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How Can Christian Voters Become Educated on Candidates and Issues?

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March 30, 2022 5:00 am

How Can Christian Voters Become Educated on Candidates and Issues?

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March 30, 2022 5:00 am

American Family Association’s Rob Chambers shares a new voter tool to help Christians know about candidates and the issues they support.

 

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Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing the Truth Podcast Network. Jim Graham is the founder and chairman of the Citizens for America Foundation, Dr. Chris Hughes. Well, hello, everybody. You know, we talk every day about how Christians can get engaged in the political process. We talk about what you can do, how you need to develop a biblical worldview and learn what the Bible says on issues, know what you believe and why you believe it. And then unlike a lot of other organizations, we try to encourage you to then engage, take that knowledge, get registered to vote, get engaged in the political process and elect godly men and women your single day.

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It's fairly new. It's called the College of Mid-America. And maybe you have a child or grandchild that's getting ready to go to college as a parent who has two kids in college right now.

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That's mabts.edu. And of course, we want to thank our prime sponsors, the Citizens for America Foundation. Citizens for America Foundation is an educational organization dedicated to teaching Christians what God's Word has to say on issues, particularly what we call social issues in the culture today, and then encourage them to engage in the arena of public policy and politics. And we have a great event coming up on April 30th. If you go to citizensforamericafoundation.com, citizensforamericafoundation.com, there will be a button at the top of the page called the Culture Engagement Summit, CES Summit.

And I hope that you will check it out. Tickets start at only $15, and we have some of the biggest names in the Christian and political world today speaking and including my guest, who you're going to meet in just a minute, is going to be one of our speakers. Mark Meadows, former congressman, and he was the former chief of staff for President Trump, is going to be there. Robert Jeffers, who many consider to be America's pastor, will be there. If you want to learn about what the Bible has to say about abortion and how to defend the pro-life movement, not just, which is very important, not just from a biblical position, but from a scientific position, Scott Klusendorf, who travels the world teaching people how to defend their faith and defend the pro-life movement, will be there. There's going to be about 30 different speakers, and it is going to be just an incredible day where you can go and learn what God's word has to say on a variety of issues, meet a lot of different organizations, we'll have booths there and be there to help you find your way where God can plug you in to get involved in the process. So check that out at citizensforamericafoundation.com, and again, it's on April 30th.

It's called the 2022 Culture Engagement Summit, and I hope you'll be there. Because my guest today is going to be there, and Rob serves as the executive vice president of the American Family Association, and he's vice president of the Policy and Legislative Affairs for the American Family Association. Now, and what I love, and I haven't met Rob, we've talked on the phone numerous times, I love this brother already, but when I was reading about him last night, I saw that he also has been to seminary. You've been to two, right, Rob? Is that right?

Two different seminaries? Yes, sir, that's correct. Yes, sir. And so, I want to ask you about that, but Rob, first I want to say welcome to the show. My guest today is Rob Chambers, executive vice president of the American Family Association. Rob, welcome to Chris's Perspective.

Hey, Chris, thanks so much. It's a privilege to be here. Hey, brother, so I'm not really picking on you. I'm proud of you. When I saw, hey, he's not just a political guy, but he's a preacher, too.

He went to seminary. Tell our listeners a little bit about you. We're going to talk about your new program, the iVoter Guide, later in the show, but I just want them to have a chance to get to know you and love you like I have.

Tell them who you are and what you're doing. Sure. My name is Rob Chambers. As Chris mentioned, I work with the Ministry of the American Family Association and also work with the affiliate organization of AFA called AFA Action.

We can chat more about that later. But yes, as Chris mentioned, I went to a seminary, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, for Masters of Divinity there at New Orleans Baptist Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, there and have a Masters of Theology there and pursuing the Ph.D. in Evangelism. Rob, the reason I want you to tell them about that is a lot of Christians today don't want to get involved in the political process. A lot of pastors avoid issues like homosexuality, transgender, abortion, and all these other issues because they call them political issues.

Rob, I know you probably agree with me. They're not political issues. They're issues of sin. I'm assuming you're on the track to be a pastor. How did you make that transition and enter this political world? I became a Christian. The Lord led me to Himself, placed faith in Him, and later on in life. But not long after, maybe a couple of years after I was born again, I sensed God leading me to become equipped to serve the church. I didn't really know what that looked like.

It wasn't really clear what that call was, but I knew it was to be equipped. I began to seek out theological training for that calling. That led me to Southern Seminary in Louisville. I entered the Billy Graham School of Missions in Evangelism. One reason I wanted to go to that track was that I knew that I wanted to pursue Evangelism, but also that that track afforded me the maximum number of elective hours that I could choose to do to take whatever courses I wanted to.

It really wasn't clear which direction God was leading. It became pretty clear after I took a class in biblical ethics, or Christian ethics, that I realized this is the direction that God is leading me. I took all of those elective hours, I think it was about 18, maybe 21 hours that I was able to take, or free to take, and so I took all those courses in ethics.

That would be New Testament ethics, Old Testament ethics, sexual ethics, all kinds of different things. That's what put me on the path on these issues. It became clear to me that my role was to help equip the church, encourage the church on these ethical issues, even as they intersected the issue of politics.

That's what set me on that trajectory. I'm not pursuing a pastor because I don't think that's where God is leading me, but it is to serve as a role as a minister, or I guess you could say a pastor, to help come alongside the church and encourage them with information like what AFA actually provides, the resources that they provide to churches. Rob, I just want to commend you for that because a lot of people might be listening and they think that seminary is only for people who want to become a pastor.

That's not the case. What you're doing is you're taking a deep dive into God's word. It's a way for you to learn more.

I wanted to really touch on something because you hit something that's close to my heart. You said you wanted to pursue evangelism. I think that's a great need. One of the greatest needs, Rob, in our society today is the church as a whole and many Christians have gotten away from evangelism, which means telling other people about Jesus and what God did to us. Rob, I believe one of the primary responsibilities of every Christian is to tell other people about Jesus.

Because we haven't done that, we have a culture that we have today that's filled with, basically as my friend David Burton says, a Sin 6, Satan 11 society. Part of what you're doing at AFA and what we're doing at Citizens for America is trying to impact the culture for Jesus. I have preachers argue with me, we need to all be about evangelism. That sounds good, but there aren't many churches today that are out doing evangelism like they should. To me, and I know y'all feel like this at American Family Association, the greatest way to impact the culture to Jesus is to lead the culture to Jesus. We've got to tell people about Jesus.

They don't, that's the core value or center of our mission statement is the Great Commission. That is to make disciples, and you can't make disciples if they aren't already born again. It begins with reaching out to people and coming alongside them where they are and befriending them and seeking ways to be intentional about sharing the gospel. We've gotten so far away from the core mission that Jesus left us with in Matthew 28 to go into the whole world and make disciples of all nations and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus taught us.

We've gotten so far away from that, but I think in many ways we've informed people to death. I think we've given people so much information that they're focused so much on information and they become almost seared to anything else beyond information, meaning they think that the pursuit of the Christian faith is knowledge, and that's not it. The pursuit of the Christian faith is a relationship with Jesus Christ and to encourage and invite other people into that personal relationship. And people don't get that, and it really is, it's not about being some deep religious person.

Being a Christian is solely about having a relationship with Jesus Christ and Him being at the core of everything that we do. Rob, you hit the nail on the head, and I know that's what you all are doing at American Family Association. Before we get into specifically the work you're doing now, can you tell the listeners, I tell you what, before we dive into that, let's just go ahead and take a quick break because I don't want you to start it and then have to interrupt you. I want you to come back from the break. A lot of our listeners may not know who American Family Association, who and what they are, and you all just do so much.

I didn't have a clue until I spent a week back in October. You all have an annual retreat for some of the people that support your ministry, and I went and just had the opportunity to learn so much about American Family Association that I didn't know. And our listeners need to know about you, they need to support you financially, they need to be praying for you because you guys are really on the front lines making a difference for Jesus and the culture each and every day.

So when we come back, be thinking about that over the break. Rob, when we come back, I'm going to have you tell us about American Family Association before we get into the voter guide. Folks, we're talking to Rob Chambers from the American Family Association. If you want to know a way to get plugged in and impact the culture for Jesus, you want to hear this show, share it later when it becomes a podcast today with other people.

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For a free transcript, call American Minute at 1-888-USA-WORD. Welcome back to Curriculum Perspective. This is Chris Hughes. My guest today is Rob Chambers. Rob is Vice President of the American Family Association. He just has a heart for impacting the culture for Jesus. He went to work for a great organization. If you've never heard of them, I want Rob to take a minute now to tell us who the American Family Association is. They have such a huge mission. He was sharing with me before the show. I knew they were building a new building. I didn't know it was done, so a lot's going on. Rob, for somebody who's never heard of the American Family Association, tell us who you are.

Yes, absolutely. My name is Rob Chambers. I've been with the American Family Association for nearly 7 years. I've been in this area of ministry for over 12 years. My call and desire and passion is to help other Christians understand biblical issues that are going on in the world today that are prevalent from a biblical perspective. That's what we do at American Family Association. We provide ministry resources, ministry help to Christians. Our goal is not to replace the church in terms of the institutional church. Our goal and mission is to come alongside the church and to equip them with information to help them to be the salt and light in the culture and the community where God has planted them. You all have a variety.

I don't even know them all, so I'm going to have to get you to help me here. I know part of your ministry is American Family Radio. Was it close to 200 Christian radio stations across the country? It is. It's 180.

I don't know. It varies 180, 183 because we're trading and where we think God is leading us to put stations here and there. Yes, it's about 180 radio stations across the country.

What's really interesting about that market is that our founder, Don Wildman, a passionate man of God, still living. He had the vision and saw the opportunity to get into the radio ministry. That's where we are today is with 180 plus radio stations. What's interesting now with the advent of the internet and smart phone apps is that wherever you have an internet signal on your phone, then you can potentially get the AFR app and listen to the radio wherever. You don't have to have a radio tower anymore. You can just listen to it on your phone. For somebody listening to our show, it's 100% Christian programming, I think, right?

It is, yes. Where I live, for example, I have to drive a long ways for a studio for my recording. I live up in the mountains of North Carolina. We don't have a Christian radio station. You can even get on the radio dial where we live, so this is the way you have to get it. Folks, if you're listening, I encourage you to go, whatever your app store is, Apple apps or Google or whatever, it's a free app. I think it's called American Family Radio, right Rob?

That's right. So you can go and download the app on American Family Radio and then you can listen to Christian programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's a great, great ministry and there's a need. God gave us these airwaves and the science to figure out how to, which I don't really understand how radio grows. It's funny because I have a radio show, but I don't really understand all the science behind it.

But God picked smarter people than me to figure that out. And that's a way, we need to surround ourselves with biblical teaching and great preachers and Christian music and American Family Radio provides that. Well Rob, that's just one of the many ministries. What are some of the other things that American Family is doing? I know you all do conferences and other. What all do you all do besides just the radio shows?

Well you mentioned conferences. We just started a conference a couple of years ago, it's called Marriage Family Life. And we saw, we knew that we were hearing from listeners all across the country calling into our radio shows and they were saying, we're just missing the connection with other believers, we want to be connected. And so we, a couple of years ago, someone, Will and Mickey Addison had the vision. They're on the American Family Radio Network airing the Addison's, they're on the network in the afternoons, but you can catch them on the podcast as well. But they had this vision for Marriage Family Life and went to Tim Wildman and leadership and said, hey, this is where we believe God is leading.

And so God is blessing that. It has just really, really grown. It sold out last year, we have it here in Tupelo, Mississippi, which is where our national headquarters is located. And you would think, my goodness, Tupelo, Mississippi. We're nearly two hours from Memphis, nearly two hours from Birmingham.

Who in the world is going to come to Tupelo, Mississippi, other than perhaps to visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley, for example? But people came from all over. We had about 1300 people there in total and 600 of those were children.

People brought their children because it's marriage family life. And it is just really a tremendous ministry that AFA has launched. And I guess you would say a ministry division. And you said that hundreds of kids go. Are there actually sessions and seminars for the children to attend as well? Absolutely. That's one of the main purposes of it is to really not only pour into the parents of families, but also to the children.

They're breakout tracks for the children to learn things on a biblical world view, like creationism, things of that nature, where children can learn more about the fundamentals of the Christian faith. And so it's not only for the parents, but it's for the children. Hence, it's the marriage family life proper.

It encompasses all of life. Wow. That is so needed with the attacks coming on families today. Is that just a once a year thing, or do you all have those several times throughout the year?

It is. It's an annual conference, and it's located in Tupelo, Mississippi, about two miles on either side or in between of Memphis and Birmingham. You can go to marriagefamilylife.net and register for this conference.

It's July 7th through 9th of this year. Again, that's marriagefamilylife.net is where you can learn more about that and register for it. Boy, thank you so much for sharing that. Even though that was the main thing we want to talk about, but that's really what American Family Association is all about, is protecting and defending the family. I know we were a military family, Rob, and I think it was Family Life today.

My mind is going blank on what his name was. But anyway, they used to come on and do seminars like that and conferences on military bases. I don't know if you all have ever done any of that, but it is so needed. I know particularly in the military world, when spouses are going to other countries, the kids' mom and dad, or mom or dad, and sometimes both, are gone and rough on children.

But marriages just take a toll. I'm just coming from the military perspective, but I thank you all for doing that. Please tell Tim Wildman and Don Wildman. We're so grateful for the work that you all are doing to reach and touch families across the nation. While you all do so many things, we talked about radio and marriage and family, but I know a big part of what you're doing now is working with what's called AFA Action, I think is the term. Tell us what the action means and why is that separate from the American Family Association?

Sure. AFA Action is a totally separate organization from AFA. AFA is what we call the 501c3 organization, and AFA Action is a totally separate organization. It's a 501c4, which enables AFA Action to operate a little bit different under the guidance of the IRS, in terms of political engagement and things like that. We have the vision to elect more Christian candidates into office.

Of course, there's no qualification for office in terms of Congress, but that doesn't mean that Christians can't have a qualification on who they want to send to represent them in public office. AFA Action was basically started to address the void or the vacuum of information on political candidates that are running for office. That's really the genesis of AFA Action.

That is so needed. I know you know that, Rob, because you do it every day. Citizens for America, we're like American Family, we're just a 501c3. We can educate, but we cannot get involved in the political process of endorsing candidates. Can you tell us what is the difference between a 501c4 and a political action committee? Can you do the same things?

What's the difference there? A 501c3 can't get involved in campaign intervention or disfavoring a particular candidate for office. A 501c4 can do that, however. There are some limitations on what a 501c4 can do.

They can't spend an overwhelming amount of their resources toward campaign intervention. You have a political action committee and then you have super PACs. A political action committee is separate from a 501c4 entity. A PAC has the ability to endorse candidates. They can do basically 100% campaign intervention. There's no limitation on how much activity can be involved in campaign intervention, whereas there are limitations on a 501c4. Super PACs are different from PACs in that a super PAC can't be engaged directly with a campaign. They will get involved in campaign matters.

I'm not a lawyer, so I'm not going to step into the area of saying this is what you ought to do or shouldn't do. That's basically the difference between a 501c3, a C4, a PAC, and a super PAC. Can you contribute money to candidates or just educate and turn out volunteers and that kind of thing?

No. A C4 can contribute to a political campaign. They don't have to, but they can do that. They can contribute money to a political candidate's campaign. They can endorse a political candidate for office. They could oppose a candidate for office, for example.

But there is a balance of how much money or resources can be allocated toward candidate intervention, for example, for a 501c4. Folks, if you're just tuning in, we're talking to Rob Chambers. He's vice president of the American Family Association. I want to encourage you to learn more about the American Family Association and download their app called American Families Radio. That's American Family Radio. And when we come back, we're going to talk about specifically what their fairly new organization, the AFA Action, is doing to help educate Christians and turn out Christian voters in the 2022 election cycle. So stick around.

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Welcome back to Christian Perspective. My guest today is Rob Chambers, Rob's vice president at American Family Association. They're based out of Tupelo, Mississippi, and Rob shared with me they're just getting ready.

They've been building a brand new office and they're going to be moving into that. And he's shared, if you missed it, some great information on marriage and family conferences that they put on and so many other wonderful things. American Family Association is a ministry and is a Christian. You need to know about them, support them. They can't do what they do without the help of financial supporters and they're on the front lines of the culture war and really need your help. Rob, you were talking about a branch.

Well, I know I shouldn't say branch because it's separate legally called AFA Action, which I guess at some point you all determined you needed to do more and actually engage in the political arena. And I think a man named Richard Ford went to your founder, Don Wildman, with an idea. Tell us a little bit about that concept and where we're headed today. Yes, Richard Ford is a visionary.

He is a solid brother in the Lord. And I've known Richard for I guess probably eight, eight years, maybe nine. But Richard approached Don Wildman, who's the founder of American Family Association, and approached Don and said, hey, I have a vision for an online voter guide. Richard saw the need to get more information out to voters so they could understand the differences between the candidates that were running for office. And Don, being also a visionary, Don saw that and he latched on to it.

And he said, absolutely. And so about 10 years ago, AFA Action was started because to help accommodate an outlet for the voter, it was called our voter guide because the voter guide does get into the area of favoring and disfavoring candidates, or at least it can be interpreted that way. And what I mean by that, interpreted that way, is that the voter guide will evaluate candidates from verified liberal to verified conservative, for example. And does it ask questions on specific issues?

Well, it does. And one thing that's really great about the AFA Action voter guide, which by the way, AFA Action acquired the product services of voter guide just the first of this year. And so that when the AFA Action, excuse me, our voter guide came online with as a division of AFA Action. And so one thing that's unique about this voter guide, it's not like the voter guides of yesteryear that only, you know, you had about 10 issues and then it said this candidate supports or opposes. This particular voter guide addresses a lot of information.

It does ask questions. One component of it is a candidate survey. And not all candidates submit questions to the questionnaire or survey. But those that do submit it that want to let voters know where they stand on the issues, then they complete the survey. And that survey is made public as part of the voter guide. And so that survey asks questions like views on abortion, views on religious liberty, views on national security, views on border security, fiscal responsibility and things like that. So it's just not your issues like First Amendment, Second Amendment rights. It's all encompassing, also addresses things like educational issues like we're hearing a lot about critical race theory and LGBT agenda within public schools. So it also approaches that subject as well.

Yeah. Rob, I know you're probably familiar. There are other organizations that do voter guides. I mean, on both sides of the aisle, both Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal in our spectrum, in the faith voter spectrum. And I know there are probably others, particularly on a state level, but the Family Research Council. I know you're familiar with Tony Perkins and Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition also do voter guides. Theirs is different in that it's usually a printed document.

If you go to church and familiar with a bulletin, it's basically what we call a bulletin insert that has very limited, like you said, just because of space. You know, they're limited on what they can ask and have a comparison chart. Yours is different from that, isn't it? You're not a printed document. This is all electronic, right?

Yes, everything is. It's a digital resource. The only place that you can really get the information is online. You can go to our voter guide dot com. Again, that's our voter guide dot com. And there you can you can enter your all the data is really matched to your elected official and or potential candidate for office.

And so you enter in your address. And by the way, we don't share your information outside of AFA, but that address is entered primarily to make sure you are synced up with the right congressional candidate or state legislative candidate, for example. And so they can go there and they can get as little information or as much information as they want on a particular candidate.

So they could see how they answered the survey. They could go in there and find out where they get their money from. They can find out who's funding their their political campaign for office. You can see they're getting money from George Soros or other liberals like that.

You can see that they're they're endorsed by ACLU or or pro pro pro abortion industries or entities or even pro life entities like SBA lists. Susan B. Anthony lists, for example. And so that's what makes this voter guide much more, I would say, valuable because if we're living in a world of information where people wonder, where do I go for information on voters or excuse me, on candidates for office?

And really, I believe this is the one stop shop for voter guide resources. And and and one thing that's unique about the AFA Action I Voter Guide is that it approaches a broad spectrum or I would even say a full spectrum of issues. It's not just about life. It's not just about religious liberty. Liberty is not just about Second Amendment. It's not just about fiscal issues. It's about all of these things together.

And you can go to our voter guide dot com and find out that about each particular candidate. Boy, this is what a great tool. Actually, a couple of years ago, I didn't know y'all did this. And I was trying to come up with a way to do something similar. And it just was so expensive.

You know, I wasn't able to do it on my own to come up with this. Rob, you mentioned the Web site I voter guide dot com. But is it an app also? I know you said American Family Radio has an app. Is there an app that can be downloaded on the phone or do they have to actually just go to the Web site? At this point, they just have to go to the Web site at this point in time. I voter guide dot com.

And and you just do that on your smartphone and get to that information pretty pretty readily. OK, well, I know y'all put a lot of prayer and thought into this when you were putting it together. How do you think this tool is going to equip Christians? And do you think it'll impact elections? Well, it already has in our in our opinion is that in 2020, the voter guide reached over three and a half million voters. And that's pretty, pretty staggering amount of people that we've reached just through through the voter guide. And we're we're projecting in 2022 during this midterm election that will reach, you know, probably as many as five million voters this time. And in 2024, of course, we hope to hit seven million.

I believe those are very conservative estimates. We did learn in the Texas primary, which was the first primary to be held in the midterm election. It was I think there was just right at two hundred and fifty nine thousand voters in Texas that during the during that primary that used the voter guide. And so that's just in one primary election in one state.

And so if you multiply that across the country, you could see what type of impact just in the primary election the voter guide is going to have. So it's it's just it's really easy to use. All they have to do is just go to our voter guide, voter guide dot com. And it's it's fairly self-explanatory from when you get to the Web site. This is such a godsend and such a needed tool. I know you probably have this, too, where I when people know those of us that are involved in the political world, every election cycle, I have numerous people call me up, say, you know, tell me who I should vote for.

Which is sad because, you know, they're not engaged. But you probably see that, too. Well, now we can say, well, go to our voter guide dot com and it tells you everything you need to do. So I've got a question about the mechanics of the program for someone who used it before.

Like the last election cycle. Now that AFA Action has acquired our voter guide, are there changes? Does it look and feel the same?

Have you made improvements? What's different about it now that you guys own the program? Well, the it looks and feels the same there. There's no difference in the way the information is presented.

And the only difference is, is that we've enhanced the product. We were our voting guide was already in while AFA Action was a partner, our voter guide was already covering the federal races in all 50 states. That would mean your U.S. senator or U.S. House of Representatives or those races for those two offices. And so it was already covering those 50 states. Then then at that time, also, they were covering a little over 20, I think, races at the state level, meaning they would also cover not only federal races in all 50 states, but in about a little over 20 states, they covered statewide and state legislative races, meaning they would go from your federal races, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, your governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, you know, on down the line. And then they would also cover the statewide or excuse me, the state legislative races for your state House of Representatives and your state Senate. And in some cases, they would cover school board elections as well. So it's we're trying to go down as far down the ballot as we possibly can. But there's just about there's nearly 14000 school board districts across the country. So, you know, it's it's it's a it's a money issue that, you know, the more financial resources we have, the deeper down the ballot we can go. What a great tool. Folks, we're talking about the high voter guide.

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Welcome back to The Christian Perspective. My guest today is Rob Chambers. Rob is with the American Family Association. They also own and run American Family Radio. They have marriage and family conferences.

I'm telling you, this is really the one place to go. It's like the Walmart of Christian services and activities and things for the family. You really need to check out the American Family Association, and I encourage you to download their app on American Family Radio. They own about 180 Christian radio stations across the country, and all you need is the Internet. You don't have to be where one of their stations is actually located in order to listen to their shows. Great, great Christian programming, both preaching and singing, and people that address issues each and every day.

So I would encourage you to download the American Family Radio app and do it today. My guest, Rob Chambers, is the Vice President of the American Family Association, and we're talking about a branch of the American Family Association called AFA Action. They're involved in the political process. They're giving Christians the tools to become educated voters and to hopefully impact the culture for Jesus by electing godly men and women to public office. They have what I think is the best tool on the market, not just for Christians, for anyone. I love it, Rob, when Christians are on the cutting edge of technology and using something. I know Satan loves to use technology, but you guys have used it for God's good in this tremendous program called iVoterGuide. Listeners, you can find out about iVoterGuide at iVoterGuide.com.

So, Rob, I want to back up a little bit and ask some questions about the programming. I know that you question candidates, so they're sent a survey, and I guess you fill out information based on what they put in the survey. Do you rank candidates based on a Christian, you know, are they a good vote for Christians, or are you strictly just listing a side-by-side comparison of what one candidate believes on an issue versus their opponent? No, we evaluate all candidates. Well, one point to make is that the voter guide is going to evaluate races where there are multiple Republican candidates, or there is a Republican running against a Democrat, for example. So if there is a, say, for example, in a general election, there could be a congressional district where there's only a Democrat running, so we would not, for example, cover that particular election. So we're focused on primarily races where Republican candidates, multiple candidates are running for office and are running against a Democratic candidate.

So what was your other question that you were asking? So you're not ranking them, you just compare them on the issues? No, we don't. Our voter guide does not endorse candidates. That's actually a division of AFA Action, and as a rule, AFA Action does not normally endorse candidates for office for either, although we could. But what iVoterGuide, what the product services of iVoterGuide or the division of AFA Action, meaning iVoterGuide, what they do is they compile, I would say, massive amounts of information. They find out, they do research with the Federal Election Commission. They find out where the money is coming from, who they give their money to, and where they get their money from. They also look at endorsements, who endorses them or who they've endorsed in the past. They also look at their voting record if they have a voting record. And so they also look at any affiliations that they may have. They look at public comments.

Anything that's in the public domain is what the iVoterGuide, what we call panelists, look at. We have researchers. We have probably a significant number of researchers that go out there and compile all that data. And then we have a large network of what you call panelists all across the country. And so what these panelists do is they review all of that information, and then they come up with an assessment of how they think that particular candidate would govern if they were elected. And so, for example, they would rate them from verified liberal to verified conservative.

And then there's various demarkers in between, including moderate, which would be in the middle. Well, the reason I was asking that, I was kind of setting up for pastors that are listening and you said exactly what I knew was the case. So a lot of pastors listening, Rob, I want to encourage pastors to push their congregations to use iVoterGuide. And I know you say, what, Chris? I'm a 501c3. We're not supposed to endorse candidates. And did you hear what Rob said? Rob said we don't endorse candidates.

What they're doing is providing information for you. And voter education is 100 percent legal. It does not violate a church's 501c3 status.

There's never been a case, in fact, of ever of a 501c3 status being taken from a church for such instances in the United States. So if you're a pastor, look, guys, it is time for us to engage in the culture, to get back in the public square. And American Family Association has provided an avenue for us to do that just by going to iVoterGuide.com. So pastors, you know, there are primaries coming up in states all across the country and there are general elections.

And Rob clearly stated that they are also providing information for candidates in primaries. So pastors, put in your bulletin. Put in your e-mails going out. You need to encourage your church. Did you know, pastors, you can have voter registration drives in your church? Yeah, you can. And you can educate voters.

And the best way to do it is to use iVoterGuide.com. So, Rob, you were talking about how many states and the impact your program had during the 2020 election. Now that you've brought this all in-house under the umbrella of AFA action, how many states do you think will use the program in the 2022 election cycle? All states will use it. It will be available to all states throughout the country, especially for federal elections, which we're in a midterm election. So every state will be using this. It will be made available to them. And as I mentioned earlier in the program, nearly 260,000 Texans used it in their primary.

So it's going to be widely used throughout the election. One thing to clarify, a church can certainly point to the iVoterGuide. One thing they can't do is take the information that iVoterGuide publishes and put it on their own website. But there's nothing wrong with a C3 pointing to iVoterGuide, for example. But they could put your link on there, though, where people can reach iVoterGuide.com, right?

Absolutely. As little as one in five registered voters vote in a party primary or a political party primary. That's where it's determined what candidate runs in the general election in November. A lot of times people think, oh, well, I'm just going to wait and vote in the general election. And a lot of times they don't do that because they don't know who to vote for in the primary.

And hence the need for the iVoterGuide. And that's why I think the biggest impact that Christian voters can make is by getting informed and showing up to vote in these primaries. Because statistically, only 50 percent of Christians are registered to vote and only one in four of them actually show up on Election Day.

Only 25 percent, we're understanding from statistics surveys, is that only 25 percent of Christians are actually showing up to vote on Election Day. But that number is far lower in the political primary. So if the candidate that if you're not satisfied with a candidate that's running in the general election and you didn't vote in the primary, then, you know that, you know, you need to consider how you're going to vote in the in the future. I would say to those and really find out when your primary dates are and show up to vote.

Rob, that is such sound advice, you know, because we squander we complain about what's going on and we squander our right to vote. And and literally so many elections are much closer than people realize. And like you said, the primary, that's something the left has actually realized that the group that's called the Squad in Congress.

And I know you know this, particularly the member from New York who is branded herself as AOC. She went against one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation. I mean, he was in the top leadership with Nancy Pelosi.

Nobody thought he would ever be defeated. A Republican sure wouldn't beat him. But this group of liberals in the country has made a decision that they are going to target, you know, Democrats who are not liberal enough. And the way to beat them is in the primary, because just like you said, very few people turn out to vote. So if you can, you know, if you're a challenger and you can get your people to turn out to vote in a primary, you can win.

And she beat a king basically, you know, that everybody thought was unbeatable. And I think that's what Christians have to do. I mean, even I'm a Republican, even in the Republican Party, there are a lot of men and women elected to office who don't represent my values. And if Christians would get engaged and vote when less than 25 percent, as you're saying, voted in the general election, you are the primary. Imagine the impact we could have and how we could change this culture for Jesus if we just get involved.

You're so right. I mean, it is just really if only we've looked at the statistics. If only there if there was only one to two percent increase in primary turnout, we could change this nation.

We could change this nation to elect candidates to office that affirm biblical values. It could happen. But but just I don't know, I guess people are asleep at the switch. They don't see the importance of the primary election.

And but, you know, wow, it's a huge opportunity that's untapped. And it's the primary is where candidates, excuse me, voters, I really encourage them to show up and vote. Make sure you're registered to vote. Even a lot of people don't realize they may have registered to vote. They live in town and they may have moved across the street. They could have moved into a different neighborhood in the same town, but they could have crossed into a different precinct, for example. And therefore you show up to vote and they say, well, your name's not on the roll.

And in that voter learns that they should have updated their their voter registration information so they to ensure that they could vote in the primary or and or general election. Such good information. Well, we run out of time, Rob. Thank you so much for what you and American Family Association are doing. We're grateful. And thank you for being on the show today. Thank you, Chris.

Appreciate you. Folks, there's no more excuse. You can say you don't know about issues. You don't know about candidates. You need to go to iVoterGuide.com today and particularly before you go to the polls. Get registered. You get educated by going to iVoterGuide.com and working together, we can go out and impact the culture for Jesus. Thank you for listening. The Christian Perspective with Chris Hughes. Learn more about impacting the culture for Jesus. Visit CitizensForAmericaFoundation.com.
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