Sunday, June 21, 2020

Dear CONSERVATIVE movement in Texas.....

By Bunni Pounds

In Texas over the course of the last few years - we have seen a split in the conservative movement like I haven’t seen in fifteen years of political activism. 

Strong Christian conservatives who have fought for the unborn, a conservative Republican platform that supports free enterprise, low taxes, and family values have felt many times like they have not had a home. We have been wandering without a place of belonging and comradeship. Small pockets of us have found each other and keep each other going. 

Many of the grassroots leaders who believe like us and defend fiscal responsibility, free enterprise, and liberty and want to hold our elected officials accountable haven’t always communicated in a way that we felt best serves our principles or furthers our goals. This has been hard to observe and deal with on multiple levels. 

We haven't been adding to our ranks because we have been too busy beating each other up. 

Underneath the surface of what looks like a movement of great ideals is vicious pride in the hearts of statewide activist leaders, a toxic drive to always be the most vocal or seen on social media, and a corrupting way many propel the arguments against each other by wise cracks or backhanded put downs. 

This is not a observation about everyone who stands strong within the conservative movement - many speak the truth in love with a level of humility -  but it is a common occurrence in many circles unfortunately.

There have been several organizations in our movement that have led the culture of “toxic communications” in our state lately - I have been celebrated by some and dismissed by others. 

In my heart- I have tried to remain open minded to all of their value in promoting liberty and the policies that I so believe in, but enough is enough. 

We have to change! It is time for a correction in our path - fellow warriors for liberty. 

More angry voices doesn't produce more change - it actually causes more people to run away from you. Making people in authority "hurt more" by personal attacks or name calling does not make them want to follow your lead or understand your convictions.

It is time for communications that bring hope, stand up for the truth, educate people on our values, and promote liberty to the next generation of Texans without all the mudslinging, muck, and angry rhetoric - even with those we disagree with.

We can be strong and stand on truth without being ugly, fellow patriots. 

As Christians engaging in the political movement, I believe the conservative movement needs us. We want to be a part for the long-term health of our state. 

We played a big part in the 80’s and the 90’s and the early 2000’s in our movement, and we are the low hanging fruit for the conservative movement now in this generation. We believe in individual responsibility, strong traditional family units, saving the unborn from destruction, the prosperity of liberty economics, and the value of fighting against socialism and Marxism.

We don't all look alike or act alike - but we need to be a force of change again.  

Praying, voting, and engaging has become a part of many of our lives as we learn about and support biblical principles in the political realm. We have felt awakened and led to get involved in the political movement, but the toxicity of “politics” can become disheartening to many and can cause many to give up hope. The hypocrisy and backstabbing in our own conservative ranks have caused many good people to throw up their hands and quit. I have seen them do it and watched them walk away. 

We can’t allow this to happen any longer. We have to be better in OUR conservative movement. 

We have to function in the struggle of - who gets what, how, and when (which is the definition of politics) - without the filth, the anger, the putdowns and the pride. 

The Texas conservative movement is one of my “families” that I know well. I have served with you in the trenches since 2004 as an activist, a campaign manager, a political consultant, and a candidate myself. 

I have walked beside people who I thought were some of the best campaign managers in the business -  to quickly watch a few years later see pride and ugliness take them out for the count. I have seen unethical decisions, fraud, lying, and deep corruption from consultants I have championed in the past or elected officials that we all think carry the banner of "conservative warriors". It is tragic and for the sake of our principles and our movement, we have to do better.

I am not perfect. You are not perfect. No one in our movement is perfect. We are human beings who carry a burden for our state and our nation that many people don’t understand. We get weary, depressed, crushed by others, and wonder many days if what we are doing is making a difference, but we keep moving forward. 

We get disillusioned by elected officials and leaders, frustrated when our principles are not upheld, and we cry when more liberties are eroded around us, but we have to stand strong and not stop.

We have enough corruption on the left and people who want to dismantle the fabric of our nation to be undermining our own movement by our own behavior. We have to be different. We can't parrot them - we are better than that. 

If this conservative movement is going to remain in the fight and “endure to the end” to see lasting change for our principles in our state and nation- we have to hit our knees, look straight at our own hearts, and let God start cleaning up our movement one leader at a time and one life at a time. 

We need a realignment and it has to start with me and you. 

Will you join me in changing this movement that we love?

Let's make this weekend be the beginning of a new conservative movement in Texas - one that can really impact change.

Friday, August 9, 2019

I Saw the Lord...... Part 3

By Bunni Pounds

Isaiah 6 is so rich because we see the power of SEEING the Lord- high and lifted up. Isaiah saw the Lord and was changed.

As we discussed in part 1 and part 2 of this series, we won’t hear from God, we won’t be sent in His power, and we won’t have anything of value to say IF we don’t SEE Him - His holiness, His worth, and His glory.

But once we are in that place of abiding by His grace, we can HEAR Him and hear Him clearly.

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

I love the fact that right there before the throne of God after seeing Jesus for who He really is that the first thing that Isaiah HEARS is the cry of the Lord of the Harvest for laborers.

When we get close to the Lord, this happens....we start seeing the Lord’s heart for the world. We hear His heart cry for people to be raised up who will walk in their gifts and callings and be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth.

This is the place, as believers, we more often than not get frustrated with - we see so much need that we don’t know what to do.

So it makes me laugh that Jesus always points us back to prayer - back to relationship with Him. He doesn’t ask us to solve the huge problem of few laborers. He just asks us to seek Him in prayer.

Matthew 9:37-38

“Then He (Jesus) said to His disciples, The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  THEREFORE, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

So here we are, seeing Him, hearing from Him that there are few laborers, having to ask Him to solve that problem, and then it happens...… we submit ourselves - our undone lives to be used as one of those laborers.

That is what Isaiah said - “Here am I! Send me.”

I laugh at this because God had Isaiah right where He wanted him- seeing Him as He truly is, hearing His voice, seeing what He sees and feeling what He feels and then turning himself into the answer to his own agreement with God’s heart.

Isaiah became the answer to his own prayer for laborers.

So often this is where our journey leads us - we volunteer ourselves because we now have God’s heart for the world coursing through our veins. We can’t stop ourselves. We have to say YES to Him because we are ruined by His glory and we never want to go back to just mundane living.

I laugh because God did it - His prayers and our prayers of agreement are always answered. He will commission His laborers.

Then God SENDS Isaiah and in the same way He sends us.

“And He said, “Go, and tell this people.” He nows has the power to TELL the people the Word of the Lord, but God sends him to people who "won’t hear, who won’t understand, and do not perceive."

Read Isaiah 6:9-13.

This is a hard group of people that God sends Isaiah to and he gets so frustrated that Isaiah says, “Lord, how long?”

I hear young people all the time just wanting to take off and go be used by God somehow, but again this is why this message of the hour of walking in intimacy with Jesus is so important. 

We need to see Jesus, spend time with Him, and know He loves us, because once we are sent, it is HARD.

You think the waiting is hard - try the sending and the telling. It is not pretty. It is hard work where sometimes the responses or the results are not what we want.

In those wastelands and desolate places where God sends us, we have to have His presence sustaining us. We need to realize that Jesus is really the true destiny for our lives and however He uses us is a by-product of that relationship.

This is where the forerunners and pioneers are birthed - in the wilderness and in the desert places and in the place of intimacy with God.

“But yet a tenth (a remnant) will be in it, and will return and be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or as an oak, Whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the HOLY SEED shall be its stump.”

This was a prophecy to Isaiah of the first coming of Jesus. It is a picture of the Holy Seed that had to die (be cut down) before His resurrection and His glorification, but I also believe it is a prophecy for the days we are living in before the second coming as well.

We are in a time where the Body of Christ looks like a stump. We are weak, small, and tired, but this remnant of those who seek God will demonstrate the powerful SEED growing inside of us. 

The forerunners in the spirit of John the Baptist that are preparing the way of the Lord are going to “make His paths straight” and we will be the ones who will be the VOICE of our generation speaking the truth of the Kingdom of God.

Right now we are hidden, we are seeing Him in the secret place, but mark my words, the nameless faceless generation of God seekers will come forward in our DAY with a message of liberty to the captives and our TELLING will be the power of salvation for thousands.

We will SEE Him, we will HEAR from Him, we will be SENT and we will TELL of His goodness.

The SEERS of Jesus will change the world and will occupy until He comes. 

I want to be in that company. 

How about you?

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

I Saw the Lord...... Part 2

By Bunni Pounds

To operate in anything supernatural, we have to live every day in the place where Isaiah did in the 6th chapter - before the throne of God and before the glory of the Lord.


We established in my last blog article (part 1) that we, in the modern American church, want the sending and the telling without the seeing and the hearing. Therefore because we don’t spend time gazing on Jesus, we have a weak, malnourished, and spineless church that has no voice to speak into our culture but instead operates full time in a spirit of pride, fear, and anger.

So once we have seen His beauty and realize that we need to SEE the Lord to be changed in His presence, how do we KEEP on SEEING Him in our busy crazy lives?

Many of the answers I believe are found here in this familiar passage of Isaiah 6.

The seraphim “cried to another” saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory.”

It was like the angels were working on each other, encouraging each other with their words. They bounced the words off each other and the walls of the temple around the throne - Holy, holy, holy!

This is going to sound super-simplistic, but we need each other. We need to run with other believers who cry out - so our ears hear them. They remind us that the Lord is holy! 

We need to hear each other say, “Keep looking, keep staring at Him. Don’t give up! He is holy!”

When I am home in Dallas and not traveling, I try to escape to the prayer room at the Upper Room Dallas a couple times a week and I have friends there who when I hear them praying it shifts my vision to see beyond myself to the holy God. It is powerful and it is much needed in this hour.

Whether it is in a room full of worship music or a living room with two people or your spouse, find like-minded believers who will push you to know God more and will declare the holiness of the Lord over your life and circumstances. It makes all the difference in the world.

Secondly, we need to realize this profound revelation that “the whole earth is full of His glory.”

Our lives with God doesn’t stop when we step outside of our church buildings. He can be seen and demonstrated in our lives through our jobs, our marriages, our relationships, and our leisure activities. Jesus wants to walk with us through our normal boring lives. His glory can be found anywhere and the moment we understand that, we live differently. We realize that we cannot compartmentalize God. He wants to “mess up” our lives in every area for His glory.

Thirdly- we can’t be afraid of the shaking when we cry out to SEE Him.

“And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.”

When we get really desperate to SEE God and when we start crying out as we see the revelation of His holiness- people around us will not understand. Guaranteed! Mark my words.

The door posts of our lives will shake and we will need to rest in the place of faith and the increased shaking - wondering what is going on around us. It may be uncomfortable, but you can take this to the bank, God’s glory will be revealed through it! It will be worth it because you will know Him deeper.

Lastly, in this place of seeing His glory, we come to the revelation that we are undone.

“Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

We can’t be afraid to see our undone lives and our failures in our generation. It is in this place of taking responsibility for our failures, letting His cleansing happen in our lives that we understand more of His love for us, His closeness, and our dependence on Him. We see our unclean lips and the unclean lips of our generation and understand that if it wasn’t for the grace of God on our lives and His pulling of our hearts that we would just like our greatest enemy.

It is in this “undone place” seeing our dependence and seeing our need before Jesus’ face where we really HEAR Him.

Again, Isaiah 6 shows us clearing that we are not going to hear Him and we don’t have really anything to say until we SEE Jesus.

This is the place of beginning and the place where we need to continue in - the place of SEEING.

If we do, then we will HEAR God, be SENT, and will have something to say and a story to TELL. 

(We will talk about that in part 3 of this series).

For now... my heart cries out again to SEE Him today - fresh, powerfully, and with all the shaking that He brings when He walks into the room.

Will you cry out with me in this generation to SEE Him?

*I encourage you to read the full chapter of Isaiah 6. Don't just read it, but meditate on it, think about it, pray it. We will continuing to dig into this passage even more with Part 3.