The following article was co-authored by Newsmax contributor Dr. Alveda C. King
Timelines are so important. We, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for life, and Evangelist Dr. Alveda C. King, along with many friends and supporters have dedicated our time, our prayers, our energy and our hearts to ending the terrible scourge of abortion.
As we invite all people to pray for and with us, we wanted to share this snapshot of our efforts, which we believe reveals a significant element of this election season.
On July 22, we were both asked to lead a national interfaith prayer call.
Beginning at 6 p.m. EDT, we led the participants in prayer. It was simple, heartfelt, and lasted about 20 minutes, fulfilling the biblical mandate "that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity" (1 Tim 2:1-2).
Two days later, Fr. Pavone and other clergy helped lead a group of believers nationwide in reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on another prayer call, and the next day, led some political activists in the recitation of the rosary on a prayer call.
And these are just a few of the prayer events both of us have led at the request of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
We have both interacted with political campaigns for decades, but never has either of us seen a campaign leading with prayer like the Trump campaign and the RNC are doing this year. They are organizing these prayer events online and on the phone for believers who support the president and his team and who realize the real protections this administration has provided for religious freedom not only in America but around the world.
The campaign does not "blow a trumpet" (Matthew 6:2) in front of them about these events; most of them are behind the scenes.
They flow from a sincere conviction that prayer makes a difference, and that this nation would not have been founded or survived so long without being rooted in faith. As the president has repeated in speech after speech, "We rely not on government, but on God."
Both of us were privileged to be asked by the campaign to serve various grassroots coalitions, which anyone can join, that enable citizens to spread the good news about how the president’s global view and policies serve different demographics. (We urge interested citizens to join the coalitions of their choice.) And both of us, by serving in this way, do so on the platform of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Some see this simply as political advocacy; we see it as advocacy of spiritual and moral imperatives to protect life, freedom, family, justice, equality, civil rights and peace. Dr. Alveda C. King directs the Civil Rights for the Unborn outreach of Priests for Life.
To secure civil rights today — and this was equally true in the 1960’s — we have to be involved with our civic leaders, and we have to affirm those policies that advance human rights, decry those policies that destroy them, and encourage citizens to be politically involved and to vote pro-life.
As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop" speech (April 3, 1968) the night before he died in Memphis, Tennessee, “I'm always happy to see a relevant ministry . . . It's alright to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God's preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee."
President Donald John Trump, the most anti-abortion president America has ever had, prays. He gets things done. He defends the church against unjust mandates, established a federal office for Conscience and Religious Freedom, has taken executive-level action to protect students' rights to pray and speak their mind in school and on campus and pastors' rights to speak their mind in the pulpit, makes religious freedom in other countries a centerpiece of foreign policy, and much, much more.
He translates beliefs — his and ours — into action that benefits us, our children, and our children’s children. We are convinced that the church, and believers everywhere, should be able to recognize this kind of leadership, express their gratitude for it, and support our leaders when they support and defend, in concrete action, the faith and values the Gospel embodies.
As Evangelist Kenneth Copeland related, at a State dinner in August of 2018, the president was asked what he wanted to be remembered for. President Trump answered, "I want to be remembered as the president who prayed more than any other" (Stephen Strang, "God, Trump and the 2020 Election," p. 113).
Certainly, his campaign and political party will also be remembered as the ones that prayed more than any other.
Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent anti-abortion leaders in the world. He became a Catholic priest in 1988 under Cardinal John O’Connor in New York. In 1993 he became the fulltime National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. He travels the nation assisting pro-life advocates to end abortion, and broadcasts regularly on television, radio, and internet. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. John Paul II, and the Trump Campaign are among those who have sought his input on pro-life matters. He has helped foster the anti-abortion activities of the Catholic Church worldwide by having served at the Vatican as an official of the Pontifical Council for the Family and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Read Fr. Frank Pavone Reports — More Here.
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