Every so often, I run into a letter or opinion piece by a Christian Pastor or leader in our state that really strikes me as a truth that must be shared. Rather my regular blog this day, I would like to share with you Pastor Alex Rowland’s, President, Church Awakening, letter to Pastors on the critical importance in helping support the Referendum-90 (R-90) effort to repeal the horrible Comprehensive Sex Ed bill, SB5395, that passed last session in Olympia.
Technically, we have until June 10 to get the needed signatures into the Secretary of State’s office. However, the R-90 campaign needs the completed signature sheets by June 1, so they can remedy any invalid signatures before submitting them to the Secretary of State. If you haven’t already, please request your signature sheets today to help us reach the goal of 150,000 signatures.
With that said, I will leave you to Pastor Alec’s very inspiring letter. Please prayerfully read and consider how you can get your Pastor, your Church, your community, your family and yourself involved in this very important mission to protect our children by repealing SB5395. This truth and calling apply to us all!
A Pastor’s Prayerful Appeal to Work Together to Repeal Senate Bill 5395
The following is a special message from Dr. Alec Rowlands, Founder and President of Church Awakening, and Senior Pastor of Westgate Chapel in Edmonds, Washington.*
Dear Washington Pastors and Church Leaders,
My heart and passion is for the Church of Jesus to be revived in its first love for God and to return to the priorities of His presence and prayer as the foundation of all ministry. In the process of establishing this mission through Church Awakening over the last fifteen years I have seldom asked you to join me in any political action, not because I don’t believe in it, but because I have wanted to conserve whatever influence I have for prayer, revival and awakening.
But, based on solid Biblical grounds and out of deep concern for the spiritual and emotional well-being of our children and young people, I am asking you to respond to a direct assault of the enemy against our families with the recent passage of SB 5395 out of Olympia. SB 5395 mandates the teaching and endorsement of society’s degenerating values re: sexual norms and behaviors, beginning in Kindergarten.
While specific examples of the coming curriculum are being kept from the public, there are parent-based organizations in the State that have provided examples of what is already out there and what is being proposed, and it is frightening. The fact that Planned Parenthood is involved in the proposed curriculum and that they and the ACLU have offered their full support to oppose Referendum 90, is really all we need to know concerning what is being planned for the grooming of our children in their distorted cultural values.
As a pastor I cannot believe what the Word says about healthy sexual expression and what I believe are the rights of parents to teach a Bible-based morality to their children, and, at the same time stand by, doing nothing about this direct, unrelenting attack on the family.
We have to work together to overturn SB 5395. Referendum 90 will require the State, at the very least, to put the matter on the ballot this November, since our legislators and governor have chosen to ignore over 58% of the public who are opposed the mandate.
We effectively have only four Sundays (May 3, 10, 17 and 24), to get 135,000 signatures on Referendum 90 before the June 1 deadline, complicated by the current restrictions on church gatherings associated with Covid-19. At Westgate Chapel we are planning on hosting a signing effort at the entrance to the Westgate Chapel every Sunday afternoon for the next four Sundays, observing all the required social distancing and sanitizing restrictions.
May I ask you to prayerfully consider doing the same? Too much is at stake.
If you would like more information, please click on the appropriate Quicklink for examples of the kind of curriculum that is being mandated, answers to some of the well-meaning objections to Referendum 90, and where you can get copies of the referendum for your church.
Pastor Alec Rowlands
President, Church Awakening