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Overview of the 74th General Assembly
Democrats dominate the political landscape in Colorado: they hold every statewide office, as well as hold a 46-19 majority in the House and a 23-12 lead in the Senate. Many observers considered the 2023
Democrat agenda the most radical in state history. In the House we witnessed Democrats ramming through legislation dealing with transgenderism, abortion, the curtailment of 2nd Amendment rights, and property rights. By a true miracle of the Lord, a bill to ban so-called assault weapons (HB23-1230) was quashed.
A committee with nine Democrats and four Republicans voted down the bill, 8-5. House Bill 1003 (see below) was passed in the House; it included mental health screening for students 12 years old and up that enabled them to seek and receive counseling from mental health professionals and, eventually, treatment related to transgenderism – all without parental notification. The Senate mercifully removed this egregious violation of parental rights.
Nevertheless additional measures to curb gun ownership, expand abortion rights, and interfere with property rights under the guise of ‘affordable housing’ did make their way to the Governor’s desk. Below are only a few examples that have been signed by the Governor.
SB23-303 Claims to Reduce Property Tax when it’s removing Taxpayer Money from TABOR to provide the deduction. A great video to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdXFAarCO_o
A link to the signed legislation.
HB23-1219 Waiting Period to Deliver a Firearm – Minimum of 3-day waiting period
SB23-168 Gun Violence Victims Access to the Judicial System – A liability to Gun Manufacturers
SB23-169 Increasing Minimum Age to Purchase Firearms to 21
SB23-170 Extreme Risk Protection Orders – Expands Red Flag Law Restrictions
SB23-279 Unserialized Firearms and Firearm Components – re-defining firearms to include unfinished frames and non-GCA controlled parts, which violates the principles of Article 1 Section 1 to the U.S. Constitution.
A link to the signed legislation
HB23-1003 School Mental Health Assessment-Establishes a mental health assessment program to be administered by the public schools to students in 6th through 12th grade. (see above) https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb23-1003
Calls to Action
Pray for all our Governing Leadership!
NO on November Ballot for SB23-303
SB23-303 Will be hitting the ballot in November, make sure to vote NO removing TABOR funds from the citizens of Colorado. See above for Details on this piece of legislation.
Testify on upcoming Legislative Bills by joining Restore-Liberty Colorado on Facebook or email [email protected] and I will add you to our email distribution.
Write, Call and Email your Legislator – Their emails can be found at https://leg.colorado.gov/legislators
Don’t vote for legislators with a poor Constitutional Conservative Voting Score. While Liberty Scorecard isn’t perfect, it will give you a gauge on how your legislator is voting in each session. Ask yourself what score do you believe is a strong representation of one who holds to strong Conservative values? Is 60% enough? There are too many to list in the 60’s, however I have highlighted the lowest. Go to https://libertyscorecardco.us/#/ to see your representative’s score.
Here are Lowest Republican Scores for the 74th General Assembly
Rick Taggart HD55 – 47%
Mary Bradfield HD21 – 56%
Mike Lynch (Minority Leader) HD65 – 56%
Rod Bockenfeld HD56 – 58%
Rose Pugliese (Assistant Minority Leader) HD14 – 58%
Cleave Simpson SD6 – 51%
Will Perry SD5 – 52%
Barbara Kirkmeyer SD23 – 56%
Janice Rich SD7 – 56%
Larry Liston SD10– 57%
Former El Paso County GOP Chair, Vicki Tonkins was once again re-elected as the EPC GOP Chair.
Kathy Horsky was recently elected as the Vice Chair for the El Paso County Republican Strategy Forum! Kathy has been actively engaged in politics for 15 years, serving on a congressional campaign, state campaigns, and local campaigns, in both paid and volunteer positions. She has been active in the EPC Republican Strategy Forum for four years, promoting conservative principles and spearheading projects. Kathy has also sponsored several fundraisers, and has helped at the El Paso County GOP in various capacities.
Former State Representative Dave Williams now leads as he Colorado GOP Chair. Williams is loyal to the Constitution, and will need your prayers to encourage conservatives and people of faith to engage in the
political process and to safeguard the unalienable rights of all people, and the rights of parents in education and the well-being of their children.
House Representatives Scott Bottoms HD15, Ken Degraff HD22 and Stephanie Luck HD60 all ended with the highest Liberty Scorecard Scores for the 74th General Assembly. Bottoms 87%, Degraff 90% and Luck 93%! If you would like to see clips on how they fought during session, check out https://www.youtube.com/@mountainair7-4
Most Pressing Issues in Ohio
General assembly is considering redistricting as well as Vaccine mandates in schools and CRT.
Dayton Daily News reports:
Redistricting, sports betting COVID-19 vaccines and CRT are high on the Ohio legislators priority lists when the general assembly reconvenes on Wednesday. Legislators are required to pass new maps for Ohios congressional districts this fall. The state will lose one if its 16 US House seats due to sluggish growth reported by the 2020 census. They are also working to change the states strict election laws. This is a very bad thing for Ohio.
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