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June 14, 2021 12:18 pm

Chad Connelly, the Republican National Committee’s first-ever National Director of Faith Engagement, joins Chris to talk about being salt and light in the culture, taking back academia for the church, and his organization, Faith Wins, that is working to maximize Christian impact in the governmental and political arena.

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It's one of America's most important, influential, respected voices on cultural and political issues and apologist Christian political and offer is the founder and chairman of the America foundation, Dr. Chris, welcome to the Christian perspective, what we look in God's word in order to develop a Christian worldview and modern culture on Chris use and I'm honored to have a very dear friend. On our show today. He's the former chairman of the South Carolina Republican party. He did such a great job in South Carolina that the national Republican committee revoke a national committee tapped Chad to serve as the first ever national director of faith engagement. I gotta tell you ever start off that Chad is a huge and I mean huge Clemson Tiger fan and he had a husband and a father to a beautiful family. He and his wife Dana have four children, with all that he has known all his life.

I can tell you that his greatest love is for Jesus Christ as the founder and president of an outstanding ministry called faith wins is truly impacting the culture for Jesus Christ and I'm so excited to have Chad Coley as our guest today welcome Chad group.

I am honored to be on your show your first show love what you're doing and proud to partner with you anyway brother. While it is exciting for you for me to have you here because the work that you do a faith wins is really at the heart that I have to for our nation of impacting our culture for Jesus. So Chad your the prison of faith wins. Can you tell us a little bit about what faith wins is what and what you're doing with faith wins and how you got there in the first place will I am happy to know about it again, just like your help me on Chris when an organization started four years ago.

That's really an extension of what I've been doing for the better part of 20 years amount career speaking and writing in in politics, but it is dedicated to maximizing the Christian voice in the public arena at the city, the state and the federal level on list face of the biblical worldview is not out there like we like and it's really our fault. Chris we let people who hate our Lord hate American traditional values who hate the idea really.

The idea of freedom.

We let them to find what we do or don't do in the public arena. It's amazing to me how many people who profess Christ as Lord ignore things like the admonition from Jesus to be salt like how can we influence the culture. How can we be salt and light if we think were not supposed to be involved in every arena that's out there and soak you cannot go to my background little bit yeah yeah will contact please do so little town of South Tonawanda, Clemson. Like you said, huge Clemson fan met the girl of my dreams, things got very Lord worked on me Commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. I was a tank platoon officer love my M1 A1 taken turning things that were functioning just seconds before the smoking piles of awesome but I think the Lord used in that in my life.

Chris was to really appreciate America in his sovereignty.

I'm not sure why he let me be born here, but I'm traveling up internationally to know that it is a true blessing and I guess I felt more about a conviction. When I came out of the Army.

That boy gotta be appreciative of America and you want to be making sure that the freedoms that we enjoy. We protect you know is my pastor says number one goal is get to heaven over two goals to take whereby you can with you 3 if you're in America we ought to keep those freedoms legal and so that's kind of been mopped montage of my life is what keep it legal. So I think I got convicted in the early 90s reading biblical worldview books that I had compartmentalized my faith. I thought, well, you shouldn't be about your faith in politics. US just doesn't belong there and that's what the media tells us that's what the left said who keep your religion out of the political arena, not of education. That's not true Chris.

We can't be neutral on these things and let's face it, we as Christians have given up the arts entertainment Hollywood and academia to people who hate our values and work were given a ticket cannot because work. Lose the battle because were not even in the arena with and so I wrote a book on American Christian history and for your cause. In the early 2001st shot at that. It really, really well.

I ran for small political office and lost. But God use that to show me I should be involved. My boys came along and 97 and 2000 and they grew up waving signs and knocking doors for Christian candidates and then my wife are tragically passed away in 2006 left me a single daddy with two little boys that their mom committed suicide, and Michelle had a deep depression. Her mama died in one of those real tragedies in life you don't wish on anyone they know. We can spend more time around on a whole different show. If you want to one day, but God brought me Dana met my current wife with a married should be 14 years. She was a victim of suicide.

Her husband took his own life and she was a single mom with two little girls, so in God's only God's miraculous way. Dana and I met were married, and that's been 14 years ago, so our kids are now 2421 2019 and not only are we blessed and highly favored but we got to watch God work in our lives.

You know we we walk by faith not by sight. We got to watch God work. It is quite an honor and after that I got back involved in politics.

I was out there speak in my book.

No Christians get off your tales get involved in fluency arena stop escaping the arena, but get involved and tell them what a biblical worldview looks like, and in 2011 ran for state party chairman like you mentioned and I got to be somebody that was in the spotlight, I did every political show on television. You know well that soft honest stuff first in the South primary state so in 2012 you get this big bright spotlight it playing Iowa caucuses. The New Hampshire first in the nation primary and then it comes to South Carolina and on one of those shows Chris and many other shows.

I was extremely critical of the party ignoring the Facebook and accounting.

Like previous that most your listeners will know now is the first chief of staff are present crop foamy on the show and he texted me and he said Chad I'm a believer to I like to talk.

You're right and after the election. I just was so discouraged that Pres. Obama, who had so openly attacked the faithful. He had openly attacked religious liberty. He appointed judges that work truly just hostile.

The things that you and I think her critical and fundamental to America and I said nothing little Al Sharpton show on MSNBC that Barack Obama will be the worst train wreck of a disaster hit religious freedom in American history, no profit out right and so after that I meet with Bryant's previous and he offers to make me the first-ever national director faith engagement for either party campaigns do faith outreach sporadically the right for me to do it full-time. I actually first turning down and I began in July 2013 misconduct from you and I met Kristin from 2013 to 2017 a travel to 43 states and spent 85,000 pastors really focused not on the political side but on the spiritual side with a political impact as a result, travel all over the place. Building relationships and telling pastors.

Here's how you can get involved.

Run a nonpartisan voter registration effort handout voter guides to educate your people. Teacher folks about issues of the data and how they relate to the bottle. I left the RCL think of me only senior staffer for Cletus. That didn't work in the trunk White House and assorted fake lands, and start among 501(c)(3) to do the very same thing I was doing with the RNC and really had done previously but I made it my own organization. See this past year. Our little group.

You helped. You were instrumental in North Carolina course I traveled up 15 states between July and December and did 89 in person meetings and spoke to 2965 pastors just encouraging them maximize the Christian vote not because there's election, but because every time there's election.

Christian voices need to be heard and felt Chad you're so right in and Christians of God to engage in the public arena before get into that. So I did not realize that you are a tank commander.

I think that was God's way of preparing you a you were shelling the enemy then and now God is using you to show the enemy again.

Ellie Satan this time and your loving God's word out of him. I'm so thankful you did, but Chad you mention when you're the military that you just grew to love our country in today. You know if if you love your country. It's almost like you're committing some kind of sin and is not just in the culture. I mean this battle.

At least I'm saying this so I know you gotta see when I do speak in churches. Even a lot of pastors are people that I respect is people that I thought were strong Christians. They don't want you to talk about America all about loving our country and folks, this is the greatest free nation in the history of the world is the long running free government in the history of the world and is much as you want to criticize this country, there wouldn't be a free world today without the United States. There would not of been a World War II that was one defeating the enemy and the probably would not be a state of Israel today if it wasn't for the United States of America. There would be people that are hungry across the world that are being fed. Now we have our faults and a lot of problems but I will never be ashamed to be an American.

Chad, what do you think this is and what can we do to make Christians realize we don't have to be ashamed to love a country that was founded on biblical principles. You know we shouldn't be and really this is rooted, I think Chris in the academic system K-12 in colleges probably began University where there were just true Marxist communist hated the idea of freedom but yet their enjoyment.

Here you funny the people who hate our country just won't leave if they don't believe what they want you they were destroyed under monitor is rooted in education. I think this is up of the benefit plan. On the left front from Satan himself to undermine the idea of freedom. I was with our mutual buddy Bob McCue and he quoted a number I'm going to get the source on this $0.85 of every missionary dollar spent in the world comes from this little nation America. That's what or 5% of the world population.

It's not hard to see why we're target. But when you see people out there thinking University system of the. The teachers unions, the leftist push for all things that are anti-American and anti-biblical you get an idea of why this is happening. They just live the people which one I wrote about my book freedom. Todd is we have been allowed to our true history has been suppressed been glossed over that the left can't really can't compete in the arena. Chris they're not able to have a discussion.

I know you probably don't like me and the baby. A lot of people who own the left and just not just not liberals but Democrats leftist who really hate our nation and as soon as you begin to have a discussion of ideas because we all have a civil discourse and discussion about what really works and what doesn't work. They began screaming know they start calling you names of every-ism in the world comes out this year that instead of debating the issue no reason on the concert a lot of my kids all his conservative principles. Biblical principles work in the real world leftist principal liberal principles do not work and I think that's what the difference is that they been called black yeah yeah we really forfeited the world of academia. I have yeah I know your son CJ just graduated from college and I have two kids in college right now and it is just shocked me the garbage that you were paying a huge amount of money for them to get an education, but the liberal indoctrination. It's more important to many of the professors and in big schools today to indoctrinate children, then to teach them the subjects that they're supposed to be learning and in the Christian.

The church has forfeited the world of academia and and I've just been praying that God would bring about a passion in young people's hearts were going to school now that will want to be yellowy schoolteachers or in especially college and university professors and and is this not gonna happen overnight.

We need to have a long-term Io 5200 year plan where we take on the responsibility of telling our kids, it's a good thing to be a teacher or to be a full professor. We encourage them to go in that field and then make sure that they get a strong biblical and God centered education and enter the world of academia so we can start saving the future generations of America because the things these kids are being taught today just unreal. It really is and what we know biblically scripturally we fight, not against flesh and blood. It comes out as this evil that really want to dislodge things like the nuclear family be intact family, against our God-fearing traditional values commonsense morality opposite about Isaiah 521 no one of them a call evil good and good evil Quickstart light life her dark and sweet for big bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

That's what happened in my mother son Bennett at Clemson in his American literature class course so the lady was no homosexual, and she called them the gender unicorn this American lit. Now I didn't do well in American literature, but on the claimant down the line.

Note a lot of great authors.

It was brutal. A great break stuff and she's having them try to pick their gender out of the gender unicorn Inc. what they're like that since it's not course I've written Clemson we got the parents group that pushes back I think we have to do my kids took more engineering and sciences, so most of them have only had one or two classes where there was somebody that just push this nonsense, but I have a lot of friends you have the course all these sort of abstract studies curriculum the kids graduate with an they get out they find is not marketable. The Bibles, the Harlem it's because you're exactly right. The professors that a lot of her tenured have to compete in the real world. Their teaching gobbledygook to kids and some of these kids are just swallow it from a Sunday school class Sunday. Chris use parents and grandparents have to work harder to teach your kids biblical worldview, especially if you discover they got teachers at whatever level pushing on them nonsense that really lies if you're not there to confirm it.

If you're not there to teach him the truth they're going to get confused by looking to be drawn down and also pass which had yet you're so right about that and and is not just you. You mentioned unicorn a curriculum that's not just in colleges, it's an elementary school. People would be shocked.

Parents do not engage in will preach for here for a minute but the parents are not engaging what's going on their children's education. You might not be able to control what's going on a college campus or university campus, but you can pick where they go. When a local level you can get involved in your school system but my kids and I went high school in North Carolina. Most parents never even look at the books or what the kids are studying, but they're required to take is like a health sciences courses required of the state of North Carolina for every high school student to take that at some point and there's about a two week.

Chad during that curriculum where they go teach in death, sex stuff, and in my my wanting to graphically show homosexuality and in LME.

There were just talk about to get into death into the sexual acts of it and by state law. Parents are allowed to opt their children out during that two week time. So here when when my kids were in school during the four years that the two of them are yes five total between the two of them when they were in high school I was the only parent in our county who opted out in and would not let their kids take that curriculum you know it's my job is apparently if I want my kids to learn about sex from a biblical worldview. It's my job to teach them that I don't want somebody teaches anything, you accept the All-America been married Vicki.

I just celebrated 35 years of marriage known. I've never done a lot of things they were teaching in that class I mean is just ridiculous and I don't know this necessarily because other parents don't agree with me on my position. They're just not involved enough to know and that's why we're involved, you know, so parents want to know. So Christians out there you want to know how you can stop this nonsense you like. Chad was talking about the book. His kids had read in others there are great literary works out there, but some of these teachers today considered an indoctrination program and they choose this crazy radical stuff that you would never I way my daughter was made to read us three books I know of in high school. All three of them focused on pastors committing adultery.

What kind of message that sending to a child you know that hey while what I want to go to church all they want to do is have sex or do things they shouldn't do. Anyway but there's a way where Christians can get involved to stop that nonsense. And it's on a local level people to me the other. A lot of important positions out there, but I think one of the most important elected positions is the local County school Board of Board of Education and engine will lead you into this for minute but I'm kinda teed up for you. The people I'm telling you, if you want your kids to not be indoctrinated run for the school board get involved in candidates who are running for the school board attend school board meetings could not your kids spend more time at school than they ever spend with you and I wonder how many of our listeners have ever even attended a local school board meeting. In fact, nobody hardly ever goes. That's why if you bother to show up there scared to death because they want to know what's going on. They got a get reelected.

Most people don't even vote you that they want to vote for president because that's a flashy position, but the ballot drop-off goes way down.

Before we get to to school board. I'm sorry Chad I monopolize your time, but this is such a passion with me and I know it is with you to. If Christians don't get involved.

We could turn this country around so Chad why is it important for Christians to register and why is important for them to vote will loot you.

You are not like my time you're singing my song and utility exactly the truth and I believe the key is pastors. Pastors tell people how they all would be discerning. These crazy times and people would be motivated.

That is why my organization focus on pastors, not against activism, not against having big crowds, but as you know the meetings I've gone to a lot of ministries focus on the activist and faith wins we been focused on the pastors. I want to get to the influencers. The associate pastors and youth pastors.

I will tell the truth about America know in this is a typical thing about the school board stuff that you're mentioning Eldon California about a year and 1/2 ago before the whole Wuhan thing get in. I was speaking that up at our capital connections ideal out in Sacramento. There were about 80 pastors there. Chris and the pastors probably a buddy or to Mike Rogers and hosted in another pastor that the buddy of mine had me out there. This lady conservative Christian state Sen. one of the few who are on the Republican side.

She brought in this colorful page that was passed to the school board level, and it made to the general assembly and here's what she said to those pastors. Thank you for coming this year to the statehouse you were here last year when this piece of paper, got passed in the state law. She said now I appreciate your pastor being too modest and handed out but it is in and look Ali salt in the distance.

At that point it was. It was colorful and appealing. It made you want to look at it like and she said I'm glad you don't look passes out and be embarrassed by this but this is being taught your fifth-graders by state law. Chris and I don't want to get too descriptive. It's the vegetables that are appropriate or confused sex about that that that is what the pages and install the fifth-graders in California know we all know you know we think of them is oh my gosh, they're so confusing California. There are so many godly people there but to your point there. Let net nonsense rubbish get passed in the law because they're not present or doing fake lances were talking to pastors about your congregations yes do a nonpartisan voter registration yes handout voter guides but hate pastor what you mentioned them. Do any of you feel called to get involved in the local PTA local school board. The County Counsel, those folks have a lot of power and by and large they are leftist, who a don't understand American history don't know God. Let's have fellowship with Jesus and seek are as ardent in their beliefs as you would not get taken down America. They think that Jesus is noninclusive, cycle class is the most inclusive glop. Don will history were all completely equal at the foot of the cross. Every one of us is completely helpless and unable to access eternal life except through Jesus Christ that is complete 1 million%.

The quality were equal and him and so they called out up exclusively no narrowminded.

Whatever focus that is total inclusivity every body all all races, all nations, all times all people were completely unable to get there without him. And so the people who are against America truly hate our Lord and they hate our nation because this is the land of freedom.

This is the place that everybody looks to for all the complaints and wanting Chris all along. A lot of people won't get in and you elect people who don't have appreciation for the Lord, the nation's history and their app to put in place laws that run completely contrary to what we know has been successful and made us much of the longest standing constitutional republic to make this believable, which had were about to run a tab real quick. Can you just tell us you can churches legally have a voter registration drive and a lot of Christians think there is no need to vote but is it important to vote in one row quickly, absolutely, and at all my website.

Faith wins.US Chris. I actually do videos covering people's objection to short your pastor, you show the deacons teach them exactly how to do voter registration drive. We have videos with pastors are telling how they did it. I have a a legal document that Matt Stabler from Liberty Council and other Christian attorneys put together. It's called what churches can and cannot do in politics. See, I don't believe that our issues the biblical issues of life. Marriage is real religious liberty company. The political all their spiritual issues yes they been politicized, but that doesn't remove our responsibility to teach our people how to think on those issues, and so it is imperative that every church when some pastor tell you we can do but refreshes political please tell me how that's political. Please tell me how you're going to be salt and light. If you're not making sure your people are voting biblical out values pastor, please tell me in this land of Wallkill on this time of they want to be all things to all people. Everything they're doing is political and some of them will do voter registration because they're scared to be a political it's hypocrisy at the highest level and I would tell people who listen your jokes. If your ship is sitting right now in a church underneath and learning from a pastor who is moved in. This woke is him who is standing on those things that are anti-biblical. You need to seriously pray about moving churches and being in a biblically-based Bible preaching God-fearing church. The church teaches the word of God, not some newfound nonsense that you step the New Age movement to undermine the Lord for that, so far is imperative. They do those that's great advice to you in the show in Chatham will not have to have you back again, thank you so much for being here today. I sure appreciate it and you know I'll be on her brother.

I love you and God bless you man. Thank you folks, if you want to learn more about what you can do to get engaged go to Faith wins .us and also go to Amazon to get Chad's great book freedom tied now you can make a difference.

I want to thank you for joining me today. I'm Chris Hughes and this is the Christian perspective, thank you for listening.

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