Is President Bush 'Keeping Faith' With Evangelicals?
- Thursday, February 03, 2005
While Bush has not yet had the opportunity to appoint any new Supreme Court Justices, that day is surely coming. Several sitting Justices are approaching retirement and at least one is in ill health. To this end, concerned evangelicals need to pray that Bush will find qualified, wise men and women to sit on the bench and remind him that we’re watching.
Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women for America, sees another issue as the one the President needs to move to the fore. “There are several important legislative issues which evangelical Christians want the president to support,” said LaRue. “I think the overwhelming passage of 11 state amendments to protect marriage sends a strong signal that Christians and others expect the president to keep his promise and lead the national effort to pass a federal amendment that protects the institution of marriage.”
While Bush said he would support a Constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, whether or not he will initiate such legislation is the real question. Supporting legislation and initiating it are very different and some commentators believe that the Republican Party, with its eye on the election of 2008, will try to distance itself from Bush’s pre-election stance.
Bush had two important speeches to present to the American people this month. As evangelicals, we need to let him and Congress know that we’re still paying attention.
Text of 2005 State of the Union Address
President Bush's Second Inaugural Speech
Rebekah Montgomery is the editor of Right to the Heart of Women ezine and the author of numerous books on spiritual growth. She can be contacted for comments and speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can go to www.rebekahmontgomery.com
PHOTO courtesy of the White House: President George W. Bush bows his head in prayer during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005.
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