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The Power of One: AFA’s Familiar Refrain

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
The Power of One: AFA’s Familiar Refrain Don Wildmon Founder of AFA/AFR MORE

MARCH 2008 – We received an email at the office a few days ago from a supporter in South Florida. It’s the kind of email that keeps me going on days when I’m discouraged or would like to give up. He and his wife run a sales and service business. He’s the Cubmaster for his son’s Cub Scout pack. And he’s running for Congress. 

He wrote: 

I do not really consider myself a deeply religious man, but I do believe in God and Jesus Christ. I receive your emails regularly and have sent emails when I have felt inspired by your words. I have emailed Ford Motor Company several times, once directly from their website. I wanted to see if I got a response. Not yet. 

I was just reading your article titled “What Can One Person Do?” I felt that I needed to email you. I am one of those who has felt compelled to run for political office as you suggest – to see if one man can change things. I live in South Florida where liberal politics seem to rule. I have written my congressman several times about issues, some of which you alerted me to. My last letter to him was about H.R. 3685 – adding sexual orientation to the discrimination laws. His response was basically that we all need to be more tolerant. 

That was the final straw when I decided I was going to take his job if at all possible. I have never been in politics and frankly never considered it, but I believe I can do a better job than this man is doing. The ongoing assault on Christianity nationwide and the systematic removal of God from everything really must be stopped. It will destroy the moral fiber of this country that I love. 

I wanted to let you know that you are at least somewhat responsible for my pursuing this course of action, and I wanted to thank you for your continued efforts. 

Through the years, I’ve written and spoken a lot about what one person can do in the culture war: cultivate a genuine concern, be informed, pray, be a faithful church member, support your pastor and urge him to address moral issues in your community, organize a social action task force in your church or neighborhood, write letters to the editor of local and regional newspapers, get involved in political campaigns, distribute literature, and spend your money with moral responsibility. The list could go on and on. Be creative in finding ways to make a difference. 

I’ve always said we shouldn’t leave politics to the politicians. Our Florida friend is this month’s Exhibit A, a visible symbol that should motivate others to get involved. 

Now we’ve taken a look at his campaign website, and we don’t agree on every issue. Even so, I commend him for deciding that he needs to try to make a difference. I hope his example challenges you to get involved in politics at some level. If our Judeo-Christian culture is to survive, your community, your state, and your nation need you. 

Editor’s Note: From the late 1970s through 2010, Don Wildmon, founder and president emeritus of American Family Association, wrote hundreds of monthly columns for AFA Journal. Thirty-one of his best columns are now available in a recently published collection titled Our Call to Faithfulness: The Voice and Legacy of Don Wildmon. These columns represent his timeless wisdom and insight and are now being published weekly on The Stand in celebration of AFA’s 40 years of ministry. 

Click here or call 877-927-4917 to order your own copy of Our Call to Faithfulness: The Voice and Legacy of Don Wildmon.




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