DeSantis recently signed a bill into law that bans school staff from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with children in kindergarten throuh grade 3, as well as discussing these topics “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.” Disney has come out against the law, and on April 7 Feucht brought Hold the Line to Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California. “2022 is the year of the parents,” said Feucht to his Colorado Springs audience, who responded with cheers.
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In the 80s and 90s, Colorado Springs was known for “holding the line,” said Feucht, naming Focus on the Family in particular, but he wondered if there were a remnant left who would continue to do so. He encouraged attendees to take action and join the spiritual fight without worrying about what others think. “Too many Christians are wasting their time explaining to the world why they’re doing the mandate of God,” he said. “It’s not your job to look good to the world.”
Lauren Boebert, who represents Colorado’s Third Congressional District, was the next to take the stage, saying, “I can’t stand politics, but I love Jesus.” Boebert is controversial as well. In the fall of 2021, she made headlines for saying Rep. Ilhan Omar was a member of the “jihad squad.” Boebert also has a history of minor arrests and court no-shows, and her husband, Jayson, was arrested in 2004 for indecent exposure. She has also allegedly used campaign funds to pay overdue rent and utilities, funds she says she has reimbursed.
In a speech peppered with references to Scripture, Boebert told her audience that the hope believers have comes from our identity in Christ, not from politics. She said that when she was called to run for office, like Moses, she argued with God. But her being called as “nobody” was a “sign and a wonder to unbelievers,” and she defeated an incumbent.
Like Mordecai’s admonition to Esther, we are called for “such a time as this,” said Boebert. And like our founding fathers who wrote the Declaration of Independence while living under tyranny and oppression, we should also stand firm for what we believe. Boebert gave examples of how she herself has stood firm, such as by keeping the restaurant she owns in Rifle, Colorado, open in defiance of COVID regulations.“The problem wasn’t with COVID,” she said. “The problem was with the church complying because we had too many believers saying, ‘It’s the law, there’s nothing we can do.’”
Satan wants the church to be silent right now, but Christians must take a stand. “God is still a Way Maker,” said Boebert. “It ain’t over yet, we will take back our country.”
After Boebert’s speech, Feucht asked the audience to pray over her and Doug Lamborn, who represents Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District. Said Feucht, “These guys are missionaries in a very dark place, and we need to change our thinking and start viewing them as missionaries.” Pastor Steve Holt also asked the audience to pray for any attendees who were in political office or running for political office. Feucht and Holt then led those present in prayer. Holt closed his prayer, saying “May this state be turned red. With the blood of Jesus. And politically.”
Lamborn spoke next, essentially giving a laundry list of actions he would take should the Republicans win back the majority. These include investigating the “narrative” that Donald Trump was a Russian agent, the teaching of critical race theory in schools, the 2020 election, where COVID really came from and if the shutdowns were necessary, and social media.
“I think the suppression of information by the social media platforms flipped the election because people weren’t getting the truth,” said Lamborn, who added, “I didn’t really used to like Elon Musk, but I do now.” Lamborn said he thought Twitter would be a better place if Trump were no longer banned from the platform.
Eric Metaxas: Christians Must Be Political
Eric Metaxas’ speech, which came near the end of the day, largely focused on the need as he sees it for Christians to be involved in politics. He listed by name several Christians and entities with whom he disagrees, starting with Andy Stanley, who recently published a book titled, “Not in It to Win It: Why Choosing Sides Sidelines the Church.” Stanley’s book, said Metaxas, makes the case that we ought not to be political. While the book makes some good points, it is “sophistry” (i.e., intended to deceive) and “intellectually fraudulent.” Notably, Stanley does not actually believe that Christians should be uninvolved in the political process, something he mentioned when discussing his book with the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast.