YOUR Topics: Finding Out About The Issues

As we’ve stated before, our goal for the month of June is to help you understand some ways YOU can get involved in making a difference through sharing some of the things that we’ve personally found helpful.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that before you can act on an issue, you have to know that the issue even exists!  This is why today, I’m going to share with you three of the websites that I’ve found most helpful for learning about issues that we need to act on.

1) American Family Association (AFA)
(http://www.afa.net/)
This is the site I’ve used the longest.  I’ve been on their email list for as along as I can remember.

According to their action statement,

“The American Family Association acts to:

  1. Restrain evil by exposing the works of darkness
  2. Promote virtue by upholding in culture that which is right, true and good according to Scripture
  3. Convince individuals of sin and challenge them to seek Christ’s grace and forgiveness
  4. Motivate people to take a stand on cultural and moral issues at the local, state and national levels
  5. Encourage Christians to bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ as they live their lives before the world

“To that end, AFA spurs activism directed to:

•Preservation of Marriage and the Family
•Decency and Morality
•Sanctity of Human Life
•Stewardship
•Media Integrity”

The thing I like about AFA is that generally around once a week, you’ll get an email action alert that explains what the current issue is (everything from a bad piece legislation, constitutional overreach, infringement on our freedoms, etc).  Then they have a link you can click that takes you to a pre-typed email that is ready for you to send to your state legislators.  If you don’t know who your legislators are (or what their contact info is), that’s not a problem because all you do is put in your address and the site sends it to the right legislators based on what district your address is located in.  This is an easy way to stay up to date on some current issues and also begin making a difference by letting your members of congress hear your opinion.  Sometimes there will also be an option for you to call your legislators which tends to be even more effective than email.

AFA also has some other email lists besides the action alerts that you may be interested in such as their weekly radio program (news related) and daily articles (on a wide range of topics).  You can access all of this through your email preferences on their site.

2) The World View
(https://theworldview.com/)

This is by far my favorite site for news.  They cover all areas of news from a Christian perspective and you can get a compilation of the top news for any given day delivered right to your inbox!  The other neat thing about The World View is that they sometimes cover less known news such as a family that needs prayer, calling attention to a GoFundMe campaign for a special cause, or even a current issue that needs acting on.

The description on their website reads,

“A totally unique look at the world everyday.  It’s upbeat.  It’s truthful.  It’s biased.  But it’s the right bias.  It’s the best bias of all.

“Voiced by veteran talk show host Adam McManus and written by radio-host and pastor Kevin Swanson and a team of other staff writers, The World View in 5 Minutes is a round-up of the daily news from a Biblical perspective.  And, perhaps most uniquely, you will often hear applicable Scriptures paired with the stories themselves.  It’s part Paul Harvey, part R.C. Sproul.

“You’ll get addicted to the most definitively Christian overview of the news including politics, pop culture, the church, and tracing God’s sovereign hand in the affairs of man.”

As I was writing this post, I learned that they’ve just launched a campaign to help keep The World View on the air!  They need to raise a specific amount by the end of June.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please head over to their website, sign up for their news (it’s free!), and pledge your support today by giving them a donation.  I know you won’t be disappointed!

3) The Heritage Foundation/Heritage Action for America 
(http://heritageaction.com/)
(http://www.heritage.org/)
These sister sites do great work for the conservative cause.

The Heritage Foundation website reads,

“The mission of The Heritage Foundation is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

“Free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense—promoting these principles is the mission of The Heritage Foundation, which we fight for every single day.

“As the nation’s largest, most broadly-supported conservative research and educational institution—a think tank—The Heritage Foundation has been the bastion of the American conservative movement since our founding in 1973.  More than 500,000 dues-paying members support our vision to build an America where freedom, prosperity, opportunity and civil society flourish.

“We believe the principles and ideas of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing.  As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and principles.

“Heritage’s staff pursues this mission by performing timely, accurate research on key policy issues and effectively marketing these findings to our primary audiences: members of Congress, key congressional staff members, policymakers in the executive branch, the nation’s news media, and the academic and policy communities.”

Three of the things I like most about Heritage Action are:

– The Heritage Action Scorecard.  Here (http://heritageactionscorecard.com/) you can get detailed information on how your members of Congress rank on a conservative index.

– Their “Tweet Fests”.  If you sign up for their twitter news and announcements, they will notify you when there’s a particular issue that they plan on hitting hard on Twitter.  Then on a given date and time, conservatives all tweet using the same hashtags and contacting legislators.  This helps show the amount of support for particular issues.

-The Sentinel Program.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who really wants to jump to action.  Their website explains the program,

“Heritage Action Sentinels are a group of committed conservatives doing the hard work of Congressional accountability. You should join us!

“Sentinels receive:

•The very latest information on conservative fights in Congress.
•Personal support from the Heritage Action team.
•The Sentinel Kit, with a variety of materials to amplify your efforts.
•Invitations to telemeetings and calls with our team and exclusive events.

“We’re proud to offer a lot to Sentinels and those on the path to becoming Sentinels, but the whole program is designed to be a movement of conservatives holding Congress accountable 24/7.  The real reward is seeing Congress start making right decisions.”

Visit http://heritageaction.com/sentinel/ for more information!

Conclusion
There are many more sites out there, but these are three of my favorites!  I hope you’ll find them useful too and begin working to make a difference (if you haven’t already!)!  You can always visit our Helpful Resources page to find more helpful websites as well!

For Liberty!

Savannah

2 thoughts on “YOUR Topics: Finding Out About The Issues”

  1. These are 3 very informative websites, Savannah, and thank you for describing the benefits of each one so well! Another one you’ve probably visited is Eagle Forum, http://eagleforum.org founded in 1972 by Phyllis Schlafly, who is generally regarded as the “Mother of the Conservative Movement” and the Ladies’ Home Journal listed her as one of the 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century.

    I believe you will find the following quote inspiring. In a 2009 address, Schlafly spoke directly to young audience members about what she viewed as her legacy. “What you learn from my life is, first of all, that anybody can be a leader. You can be a leader. I wasn’t born that way — I developed it, I worked at it. And also that the grassroots can organize, and take on all the powers that be and defeat them. That is the lesson.”

    “Remember, those that wait upon the Lord will rise up with wings like eagles and they will run and not be weary. And don’t you ever be weary,” Schlafly told her captive audience, “Because the battle goes on, year after year, and we need all of you young people to join us in the battle.”

    May God continue to richly bless the work of YPL!
    Thom Holmes
    Sparks, OK

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