Tell us about the Republican National Committee employing your services in 2004. How many churches/pastors did you speak at? What was the purpose? Was it successful in your opinion?
The story of my involvement with the Republican National Committee begins much earlier than 2004. It actually involves two different paths of my learning and experience that eventually converged into what I did for the Republican National Committee. Those two paths involved a path of political involvement, and a path of ministry involvement. Allow me to present a bit of background on both paths.
1. Political Involvement I believe strongly in the truth of Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” This verse addresses national, and not individual, righteousness (although there are plenty of other verses that do address personal righteousness). National righteousness is a product of national policies (such as our policies on abortion, marriage, public acknowledgment of God, usury, private property, social ministries, and many other areas directly addressed by the Scriptures); and those national policies are the product of the officials we elect to represent us from the local to the national level. Therefore, if there is to be righteousness that can exalt a nation, it will be the result of placing into office God-fearing leaders who will craft national policies that God can bless. Hence, the truth of Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” This means that if I want to see Proverbs 14:34 become a reality in America – if I want to enjoy the blessings that can flow from the promise in that verse – then I must focus my attention on (1) electing officials who comport with the requirements of verses such as Exodus 18:21 and (2) electing and securing the appointment of judges who fulfill the requirements of Ezra 7:25, Psalms 2:10-12, 2 Chronicles 19:6-7, etc.
The simplest means to do this is by voting. But I soon discovered that on too many occasions when voting in the November general election, I often ended up having to make a decision between candidates that I might characterize as the bad and the worse, rather than the good and the better. So how could I have better choices on the ballot in November? To place better candidates on the November ballot meant that I must vote in the primary elections that occurred before the November general election.
I found that often, both major parties had at least one God-fearing candidate on the ballot in their primary, but those Godly candidates were often defeated and thus did not get to advance to the November election; and this was because so few God-fearing voters voted in primary elections. (Whereas it is unfortunate that usually only 1 in 4 Christians will vote in the November general elections, it is even more unfortunate that only 1 in 16 will vote in a primary election. Christians too often say they want to be an independent voter and not be partisan, but by so doing, they do not help the best candidates advance through the primaries to reach the November election.)