My mom began listening to American Family Radio in the late 90s, so I grew up hearing programs playing in the background as we went about the daily routine of chores, home school, playtime, and whatever else was going on. During the Christmas season AFR’s Christmas music helped us set the mood for our holiday baking and family get-togethers. For gifts we often received books, DVDs, and other materials selected from the AFA Store after my mom had carefully perused reviews from the AFA Journal.
Beyond those tangible signs of its presence in our house, the American Family Association (AFA), through its many platforms, was a steady influence and guide in our home when it came to the selection of Christian resources, homeschool decisions, and information and action on political and cultural crossroads.
I have memories of seeing my mom dance in the kitchen to Christian worship music, and she still updates me on what is happening on Trivia Friday and other programs. AFA’s influence and position has not changed, because its standards have not changed. It still stands on the same principles that it did before my family encountered it – values that go all the way back to its founding in 1977.
By the time I grew up and began my career, I was already familiar with AFA and knew how and what I could contribute to its work. And so I was ready to come in and get involved. What AFA offers to its listeners and supporters is the assurance of faithfulness to its mission, because one thing never changes.
As AFA President Tim Wildmon says, “AFA will continue to defend the biblical principles on which our nation was founded.”
Perhaps that explains AFA’s consistency and integrity. It does not just go back to its own founding, nearly 40 years ago. It goes back to our nation’s founding and stays firm in the Judeo-Christian beliefs that were central then. As AFA’s philosophical statement says, and as my family and others have found, “a culture based on biblical truth best serves the well-being of our nation and our families.”
Many have benefited from that purpose and its efforts to promote and preserve the nation’s founding ideals. Some of those have been longtime friends of AFA who are just as consistent and committed as it is. Then, there are those who have never heard, read, or seen the messages from AFA. Still others are like myself, those who grew up in a home influenced by the way of life AFA fights to protect, but perhaps have little recognized how they have benefited from it.
For those, now is the time to find a way to support and contribute to the mission of AFA, whether that means giving financially, tuning in to AFA projects, or simply liking and sharing what they find to be relevant from AFA’s internet sites like afa.net or The Stand (AFA’s official blog site) or on the AFA Facebook page and other social media.
It begins now. Share this blog with your friends so that AFA can reach them and impact them too.