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SD State Coordinator Betsy Moeller

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Time is steadily moving towards the mid-term elections in November - an opportunity that both parties have their eyes fixed on as it could dramatically alter the balance of power in Congress and significantly affect the next two years of legislation.
We are often told that statistically only 50% of believers are registered to vote and that only half of those registered actually follow through with a vote on election day. If we as the body of Christ have not taken hold of even the most basic opportunity to influence the governing of our nation, it is safe to assume we don’t fully understand many aspects of the political process as a whole. This is not entirely our fault; there is no question that the American political system has become overly complex.
As reformers, however, we do want to be good stewards of our nation and understand as much as we can. Below is a practical look at the significant role money plays in the election process. Some might consider moving beyond prayer to practically support a candidate, special interest group, agenda, etc. It is important to be knowledgeable of how the system works and how to be most effective. One of our state leaders, Craig Bensen, has put together a concise, easy to understand overview to help us understand some of the terms and issues we will be hearing over the next few months.

In addition, we encourage you to get informed on the races in your state as well as the top issues to be aware of. Please click here to read an article that includes your state's voter's guide that includes all this information!

For the nation,

Mike and Cindy Jacobs


Money in Politics
by Craig Bensen
In a campaign year we expect to hear some discussion of the campaign fundraising process. Some of this discussion is related to the average American 's astonishment as to the amount of money that is involved in the process - nearly $5 billion in the Federal elections of 2012; however, the bulk of the discussion relates to issues of fairness, transparency and abuse of the process.
First, let's limit ourselves to the financing of Federal campaigns and the role of money in this arena. The 50 states have their own labyrinths of campaign finance laws. If one has a grasp of the game at the Federal level, the mechanics of most state laws will be understandable.
Second, money is essential to modern American politics. In the movies, Mr. Smith can go to Washington riding a populist dream and remain beholden to no one but "the people". In reality, no candidate advances in a contest for a Federal seat without learning to do math involving millions of dollars or without understanding the calculus of values attached to those dollars.
Third, occasional efforts to "clean up" campaign fundraising by rewriting the rules will continue to be fronts for one party attempting to disadvantage the other party. Of course, Ralph Nader is above all this -- he's willing to disadvantage both major parties.
Defining Terms
Hard Money - 'federal money" or campaign expenditures falling under the purview of the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Federal law regulates how much individuals and organizations may contribute to political campaigns, political parties, or other organizations watched by the FEC. Corporations and unions may not donate money directly to candidates or national party committees.
During any one campaign cycle an individual may give up to $2,600 to any individual candidate or up to $30,800 to a national party committee (these amounts are indexed to inflation).
National Party Committees and most PACs may contribute up to $5000 per cycle to any one candidate.
The intention of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) of 1971 was to "limit the influence" of "big money" in politics. The history of the next 33 years suggests that the attempt failed.
Big Money - the contributions from rich folk in the other party.
Soft Money - "non-federal money" or campaign expenditures not falling under the purview of the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Prior to the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA, McCain–Feingold Act), Congress could not restrict the total amount of "independent expenditures" made by a political party without coordination with a candidate. This allowed large amounts of soft money to be used for "legislative advocacy media advertisements" as long as they did not advocate for a federal candidate. Thus political parties bypassed FEC oversight and the limitations imposed by the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) of 1971.
Illegal Money - Disallowed are any direct campaign contributions from foreign individuals, corporations or governments, as well as any money from Federal Government Contractors, Corporations and Unions, Contributions in the Name of Another (I give you $$$ and you make the contribution) and any Excessive Contributions past legal limits.
The Channels
Parties - Primarily the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. The rules apply to other National Party Committees - Libertarian, Constitution, Green, etc. Since all the others together rarely garner 5% of the monies, no attention is given them by anyone outside of the FEC.
PACs - A Federal Political Action Committee is a multi-candidate political committee with more than 50 contributors which has been registered for at least 6 months and has made contributions to 5 or more candidates for federal office. Because of the $5000 contribution limit from any one entity, PACs have multiplied. A labor union-favored candidate might well receive $20,000 in $5,000 contributions from the Democratic National Committee, the National Education Association's "connected PAC", the National Education Association's "unconnected PAC" and the National Education Association's "leadership PAC".
"Super PACS" - An independent PAC may raise and spend unlimited amounts. Incorporated as "independent-expenditure only committees”, they may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties. They may independently spend to influence an election.
Most voters see the hand of Super PACs at work in the form of negative campaign ads during election season. These ad campaigns often make claims that no candidate would dare suggest about their opponent, but since the ads come from an "independent source", the claims get made and the "out of state" Super PAC is the one "responsible" for slinging the mud.
The Citizens United case opened the door to Super PACs when the US Supreme Court ruled that the government may not prohibit unions and corporations from making independent expenditure for political purposes. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party and the Occupy Now folks have made "Citizens United" a public issue with the rallying cry, "A corporation is not a person,” but the parallel reminder that "a union is not a person" has yet to fall from their lips.
501(c)4s - While 501(c)3 groups like the NAACP, the National Rifle Association, Planned Parenthood, the National Right To Life Committee and the Family Research Council are barred from campaign involvement, their partner 501(c)4 entities may "educate" and "advocate" public policy positions even during election season.
As a spin-off benefit, the 501(c)4s are not required to disclose the names of their donors whereas Super PACs must publicly list donors contributing more that $200. This makes 501(c)4s the "weapon of choice" in Federal elections.
During the past election cycle, the two biggest groups together raised more funds than all the Super PACs combined. The two groups were vehicles for conservative influence: Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity.
While liberals consider this "conservative" ascendency as a sign of corrupt politics, a more reasoned assessment sees the success of groups like Crossroads as a healthy balance to the hefty influence of union funds and activities on behalf of the Democrats.
Public Financing - Often a neglected source of funding, checking a box on your IRS 1040 return credits $3 toward presidential elections.This is a bookkeeping sleight of hand. The $3 contributions have never met the costs to the General Fund. Most  candidates since 1976 have accepted the funds. 
A review of how the funds are used - for the costs of the Democrat and Republican national conventions as well as some costs of national parties general election campaigns - reveals a Federal perk that has little relation to better or cleaner elections. Over $200 million can be expended in a presidential election cycle. Neither Obama or Romney accepted any Federal funds in the 2012 election. Thus they were not subject to restrictions on raising or expending private monies during the election. 
Some Simple Value Systems 
Big Money is Bad - My rich folk have "good money”; the other party's rich folk have "big money". 
Sometimes "big money" is amazingly ineffective. This year one billionaire vowed to spend $100 million of advancing a "green" agenda in the elections. By the time the "professionals" in the Democrat Party finished "educating" him, he ended up putting $1.4 million into Senate primary races where his money had little effect. 
The best way to use "big money" to influence politics is to buy a media outlet, not a politician...
Corporate Money is Bad - To Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and the Occupy Now crowd, "Multi-National Corporations" are evil, and all corporate contributions or expenditures are "corrupting" the political process. Most companies would consider a ban on corporate money to be a form of taxation without representation. The Supreme Court considers corporate money to be constitutionally protected free speech.
Union Money is Bad - Not really "bad", just "specially privileged" and undemocratic. Do all the members of the NEA or the AFL-CIO really approve of their dues being used solely to advance the agenda of the Democrats?
Anonymous is Bad - In theory, yes, we should know where the money is coming from. In practice, we live in an age of "mean" politics. Where once the KKK might come knocking on your door, now the homosexual activists target individual donors, churches and businesses who vote, advocate or donate "on the wrong side of history". 
"Your Party Needs Your Contribution" - No matter how clear the call is to donate so your party can "fix what's broken in Washington" or to "prevent the barbarians" from taking over the country, this is a sales pitch. You need to consider the quality of the product you are being offered. 
Perhaps your $50 might do more to advance your values if given to an D.C. based advocacy group instead.
Ways To Move Forward
Let's grant that wise public policy on this issue is not likely to come from either the fox (the Executive branch) or the chickens in the coop (Congress). So that leaves our current practice of lawsuits which force the Judicial branch to set policy - not a good idea in the long run. This leaves the "independent commission" as an option.
A "Campaign Finance Commission" (CFC) may be convened by the Speaker of the House according to these guidelines:
1) The CFC shall have a minimum of six members including -
     a) the three youngest male members of Congress
     b) the three youngest female members of Congress
     c) the most recent former members of Congress who retired by honoring a "term limit" campaign pledge
     d) three members of the majority party who are selected by the leader of the minority party
     e) three members of the minority party who are selected by the leader of the majority party
2) The CFC shall be tasked with keeping campaign funding rules simple, fair and honest. 
3) The CFC process shall consist of sequestering the Commission until a unanimous plan is produced.
4) The CFC members will present their plan to the Congress and then do a fifty state, Town Meeting Tour to present it face-to-face to the people.
As we frequently hear on Capitol Hill, this may not be the best plan, it may not be the final plan, but it is a plan that can help move the discussion in the right direction.
  1. Knowing it is God who sets up and removes leaders, pray for the leaders God is raising up for our nation to have all the funding and resources they need. (Romans 13:1)
  2. Pray for financial corruption and unholy alliances in our political system to be exposed. (Ephesians 5:11)
  3. Pray for a renewal of integrity and humility among our national leaders, that funds entrusted to individuals and political parties would be used for the good of the nation and not for selfish gain. (Proverbs 12:22) 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Day 21 - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

“The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.”
-Proverbs 15:27
  • The FCPA is a US federal law known primarily for addressing accounting transparency requirements and bribery of foreign officials; it is not restricted to money, but includes anything of value. (1)
  • As the imagination of Hollywood stories takes the movie industry all over the world, filmmakers are often willing to employ “any means necessary” to fulfill their artistic vision; this often includes bribes and money paid illegally to gain access to particular areas, street closures, personnel, etc. (2)
  • These illegal funds frequently fuel illicit activity in already broken, corrupt systems, sending an unofficial but powerful message of approval.
  • Some countries limit the number of foreign films allowed (China is one example); film corporations have been guilty of bribing governments to get their movie selected, increasing their profits on a global scale. (2)

Father God, I repent if I have manipulated people or systems in order to get what I want. I repent for any selfishness that I may have harbored that would motivate me to act in this way.
Oh God, on behalf of the United States we repent for allowing any form of manipulation of people and money in our society. Expose any financial corruption in the entertainment realm, and teach us to walk in integrity and humility with one another, honoring one another over our own selfish desires.

  1. Pray that the wealth in Hollywood would be handled with honesty and integrity. (Proverbs 11:3)
  2. Pray that our influence and wealth as a nation would no longer be used to enforce broken and corrupt systems. (Proverbs 22:16)
  3. Pray for any and all corruption in Hollywood, including violations of the FCPA, to be exposed. (Ephesians 5:13)
  1. Do research on your own to see if any TV shows, movies and other entertainment programs you watch have violated the FCPA in any way. If you feel it’s your conviction, boycott them so you are not supporting this kind of corruption.

  1. “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” Wikipedia.
  2. “Q & A: Entertainment Industry Corruption Risks.” Main Justice. 7 June 2012. Web. 15 July 2014.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Day 20 - The Entertainment Industry

“Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the Lord your God.”
-Leviticus 25:17

  • In the quest for success, people in the arts and entertainment industry are often willing to do anything, especially to land that first big break; this desperation is regularly exploited, fueling tendencies toward mental health problems and addictive behaviors. (1)
  • “Casting couches” are very much a reality; this phrase refers to the practice of aspiring actors/actresses being coerced into performing sexual favors in order to get their big debut in the industry. (2)
  • In the music industry, record labels, producers, and agents are often generating billions by exploiting musicians themselves; this can include studio and touring costs that outweigh royalties, stolen copyrights, and hidden contract costs, among other things. The financial corruption in the music industry runs deep and unfortunately has come to be considered standard practice by many the dues one has to pay for a musical career. (3)
  • Women are particularly exploited in this industry, whether expected to perform sexual behaviors as a means to success or being used as marketing tools because of the mantra, “Sex sells.” (4)

Father God, I ask that You would forgive me for any way that I have taken advantage of others, or exploited them for any reason. If I have mistreated people in any way, I ask that You would reveal it to me and help me to walk in love towards every person I know.
Lord, on behalf of the nation we ask Your forgiveness for the mistreatment of others. We repent for not valuing individuals and their gifts and, instead, exploiting them for our own gain. Expose the corruption of mistreating others for personal or financial profit and shine Your light in our entertainment industry!

  1. Pray for the exploitative practices in Hollywood to be exposed and dealt with, that people would not turn a blind eye just for the sake of entertainment. ( Job 12:22)
  2. Pray for influential people to bring reform to the music industry, that the new standard would be treating people well and giving honor where it is due. (Proverbs 8:18)
  3. Pray for a new culture that affirms human dignity and worth to sweep over the arts and entertainment world. (Philippians 2:3)
  1. Evaluate your own life and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any way that you may have taken advantage of people. If so, make it right with all involved.
  2. If you are a pastor or church leader, allow the Holy Spirit to show you where you may be taking advantage of someone’s gifts, talents or calling.
  3. Guard yourself from being influenced by Hollywood’s low moral standards. You may need to give up certain movies or TV shows but it will be worth it for your relationship with Christ and your family.

  1. Lela, Wayne. “Hollywood According To Those ‘In The Know’.” H.O.M.E. Web. 14 July 2014.
  2. “Casting couch.” Wikipedia.
  3. “Crime and Corruption: Recognizing Unethical Practices in the Music Business.” Music Think Tank. 7 April 2009. Web. 15 July 2014
  4. Keough, Peter. “Taking it off takes off.” Chicago Tribune. 30 April 1995

Monday, September 22, 2014


Day 19 - The Porn Industry

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." -Matthew 5:8
Sex sells. Particularly when it’s glorified in a manner that dehumanizes its participants and attracts both men and women of all ages. The pornography industry in the United States has increased in unprecedented ways over the last two decades, which can be largely accredited to technological advances (such as the creation of the internet).
In Day 2 of this prayer guide we gave some statistics of pornography use on a personal level; however, the porn industry’s effect on society as a whole and its corrupt practices are more than eye-opening.
  • The pornography industry abuses people for its own gain. Although porn actors willingly engage in creating porn, the abuse and trauma that they go through is horrific. Men and women are subject to not only psychological and emotional abuse, but physical abuse as well. Many times in hardcore porn scenes, women are choked, slapped, pushed and called obscenities of all sorts. And this is apart from the already brutal and unnatural sexual acts they have to perform. To cope with this, many become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Unfortunately, some of them commit suicide or die from sexually transmitted diseases. (1)
  • Some adult websites steal from their consumers. According to researchers who presented at a 2010 Harvard symposium on information security, 3.23 percent of 269,000 pornographic websites were laden with viruses, spyware and adware which puts the personal information of consumers at risk. (2)
  • Pornography fuels and acts as a platform for human trafficking. Many times criminal human trafficking organizations use pornographic websites to advertise to their clients or make money from videos where trafficking victims were forced to film themselves having sex. (3) Click here to read a more in-depth article on the link between porn and human trafficking from our Freedom 21 anti-trafficking prayer initiative in 2013.

Father God, I ask that You would forgive me if I, in any way, have participated in consuming pornographic material which aids corruption in the porn industry. I repent for my ungodly actions, and ask that You would strengthen me to remain pure; when tempted, open my eyes to the personal and societal consequences of consuming pornography.
Lord, we repent on behalf of the nation for allowing pornography to enter into our homes and churches. Forgive us for the objectifying women, the abuse of individuals for profit and the idolatry of sexual sin. As the biggest producer and exporter of pornography in the world, we also repent for causing other nations to sin because of our unbridled appetites. Expose the pornography industry for what it is, and end its corruption of our society.

  1. Pray for the porn industry to lose its foothold in American society. Declare that our nation is a purified nation under the blood of Jesus! (Psalm 33:12)
  2. Pray that corruption in the industry would be exposed. This includes the mistreatment of men and women, the abuse of consumers and their personal information and its ties with human trafficking. (Mark 4:22)
  3. Pray for men in our nation to not be controlled by their lustful desires that lead to the degradation and objectifying of women and the breakdown of their families. (Psalm 119:37)
  1. Monitor your children’s time on the internet as well as the content that they are viewing. It would also be good to discuss the dangers of pornography with them. A great resource for this is Josh McDowell’s book, Just 1 Click Away.
  2. Protect yourself and your family by installing online accountability programs such as X3Watch or Covenant Eyes.

  1. Bancroft, Caitlin. “Porn Stars Can’t Leave the Industry, and Here’s Why.” 1 October 2013.
  2. Morran, Chris. “Science Confirms Porn Sites Are Shockingly Corrupt.” 16 June 2010.
  3. McNall, Marney. “The Justice Side of Porn.” Relevant Magazine.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Day 18 - Pedophilia in Hollywood

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” -Luke 18:16
There is little question that the Arts and Entertainment industry in the United States has a powerful influence on culture, not only in our own nation, but around the globe. People are quick to point out the moral corruption in the products released by this industry, but there are actually systems of corruption woven into the fiber of this sphere, easily covered up by the glamor of being rich and famous.

  • Recent charges brought against a high profile Hollywood director and several other industry moguls have highlighted an ongoing issue with child abuse in the entertainment world. (1)
  • Experts say predators and pedophiles are more rampant than ever; parents are often reluctant to bring charges if and when they find out for fear of ruining their child’s acting career or the perpetrator’s reputation. (2)
  • Corey Feldman, an actor and survivor of childhood sexual abuse in Hollywood, has publicly shared: “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia.” (3)
  • The drive for fame, the adult world child actors are thrown into, and the lack of genuine adult supervision in many aspects of entertainment life create an overwhelming vulnerability for children and teenagers pursuing acting careers. (3)

Father God, forgive me if I, in any way, have not stood up against the sexual abuse of children in my community, church, or even family if it exists. Open my eyes to recognize the abuse of children around me that I may be an agent for Kingdom justice!
Lord, we ask Your forgiveness on behalf of the nation for the sin of pedophilia, particularly in Hollywood. We repent for this blatant immorality that victimizes and confuses children, and ask that You would expose and eliminate it in Hollywood.

  1. Pray that pedophiles will no longer be able to hide behind money and fame, but will be exposed and brought to justice. (Psalm 103:6)
  2. Pray that victims and their parents will have the courage to speak up. Pray also that victims would experience the healing power of God and find salvation in Him. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  3. Pray for other states to pass legislation preventing registered sex offenders from working with children in the entertainment industry. As of October 2013, California was the only state to have this law in place. (Proverbs 18:5)
  1. If you know any children who you suspect may be suffering from sexual and/or physical abuse, carefully and prayerfully speak with them and/or their parents about your concerns. While it is important to not accuse anyone of abusing a child, your concerns may be what ends the suffering of a child.
  2. Consider taking classes that will aid you in recognizing and helping abused children.

  1. Waldman, Katy. “What We Know So Far About the Hollywood Sex Ring Allegations.” Slate. 22 April 2014. Web. 15 July 2014.
  2. McKay, Holly. “Experts: Pedophiles in Hollywood even bigger problem than in Corey Feldman’s day.” Fox News. 30 October 2013. Web. 15 July 2014.
  3. Murphy, Meagan. “Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say.” FoxNews.  5 December 2011. Web. 15 July 2014.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Day 17 - Lack of Accountability in Media

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
-Proverbs 11:3
  • One of the primary factors enabling corruption in the media industry is a lack of accountability; few avenues exist to challenge poor reporting. The public is the main source of checks and balances; however, many have neither the time nor interest to pursue charges against an organization.
  • Many media giants either have not implemented or do not enforce accountability policies that keep outlets from reporting falsely.
  • Media companies control thousands of organizations, social networking sites, web browsers, software and graphics companies. This means that news and other similar organizations can be limited in what they are able report about certain issues. For example, a reporter might feel compelled to report a child labor case tied to a certain company, but fail to report on the matter because their parent organization owns the company. This would damage the reputation of the parent organization and create a loss in revenue.

Lord God, I ask that You would forgive me if I have not taken steps to ensure that I have strong accountability in my life that would keep me from moral corruption. Help me to trust in others for their accountability that I may be pure in my living.

Father God, we repent on behalf of our nation for failing to develop secure accountability systems in our media sphere that would keep media giants from overstepping their boundaries. Forgive us for not caring enough to ensure honesty and integrity in our media. We ask that You would expose corrupt practices in our nation’s media.

  1. Pray that editors, journalists, and reporters would have courage and boldness in the workplace and that God’s heart will be made evident through their work. (Proverbs 28:1)
  2. Pray for more accountability structures to be developed and enforced by media corporations. (Proverbs 10:9)
  3. Pray that God would expose any corrupt activity by news outlets and giants that withholds the truth from being reported. (Ephesians 5:13)
  4. Pray for large companies who influence or take away the rights of others for their own agenda and/or financial gain to be closely evaluated and held accountable. (Psalm 106:3)
  1. Write letters to the editor or guest columns to hold news organizations accountable for the content they publish.
  2. Encourage believers to get involved in media. In order to change and challenge the apparent liberal bias and corruptive journalism methods taking over our media system, we need to encourage people of integrity to pursue places of authority and influence.

Friday, September 19, 2014

DAY 16 STOP CORRUPTION - Corrupt Reporting

Day 16 - Corrupt Reporting

“Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.”
-Proverbs 20:17
Newspapers, blogs, citizen journalism, TV news, social media, YouTube, online news, photojournalism, magazines, news apps unfortunately, the expansion and innovation of technology can come at a price. For many media companies, news is no longer driven by quality of content.

  • With the move to online media and plummeting readership, news organizations can feel forced to rely on flashy headlines and exaggerated storylines to heighten viewership numbers at the cost of accuracy and truth.
  • For example, MSNBC is one of the top news reporting agencies in the nation, but according to the Pew Research Center, 85% of their reporting is opinion, although people generally accept what is reported as fact. (1)
  • Editors are also faced with many challenges. Aside from deadlines and story quotas, editors must strive to please the media giants who own their papers. This can mean reporting from a specific perspective, choosing some sources over others, or giving a candidate or special interest group unequal focus over another to meet a certain objective or agenda.

Father God, forgive me if I, in any way, have not been completely truthful or honest in areas of my life. I ask that You would help me uphold my integrity and word, and not be afraid of speaking or demonstrating honesty in my life.
Lord, we repent on behalf of our nation for allowing dishonest and corrupt reporting in our media. Forgive us for being influenced by false information and developing wrong opinions because of it. We ask that You would uncover and expose this by Your righteous hand.

  1. Pray that the eyes of the public will be opened to agenda-driven news and that truth will prevail. (2 Kings 6:17)
  2. Pray for the success of the news organizations who are making an honest attempt to report truth and fact. (Proverbs 12:22)
  3. Pray for more Christian news outlets to arise that would report truth and accuracy while glorifying God in their work. (2 Corinthians 8:21)
  1. Educate yourself on the news outlets who are known to be selective and agenda-driven in their message. Do your own research when it comes to items like choosing a political candidate or supporting an important piece of legislation.

  1. Jurkowitz, Mark, Paul Hitlin, Amy Mitchell, et al. “The Changing TV News Landscape.” Pew Research Center.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Day 15 - Abortion

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.”
-Psalm 127:3
  • Every year, the abortion industry brings in $831 million. This is a business that is about profits far more than it is about women’s health. (1)
  • Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, has consistently engaged in illegal actions, such as covering up statutory rape, aiding and abetting commercial sexual exploitation and facilitating abortions based solely on the sex of the child. (2)
  • Planned Parenthood frequently misleads and lies to women regarding the development of the baby, the risks of abortion and the processes of adoption and parenting; they also consistently lobby against any law or effort that could potentially limit abortion, even if it is in the best interest of women. (2)
  • There have been multiple cases of abortionists keeping unsanitary facilities, using unsafe methods, covering up botched abortions or injured women and other questionable practices; as a whole, the abortion industry is not well regulated. The most well-known of these case was the high profile Kermit Gosnell case; however, there are likely many others. (3)

  1. Pray for the pro-life momentum in our nation to continue to increase. (Deuteronomy 30:19)
  2. Pray that Planned Parenthood would no longer be able to hide behind money and lies; pray for the government to completely defund them. (Proverbs 12:22)
  3. Pray for a wave of repentance to come over abortionists, that their eyes would be opened and they would no longer be able to participate in taking human life. (Proverbs 1:23)
  1. Consider volunteering at local pregnancy centers or adoption organizations.
  2. Attend pro-life rallies and participate in raising awareness regarding the atrocities of abortion.
  3. If you know anyone considering aborting their child, be a loving voice that would encourage them to either keep the child or put him/her up for adoption.
  4. If you are established well in your finances and marriage, consider becoming an adoptive parent yourself!

  1. “Abortion for Profit.” Abort73. 3 September 2010.
  2. Live Action. Lies, Corruption and Scandal: Six Years of Exposing Planned Parenthood. Spring 2014 Investigative Report.


Day 14 - Judicial System

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” -Amos 5:24
In the United States, judges are asked to set aside gender or racial prejudice, personal experience and emotion when hearing a case and to look specifically at the law in making a decision; however, this is not always reflected in today’s court decisions. Re-creating and changing the meaning of the Constitution and our laws is a prime example of the corruption that runs rampant through our judicial system.

  • First Amendment violations
    More and more cases have been making headlines over the last few years regarding what is considered a violation of the Church’s right to free speech. For example, last year a humanist group in Lake Elsinore, California, successfully halted the construction of a memorial to fallen soldiers depicting a cross on it in a city-owned baseball stadium, citing that it violated the separation of church and state. This wrongly-interpreted part of the constitution only aids the eroding of our nation’s Christian principles and, when backed by judges who may possess anti-Christian biases, makes it very difficult to win these cases. (1)
  • In the United States, organizations such as the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), which claims to be a non-partisan interest group, have a history of pushing homosexual agenda items into courtrooms, bringing lawsuits and cases which challenge traditional marriage and family values. Oftentimes the courts rule in favor of these agendas, meanwhile costing believers and their businesses thousands of dollars in fees.
  • Roe v. Wade
    While the Constitution clearly prohibits the state from depriving “any person of life, liberty, or property,” justices created new precedents to include abortion within the parameters of privacy.
  • Two Christian bakers in Oregon were recently convicted of violating the civil rights of a gay couple when they declined to bake a cake for their wedding. They were fined over a hundred thousand dollars for their “crime.” (2)
  • There have been recent cases of federal judges overruling state marriage laws by lifting bans on same-sex marriages. Although federal law is higher than state law, the fact that the majority of these states’ citizens favor biblical marriage demonstrates the unwillingness of many federal judges to respect state rights and legislation and, instead, favor ungodly agendas.

Father God, I ask that You would forgive me if I have, in any way, been unjust to other people. I also repent for any way that I have treated others wrongly just because they have differing viewpoints or beliefs from my own. Help me to love all people regardless of their beliefs.
Oh God, we know how important justice is to Your heart. On behalf of our nation, we repent for voting for unjust judges who rule according to personal opinion instead of moral truth. Forgive us for allowing corruption and injustice to preside within our courts. By Your justice, we ask that You would expose corruption in our judicial system.

  1. Pray for our justices and judges to pursue righteousness that transcends earthly measures of justice. (Proverbs 28:2)
  2. Pray for our lawmakers to create laws would truly reflect divine truth and justice. (Proverbs 29:18)
  3. Pray for the protection of godly people who are brought to court unjustly. (Isaiah 41:10)
  4. Pray for ungodly agendas that are being advanced in the judicial system to be completely defeated. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
  5. Pray that God would expose all corruption in the judicial system. (Ephesians 5:13)
Is the Lord calling you to be a part of the lawmaking or judicial process?
Get started:
  1. Stand against community initiatives (such as NDOs: Non-discrimination ordinances) which force endorsement of immoral activity and create avenues for frivolous lawsuits against Christians.
  2. Take an active role in the lawmaking process by running for your local school board, city council, county commission, state legislature, or other local office.
  3. Lend a hand to those who are targeted by corrupt lawsuits or civil complaints.

  1. Hoilman, Carly. ‘A Violation of the First Amendment’: Secular Group’s Lawsuit Stops War Memorial From Being Displayed. 17 July 2013.
  2. Chumley, Cheryl. “Christian baker hounded by gays to close shop: My faith in God ‘has grown’.” Washington Times. 5 September 2013. Web. 24 July 2014.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Day 13 - Law Enforcement

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
-Jeremiah 17:9
Cynical views of law enforcement officials often perceive them as power-hungry, intent on violating civil rights and making lives miserable. Unfortunately, there are isolated cases where this is true; however, before we begin exploring corruption in law enforcement, it’s very important to state that most law enforcement officials whether on the federal or local level believe in their jobs as security providers and hold deeply to honorable convictions when it comes to protecting people and enforcing the law of the land.

  • Profit skimming
    This occurs when an officer skims money from the top of drug dealers’ profits and, in return, allows those dealers to function in a geographic location.
  • Personal services
    This could include soliciting prostitutes or buying narcotics from criminals. At times, officers can even be paid in prostitution or drugs to look the other way and allow crime to occur.
  • Mafia relations
    Usually this begins casually. There have been instances in the past where officers are given free meals or drinks at mafia-controlled restaurants in order for them to stay out of that particular mafia’s business. As the relationship progresses, officers may be invited to participate in illegal gambling activities which can turn into doing favors for the organized crime groups.
  • Systemic corruption 
    Although not common, it is possible for corruption in law enforcement to be systemic. This means the corruption flows from leadership down, forcing, influencing or coercing lower positions to participate.

Father God, I ask that You would forgive me if I, in any way, have usurped authority for my own gain. I pray that You would teach me to be respectful of authority at all times.
Lord, we stand in repentance on behalf of the United States for allowing corruption to occur in law enforcement. Forgive us, oh God, for not creating the accountability needed to ensure integrity and honesty within our law enforcement system. Expose any corruption occurring in law enforcement, and bring to justice those are operating in corrupt ways.

  1. Pray for the hearts of our law enforcement officials to not be influenced by corruption, and for their eyes to be opened to salvation found in Christ. (1 John 1:9)
  2. Pray for conviction to fall on those who are participating in corruption in law enforcement, and for all corruption to be exposed. (John 1:5)
  3. Pray for better accountability systems to be implemented in law enforcement structures that would prevent corruption from occurring. (Luke 17:3)
  4. Pray for the families of law enforcement officers. Declare that the spirits of addiction, divorce, and adultery be broken, and pray for God’s hand of protection to be over them. (Psalm 91)
  1. Commit to praying daily for law enforcement officers in your area.
  2. Contact your local police station to see how you can get involved and support police officers as a civilian.
  3. If you know any law enforcement officers, consider reaching out and developing a deeper relationship with them. Allow them to share their struggles with you, pray for them and watch God use you make a positive impact in their lives!

Monday, September 15, 2014


Day 12 - United Nations

“For dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations.” -Psalm 22:28
There is a vast array of opinions concerning the United Nations, what it does and whether it should even still exist. While we are grateful for the humanitarian efforts of this influential organization, there are vast amounts of resources poured into the United Nations that create high corruption risk.
The U.N. has also become a vehicle for influential and ambitious figures to advance agendas they have been unable to advance within their individual countries; this is the birthplace of the globalist movement and ideas.
The opportunity for corruption within and as a result of the United Nations is enormous, but so is the opportunity for positive impact. As long as the organization continues to exist, prayers on its behalf are essential.

  • Mismanagement of funds
    A recent investigation revealed that UNICEF handed out tens of millions of dollars in Haiti without proper oversight. (1) Further back, in 2005, one of the greatest humanitarian efforts of the U.N. ended with one of the biggest scandals when senior officials running an oil-for-food program in Iraq were found guilty of receiving kickbacks and accepting bribes. (2) These are two of the most recent cases, but it is unlikely they were isolated. This is particularly relevant to the United States as our nation is assessed 22 percent of the regular U.N. operating budget and 27 percent of the peacekeeping budget. (3)
  • Anti-semitism 
    The United Nations has a long history of anti-Israel bias, in direct contradiction to the principles of equality outlined in its charter. Israel has been singled out again and again for harsh statements, restrictions and denouncements, even when other nations have had significant atrocities occurring. For instance, while genocide was happening in Sudan from 2006-2007, 22 anti-Israel resolutions were passed while not a single resolution against Sudan was passed. (4)
  • Agenda 21
    Agenda 21 is an action initiative of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. Its goal is “to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity.” (5) While it is a voluntary initiative and, therefore, not law in the U.S., proponents of Agenda 21 actively seek to influence laws at all levels to carry out this effort which prizes the environment over humanity. The principles of Agenda 21 in tandem with those in the Earth Charter (a “soft law” document used to promote environmental initiatives worldwide) have roots in Gaia-worship (6) and have led to extreme overreach, particularly by the Environmental Protection Agency, the dominant enforcer of U.N. driven environmental philosophies in the U.S. (7)
  • U.N. treaties 
    Treaties formed in the United Nations and signed by international leaders pose a corruption risk. In the interest of a global community, treaties often contain language and content that contradict U.S. laws and American values. Thus far, the Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutional principle that foreign treaties do not override the law of the land; however, the treaties can have a strong influence on how U.S. laws are written, amended and interpreted. (8)

  • Actions of UN peacekeeping forces
    As recently as last year, accusations, charges and lawsuits involving corruption and lawlessness, spreading of deadly diseases, and sexually abusing civilian populations were turning negative attention towards the U.N. (9)

Father God, I repent if I have been fearful of stepping out of my comfort zone to reach other nations. I recognize the fact that You are the true healer of nations, not any man-created entity or institution. Give me the courage and wisdom needed to impact the spiritual and social lives of other people wherever You choose to send me!
Father God, we repent on behalf of our nation for any ungodly alliances made with organizations that are anti-biblical. We ask Your forgiveness for allowing anti-biblical legislation to be passed as well, particularly when influenced by international, anti-biblical ideologies. We declare that corruption in the United Nations will be exposed!

  1. Pray for U.N. leadership to make wise decisions when it comes to money and personnel management. (Proverbs 24:3)

  2. Pray for any external or internal forces that negatively influence U.N. operations throughout the globe to be exposed and eliminated. (Ephesians 5:11)
  3. Pray that U.S. lawmakers would not be influenced by antibiblical U.N. treaties or policies in their legislative proposals and creation. (Proverbs 14:34)
  4. Pray that U.N. peacekeepers would be disciplined, not subject to immoral and harmful behavior or corrupt activity. (Proverbs 15:32)
  5. Pray for successful U.N. projects that will provide quality humanitarian and environmental aid without harming, manipulating, or taking advantage of any nation’s citizens and/or laws. (Proverbs 2:7)
  1. If your church has not provided humanitarian aid in your community or other nations, consider volunteering to develop this part of your church’s outreach or missions program.
  2. Keep updated on legislation being developed in your state that would favor anti-biblical principles and then call your legislator or sign a petition to oppose its passage.

  1. Russell, George. “In Haiti, UNICEF handed out millions without proper oversight, report says.” Fox News. 28 May 2014. Web. 3 June 2014.
  2. “Corruption at the Heart of the United Nations.” The Economist. 9 August 2005. Web. 3 June 2014.
  3. Schaefer, Brett D. “U.S. Funding of the United Nations Reaches All-Time High.” The Heritage Foundation. 13 August 2010. Web. 11 August 2014.
  4. “UN, Israel & AntiSemitism.” UN Watch. Web. 11 August 2014.

  5. “Agenda 21.” American Policy Center. Web. 11 August 2014.
  6. DeWeese, Tom. “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.” American Policy Center. 8 May 2012. Web. 13 August 2014.
  7. “International Climate Partnerships.” Web. 13 August 2014.
  8. Raum, Tom. “Fact check: U.N. treaty unlikely to curb U.S. gun rights.” The Seattle Times. 27 July 2012. Web. 13 August 2014.

  9. Newman, Alex. “UN Troops Accused of Sex Crimes Worldwide.” The New American. 8 September 2011. Web. 3 June 2014.