Leading up to the 2012 election, a project called "Champion the Vote" urged Christians to register voters who would vote the "Biblical worldview." Champion the Vote was created by a group called "United in Purpose" and had numerous right wing evangelical partners, such as Kenneth Copeland, who told his audience before the election that "If you're a Christian and you don't vote, then you are out of line with the Word of God. You're out of line in your place as a believer in the Body of Christ because the United States of America is the only nation in history that was ever organized by people for a specific purpose to praise and worship God."
Bill Dallas, a spokesman for Champion the Vote and United in Purpose, has released a video promoting United in Purpose's new project, "Churches Impacting Culture." As with the other projects, Churches Impacting Culture seeks to mobilize Christians opposed to abortion rights and marriage equality, and advocates a vision to make the Judeo-Christian God the "central authority in American life."
The Churches Impacting Culture website includes a map that shows churches that have joined the effort. Organizations such as Rick Scarborough's Vision America and David Crowe's Restore America have partnered with Churches Impacting Culture. Christian "historian" David Barton's WallBuilders and Black Robed Regiment are listed as resources. The ideas that America is a "Christian nation" and that the wall of separation between church and state is a myth are common with these organizations.
Dallas' video is embedded below the following transcript:
Did you know that a small church in upstate New York launched a successful Bible club in a local junior high school?
Did you know that a church in Willmar, Minnesota, has figured out how to partner with other churches in their community to provide lodging for the homeless?
Did you know that a church in Honolulu, Hawaii, has developed a unique outreach program to teach about God and demonstrate His love to disadvantaged children in the area?
These churches are impacting American culture, not only by serving and influencing their communities in meaningful ways, but also by boldly teaching a biblical worldview from the pulpit.
Hello, I'm Bill Dallas with United in Purpose. Our mission is to work with ministries, churches and the community of faith to bring about lasting, Godly change in American culture.
Right now, as you're watching this, we have a team of people calling churches all across America. Why? To create a network of what we call "culture impacting churches" and to multiply their impact by connecting them so that they can learn from each other and work together to change our culture.
By connecting culture impacting churches together, we hope to see their impact multiplied across the nation. We hope to help grow the grassroots movement of American Christians who, unwavering in their commitment to biblical standards and values, will speak the truth and love boldly.
What is a culture impacting church?
When you combine a pastor who preaches God's word as it applies to cultural issues and Christians who want to impact their community, you have a culture impacting church.
We found that there are clear indicators that set these churches apart. Of course, the key is the pastor and what he teaches from the pulpit. Pastors of culture impacting churches teach that:
There is no hope for America apart from Jesus Christ;
That prayer is powerful and necessary;
That individual Christians must stand firm and take action to make God the central authority in American life;
That the Judeo-Christian principles on which our country was founded must be upheld;
That life is sacred and the unborn must be protected;
That marriage is defined only as a union of one man and one woman;
And finally, when it comes to elections, pastors of culture impacting churches teach that Christians should vote according to biblical values and they should encourage others to do the same.
We're identifying pastors and churches all across the country that have these standards in their DNA. We're including them in a directory on our new website, ChurchesImpactingCulture.com and we're telling their stories. Member churches can take advantage of free ministry services, including surveys, new technologies, and best practices to maximize their ministries. And it's all free.
As the national network grows, so will our positive influence on American culture. The more we connect and share as the Body of Christ, the greater the impact we will have. [...]