JANUARY 23, 2010
INDEPENDENT CHRISTIAN PARTY GROUP PURPOSE STATEMENT—“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!”
“…if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8.
The Independent Christian Party Group is the vehicle that once and for all will unite the members of the Bride of Christ, becoming “A Unified Voice” of Christian citizens of the United States of America. Put simply, in order to successfully achieve Godly electoral results, all United States believers must be “one in Christ”, members of the same political platform, working together in one accord. One political group, “under God”, involving representation from every Christian denomination, Christian ministries, Christian organizations and every believer of Jesus Christ, who are registered Republicans, Democrats, or Independents is necessary NOW, “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14)!! The specific goal of the Independent Christian Party Group is to restore our nation to “One Nation under God” as it was originally designed by the framers of our Constitution. We must begin to recognize that as members of the Bride of Christ in the United States, we were entrusted with “treasures and property” by our Master in His “physical” absence, as was written in Matthew 25. Unfortunately, we have not successfully and by “Christian Corporate” measures, doubled our “talents” before our Master’s return. In fact, as we look at the condition of our country today and current laws in place, Christians, as a whole, have taken many backward steps politically. Should Jesus Christ come back today and “settle accounts” I dread the outcome.
Political parties that once “took moral stands” do not today. How can we, as members of the Bride of Christ, not take an effectual collective stand, to be “One Voice” electorally? God’s call to His people taken from Chronicles 7:14 is precisely what is required of each of us if we are to be successful workers in the Great Harvest that is before us right now in our country. We can no longer ineffectually continue to operate as separate entities, attempting to achieve “individual” mission or party statements and still successfully unify all believers together in an effort to politically be “One Voice through Jesus Christ” in the United States of America. God is calling all believers of Jesus Christ to ban together and to humble ourselves. “Humbling” ourselves requires lying down our denominational decrees, mission statements, organizational goals and ambitions, political party prejudices and seek God first. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness AND THEN all the rest shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Taken from My Utmost for His Highest devotional, Oswald Chambers so eloquently wrote, “…Narrow all your interests UNTIL the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ. ‘LOOK UNTO ME, all you and be saved…for I AM GOD’. (Isaiah 45:22)… The very thing we look for we shall find if we will concentrate on Him…” As a Christian, I am concerned, as members of the Body of Christ; we have “lost our way and our voice” politically. The Voice of Jesus Christ must be “one in Christ”. Will we ‘tarry” or will we unify as believers to promote and vote for God-fearing men and women that will be the lights of Christ in a rapidly growing dark place in our government nationally and locally? Will we “tarry” and continue to lose ground and lose control of the “treasure and property” that our Master has left us to tend to until His return? This is a cry from a voice in the wilderness. Please, my dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “unite” as one Body, one voice, one accord, one political forum, “in Christ alone.” “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.” (Ps. 126:5-6) June Geiman-Stephenson
My wife, June Geiman-Stephenson, has brought to my attention many times God’s vision He has given her in the form of a new political group called, “the Independent Christian Party”. “Impossible”, was my first response to June. “Nothing with God is impossible” was June’s reply to me. While involved in a mission of aide trip to the Faroe Islands in 1995, God made this “word” evident to her. June was introduced to the operation of an Independent Christian Party while visiting this cluster of islands that is situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. God laid it upon June’s heart then and still today, He speaks through her heart, to form a “united” Christian political group that is “GOD-CENTERED” and inclusive of every United States Christian. It is a vision of a political group that uniformly “SEEKS GOD’S FACE IN EVERYTHING”; “FOR HIS GLORY”, endorsing and supporting Christian men and women who believe in and try to live by and through God’s Scriptures and His will daily.
Having been a member of both the Democrat and Republican parties, I can attest that there are solid God-revering men and women involved in each of these organizations. However, political parties’ platforms and goals therein often conflict with the teaching and practice of the Word of God. This new political group is not to criticize; God is not a critical spirit. Instead, the Independent Political Christian Party Group is the political forum alternative with its firm foundation being the Word of God, and in particular, the New Testament teachings of Jesus Christ. This political forum will provide candidates and individuals a platform where one’s Christian beliefs are in tune and harmony with the goals of this political forum. Unlike current political parties’ philosophies that change like seasons, God’s Word never changes and the very questions of life can easily be put forth in a simple statement, “What would Jesus do?” June and I want to insert here that citizens of other faiths or no faiths are also welcome to join the Independent Christian Party Group because they want to see our nation return to the values set forth by our founding forefathers which are Biblically based.
God’s directive to June was shared with me upon her 1995 return trip home. Today, June still holds true to God’s will for our nation to hear Him in laying the foundation for the fulfillment of the vision, this political party forum by the participation of ALL Christians in the United States. I must confess that I procrastinated for years testing the waters with God, as to its validity and possibilities. I was a “doubting Thomas”. How can such a grand Christian political forum exist given the “grand argument” of “separation of Church and State”; not to mention “political correctness” and the perception of “exclusivity”?
After 30 years as a Democrat, I left the Democratic Party because of its platform on abortion and other social issues. I had become an Independent for a period of time floundering with other Independents that were caught up in the Ross Perot movement. Then I joined the Republican Party because I saw in George Bush a man who said he believed in God and openly spoke of his convictions. I have found that the political parties’ priority platforms do not necessarily reflect what God has called His children to embrace or act upon as His Kingdom builders. In fact, political parties’ have regularly used the “social religious supporters” to acquire votes, and then places them on the back burner, until the next election. June has been a registered Independent for many years because of her deep faith in God and because of the disparity of both existing major political parties.
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN ALL POLITICAL PARTIES WHO PROFESS TO BELIEVE IN GOD AND TRY TO LIVE LIVES THAT REFLECT THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST, YET:
ABORTION AND ASSISTED SUICIDE: Regarding life issues, the United States aborts over 4,200 babies daily. According to National Right to Life statistics of 2008 there have been more than 48,589,993 million abortions from 1973 to 2008, marking the thirty-fifth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade legislation. Assisted suicide is perceived increasingly as “mercy killing”. Do you think it is going to stop there? Why are we not crying out collectively and successfully on behalf of the lives of the unprotected?
SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE: “The man said, ‘this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman for she was taken out of man’.” (Gen. 2:23-24) We were created in God’s image, man and woman, to become one flesh as husband and wife. Sadly, our nation has lost sight of the Word and Command of God. Where is the “presence” of a collective voice EFFECTIVELY speaking out and SUCCESSFULLY voting against what is not designed by God?
In addition, BECAUSE OF TOLERANCE:
National Security: We, as a “tolerant” nation, are becoming more vulnerable to the forces of darkness, particularly radical Islamic influence which continues to threaten the national security of the United States. As we have recently witnessed “a close call” involving an airline this past Christmas day, the horrific 911 event is not going to be an isolated attack on our country or to any country that professes Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords? The growth of the Islamic radicalism is growing internationally at a rapid pace. We, as Christians, must work to keep our country true to its Christian principles. This can only be achieved if we do so as “one body”.
We have tolerated the removal of prayer and the acknowledgement of God in public schools; not to mention the acceptance of “evolution” in lieu of “creationism”. Just this past May, our nation’s capital did not acknowledge nor send representation to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Do you think it is going to stop there?
The fairly recent mint production of coin currency and the longstanding motto, “In God We Trust”, which was easily found on coin fronts, is now relegated to the side of the coins. Secular groups are currently attempting to lobby for removal of “In God We Trust” from paper currency. Do you think it will stop there?
We have more people in jail now than any time in our history as a nation. Do you think it will stop there?
We have drug problems that affect many American homes. Do you think it will stop there?
We have homeless in every city in America. Why? What political party stands in the gap for them?
We have the scourge of pornography invading every home through our TV’s, telephone lines and computers and elected officials are not stopping it. Do you think it will stop there?
Adults and children warped by these spiritual bondages lead to the sexual attack of other children, who are then drawn into this world of danger and perversion. Do you think it will stop there?
Homosexuality is being introduced in public school curriculum and the extremists in our country are crying for “equal rights”, “tolerance” and “acceptance”. Do you think it will stop there?
Our public schools are spending more and accomplishing less. Do you think it will to stop there?
Once elected, candidates’ promises many times are often broken. God’s promises will never be broken.
Slowly, we, as Christians, are allowing the Words and commands of God and our rights as Christians to be removed from the political process. This should concern every believer in the United States today. How long do you think it will take until we have no representation at all? Our beloved Commonwealth of Kentucky’s motto holds true for every believer in the United States today, “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.”
When is the true Bride of Jesus Christ going to stand up in mass numbers, “one voice”, and not as an organization here or there attempting to slay the giant/s on their own? “To whom much is given, much also is demanded of them”. (Luke 12:48) When are we collectively going to bring to light what is in the dark and take back what is rightfully ours? Through the collective political process of voting and peaceful protest, we can regain what the forces of darkness currently control. We know the Truth; this world is not our home! However, God has appointed us stewards of the earth until Christ’s return. It is no longer feasible or realistic for multiple Christian organizations and churches to try to make a difference “on their own”, individually. Such efforts have resulted in some successes but very limited effectiveness. Where we are today, as a nation, is living proof of that! Until Christ’s return, all Christian organizations, churches, ministries, missions and individuals must lay down “individual ambitions and humble themselves” and unite as one Body, in and through the power of Jesus Christ, to be the light of God in this rapidly growing dark world, “FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”. God wants none to perish but for all to have eternal life.
It is not new that money has an influence on our government, but it is new that money, or the power of money, has infiltrated the very fabric of our society, to the point that our political system and democracy itself, is in jeopardy. Many of our churches, our non-profit corporations and the business community, in the corporate world, have allowed ethics to be compromised in the name of power and profit. God’s word says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son cleanses us from all sin.” I John 6-7. Isn’t it about time God’s children stand up “together” and proudly proclaim the Real Truth , in one accord, crossing every political party line, regardless of consequences,? Isn’t it time to stop tolerating in our government, what is not of God and to speak out in mass numbers, what is true and what is false?
June and I believe many people of God, in our nation, are looking for a way to be heard, through their votes, regarding monumental issues at hand. We believe that the Independent Christian Party Group will be a vehicle for change. More importantly, God promises us “the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9) Will not God support His own who are brave enough collectively to speak out on what is truth and what is sin? June and I recognize that we are not alone in our hearts’ desire to see revival in our country and we, once again, become “One Nation under God”. June changed her political registration years ago to “Independent Christian Party”. While I am currently registered as a Republican, because of my desire to influence the direction of legislation and our courts, I realize that I must “broaden” myself spiritually, beyond any political party line. We are looking for Christian men and women and youth, from every walk of life and Christian organization and church to join us in this move of God. We invite you to join this political party forum and to please help us lead our country back to the only true government, with Christ as the Head. “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8.
God has made available to us two websites that we continue to reserve through our personal resources, for future development of the Independent Christian Political Group: www.independentchristianparty.com and www.Godsindependents.com. The Biblical framework and goal of the websites will offer:
· Ongoing development of membership and participant network growth of the Independent Christian Political Party. National awareness campaign/s to all Christians
· Up-to-date analysis of current political affairs & legislation with regard to & in opposition of God’s Word
· Public awareness of issues to be voted for or against
· Support and endorsement of Christian candidates nationwide
· Christian dialogue and chat room
· Spiritual direction and encouragement
· Prayer team and network with emphasis on national and international revival
We cannot make this vision happen without God at the helm and His leadership, His counsel and His provisions. God has placed it upon June and me to take this appeal to denominations, organizations and ministries nationwide, moving beyond “individual” mission statements. This appeal is to invite our brothers and sisters in Christ, in any and every capacity, to join us in the development and fulfillment of “one voice through Jesus Christ”. As God brings together “resources” necessary in the form of denominations, organizations, ministries, individual believers, expertise, and monetary resources, we can then effectively reach the general Christian population nationally.
Democrats, Independents and Republicans: Make your Christian voice heard through the Independent Christian Party Group. Please join us while remaining in your historic party. It is time for all political parties to seek God’s will for our nation, for our states, and for our local communities. “if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
With your expertise and shared hopes, won’t you please join us in God’s purpose for the United States, before Jesus Christ’s return? Please seek God for His will and your involvement. For more information please contact us at: JJGS@ONE.NET www.Godsindependents.com & www.Independentchristianparty.com
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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! John A. Stephenson Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Kentucky and June Geiman-Stephenson, Licensed Social Worker