On Thursday, we witnessed an historic peace agreement finalized in the Middle East, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel agreeing to normalize diplomatic relations for the first time. In fact, UAE is the first majority Muslim nation to do so, and, to the surprise of some, the deal appears to have been brokered by the Trump Administration. The significance of this foreign policy win for the Trump Administration cannot be understated.

So, what does this have to do with Washington State? Well, frankly, everything.

Despite the personal and sometimes flagrant past moral failings of President Trump, his policy objectives have succeeded, in large part, due to the placement of many strong, intelligent, and faith-filled individuals who have surrounded him throughout his presidency.

Why should it surprise us that an administration known for allowing prayer and open worship in the White House has found such profound success?

It’s easy, in the middle of an election cycle where the media wants to point out only failings, that many almost unbelievable successes have also taken place.

Remember when President Trump met personally with Kim Jong Un and became the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another professed believer, played a key role in brokering the Middle East peace agreement mentioned above?

One doesn’t have to approve of President Trump’s personal character flaws in order to objectively acknowledge that his willingness to place faithful Christians and people of goodwill friendly to religious believers into positions of high authority has resulted in, well… results.

In less than 12 weeks, Americans will step into the ballot booth to choose who they want to lead the nation and each state for the next two to four years. We believe that it is time for us to start selecting those who will champion and implement Christian values.

Let me be very clear: the left has loudly and inappropriately began selecting candidates (i.e. VP candidate Kamala Harris) solely on the basis of race, sex, or sexuality, while using a religious test to reject those who are Christian or those supportive of Christian values and issues.

While we expect Washington State to remain firmly in the hands of radical leftists, for now, we remain optimistic that the tide is turning, and whichever candidates place a higher value on life, marriage, prayer, and faith will triumph over challengers that do not.

I can state, unequivocally, that America and Washington State get the best results when those who lead are supportive of Christian values, and not when they’re bending the knee to demagogues and pagans who wish to persecute Christians while remaking America into a country that suppresses Christians and religious believers (think China).

A quick prayer request and an action item for you as you head into the weekend:

Prayer Request: 21 states’ attorneys general have filed a brief in federal court to intervene in the case of Coach Joe Kennedy, the Bremerton High School football coach who lost his job for refusing to stop praying on the field. Please pray that these results would find success, that Coach Kennedy would find resolution, and that religious freedom will be upheld!

Action Item: FPIW is looking to raise an additional sum of money to produce this year’s non-partisan, family values voter guides. We have identified a record number of family-focused conservatives in our state who may or may not choose to vote in November. We need the resources to make sure they do. If you feel so led, please click here to make a tax-deductible effort towards our work to educate voters ahead of the general election.

Thank you, as always, for your loyal prayers and support of FPIW. The light shines brightest in the darkness, and we’re ready to turn it on.