I wouldn’t have done anything like running for Congress if I hadn’t learned to pray. I covered that in Part 1 of this series which you can read here. But the point of this new article is, prayer should move us to ACTION at some point. What do we do when we feel like we need to do more than pray?
When we pray, we connect and care about something or someone more than we do ourselves. Prayer in its true form is ultimate unselfishness.
|Ben, Bunni, and Tim Pounds (Israel in Romania)|
When I pray for my husband and my sons, I care for them deeper because I am connecting my heart to them through prayer. This action turns around and creates more love in my heart for them. It just happens. When I pray for my clients, I care more about their lives and want to serve them with more fervor and integrity. Prayer changes our hearts.
If you want to love more, pray more. If you want to pray more, ask God for love. It is a circular cycle that produces growth and longevity.
In the end, prayer should provide a change in our hearts, where we have to act.
The book of James says, “Faith without works is dead.”
I believe if the Church really starts praying for our nation and our state, not just giving that discipline lip service, but actually praying- it will produce something in our hearts that will cause us to impact our culture. There will be something in us that will want to take responsibility for the decay in our world and DO something. Again, if we pray.
I ran for Congress after ten years of political activism in my city and our district and I truly believe that prayer led me to that action.
What if we, who seek discernment and wisdom from God, actually weighed in with a simple vote to impact our cities, our state, and our nation?
During the last Presidential election, it is estimated that 60% of Evangelical Christians voted. It was said to have been a huge victory for Christians in America. But here is a question, where were the other 40% of “born again” Christians? Where were the full coalition of values voters who are strongly pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty? We influenced an election - but can you imagine if we had ALL participated?
In my city in Garland, we recently had a mayoral election. In a city of over 230,000 people, our new mayor was elected in a field of three people by only 1700 votes. Only 5000 votes were cast in the whole race which is only 1% of the population of our city.
Where were all the church goers? Where are all the members of First Baptist Garland, First at Firewheel, First United Methodist, and so on? I guarantee the amount of people who go to church in our city is at least 30% at a minimum. What would happen if we all showed up at the voting booth during a city election?
When I first started working for Congressman Hensarling ten years ago, there was a mayor in Kaufman who was elected by only one vote. I called Dr. Fortner "the one vote mayor". Who says that one vote doesn’t make a difference?
In the Bible - it talks about how we ,as the children of God, are going to rule and reign with Jesus in the new heavenly kingdom. We are designed in our “new creation” DNA to be leaders and to be light and salt. If we used this in the sphere of voting only, we could change the world.
|Nick Anderson (c) 2014 Houston Chronicle|
I was privileged to be in 17 churches during my Congressional run. 17 bold pastors either acknowledged me from the pulpit or had me speak for 5 to 10 minutes to their congregations. I am forever thankful to them for believing in me and/or giving their congregations some education on the political world. Without analyzing the complete membership rolls of those churches in the district, I can tell you pretty frankly that if all the members of those churches alone had showed up to vote in the Republican Primary Runoff, it would have been a different story. Numbers matter in elections and our commitment to let our voices be heard should be a big YES in our hearts.
If we, as individuals, committed to voting in every election, we could change the world.
These elections include:
- the general election - whether it is a presidential year or a gubernatorial year
- every primary and runoff elections of your political party (where by the way, the real lasting decisions get made since more “seats” are districted safe one way or another for one party)
- Constitutional amendment elections that we have here in Texas where the people weigh in on changes to our State Constitution
- City elections where the people who impact our lives the most get picked by a very small margin of people
All of these elections are important and we have a responsibility to be light and salt in our nation by picking our leaders. We can make a difference!
Will you take the pledge with me to vote in EVERY election?
#2 - Adopt a Candidate or a Cause
Moving to the other side of the curtain so to speak, going from a political activist and consultant to being the actual candidate has changed my perspective on how important volunteers, donors, and people who truly care about the candidate are to their lives and their mission.
I cannot underestimate the power of one voice, one life, and one volunteer in the life of a candidate. When they are putting their lives, their livelihoods, and their families on the front line of the battle, those people walking beside them mean so much.
In my race I had many heroes, but I want to highlight just a few of them here.
|One of my heroes - Doc Collins|
My friend and fellow activist, Doc Collins, leader of the Edom Tea Party in Van Zandt County who has fought against bone cancer for a few years. He went and had a chemo treatment on the Monday of early voting during the runoff - but was at the polls on Monday afternoon and every day through Friday with his “Bunni Pounds for Congress” sign - faithful to support and to talk to voters about why they needed to pick me for the good of the country.
|Ron & Kay Rose, their church members and friends during Primary|
|Amanda in Forney - another of my heroes|
#3 - Connect Somewhere and Let your Voice be Heard.
Around three weeks after my loss, I showed up where I belonged at the Republican State Convention. I have been a delegate to the Texas GOP Convention every two years since 2004. Besides my real family and my church, I have found life-long relationships within the Republican Party as we have sweated and worked together. When I was walking into the convention, I was walking among my family.
I want to encourage everyone who will take the step toward political activism to connect somewhere. You will not be disappointed at the results. Again if we move beyond hundreds of people to thousands of people getting engaged - we can change the world.
So prayer produces action. Action produces sometimes trials and persecution. Then we have to overcome and learn to walk in peace and joy in the midst of being on the front lines of a battle. That is the part of action that we normally want to avoid, but it is where we truly become strong people and where we discover who we really are.
We will talk about all of that in Part 3. Stay tuned - one more part of this series.