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I am praying for our nation, and I have something to say about this election.

Our country is at a crossroads, and we need a fearless leader

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We have two candidates who can win the Presidency, and we have to get behind one. 

Two people — two platforms — two belief systems by which to govern this great nation.

The Supreme Court justices the new President appoints will govern the laws of our land for a lifetime. While the President will hold office for a short time, his or her values will impact generations. Each party’s justices have radically different belief systems. To understand the platforms of each candidate, click here for a brief summary.

I will only get behind a candidate who is seeking prayer, who is being real, who is changing, and whose Supreme Court nominees will protect the right to life.

Since we legalized abortion in 1973, we have paid our government to take the lives of 53 million American babies. To put that in perspective, 1.1 million children were killed in the Holocaust. In contrast, ISIS has killed tens of thousands, not millions — and we call them the enemy. Our taxpayer dollars fund 3,000 abortions a day in this country. That’s one precious life destroyed every thirty seconds.  (If you are still unsure if babies are “tissue” in the womb, walk onto a playground and take a look around. They are children.)

Does not the Declaration of Independence apply to them?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ——

I have spent the last ten years teaching women their value. Teaching them to see their bodies, souls, and futures as worth protecting. I have taught women they are valuable because God created them with a purpose, and I’m not going to stop teaching this now, or ever.

I recently shared the idea on Facebook that maybe God could use an imperfect person to accomplish his perfect purpose. I received both applause and criticism. Some friends who probably disagree with me remained silent. But other sisters in Christ debated with me about whether a messed-up sinner could really change a nation for the better. 

Perhaps they need to remember Paul? God has always used rough-around-the-edges warriors with a past to change history. God used the prostitute Rahab to save His people. Are we outraged at her previous lifestyle or are we glad God used her to turn the tide?

I for one am saddened to see the self-righteous outrage over someone’s sin committed while not in office. It makes me wonder if women are outraged at my sins committed before I went into ministry?  Or if they can recognize my past is part of my transformation? 

God called me into leadership far before I had the character to match the assignment.

Before I had the assignment on my life, I was not accountable for it. Today, I am accountable for my assignment. If I sin as a leader, I better be honest about it. I do not have the liberty to hide, destroy, lie about, or deny my actions while in a position of ministry. While our leaders are in office, they are 100% accountable for their choices. 

I am also looking for someone who is evolving. Someone who is being transformed. Someone who is moving towards biblical values. For example, one of the candidates used to believe abortion is okay; now no longer. One of the candidates used to demean women; and now has a woman running the show. One of the candidates used to exalt only the self; now has commissioned Christian leaders to advise, pray, and impart wisdom. One of the candidates has surrounded the platform with faith-based prayer warriors; the other has not. One has chosen a running mate and Supreme Court nominees who uphold biblical values, prayer, and life; the other has not.

We wish the transformation were faster, but the process is called sanctification, what you and I are hopefully going through — a slowly evolving life that moves towards Christ.

Let’ s get back to the playground for a moment, and be clear about one thing: each child is eternal, and abortion doesn’t steal eternal life. No human being has the power to destroy eternal life. But our forefathers promised us the “right to life endowed by our Creator.” To remove the rights of the Father and the Son is to deny the gospel its very core. Let’s remember the Father sent His Son in the form of a baby to an unwed mother, a teenager at that. 

But under the current laws, the father and son have no rights. Only the woman plays god.

The good news is that heaven is filled with children we’ll one day embrace.

But if we elect more judges that support this, we will not have killed 53 million American children; we will have killed hundreds of millions. It grieves me. 

Wouldn’t you rather fund adoptions? Pregnancy centers where we can support moms with baby clothes and insurance and help them get jobs? 

In this election, you PICK ONE. Not one person. One platform. One evangelical council (or none). One COURT of the highest law.

As James Dobson says in his latest article, I shudder at justices who neither fear God nor uphold His truth.

When we look to the truth of God’s Word, we read:

O LORD, you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb . . . When I was woven together in the secret place, your eyes saw my unformed body  . . . . Psalm 139:13-16

O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8

The thought of ending the life of another 53 million children while we call it “reproductive health care” and “women’s health” makes me anxious and sick. The darkness of the womb is as light to Him.

As I testify in 21 Myths, many post-abortive moms are wracked with pain and regret. The healed ones rise and shine, establishing the best life-based pregnancy centers, counseling girls and women through the loss, volunteering to stock pantries full of baby clothes.

I dropped off a car seat at a pregnancy center yesterday, and felt like I did one good thing. I voted. Now I’m writing this.

Whatever you do on election day, be careful who you vote for. I hope you will vote for someone who can actually win the election. Someone who acknowledges God as our Creator, whose Supreme Court nominees will uphold the right to life, and whose running mate is a prayer warrior — and who is basking the platform with prayer.

Don’t vote based on personality. Vote for the platform that upholds biblical values. Choose a fearless leader, remembering God has always imparted His power on messed up people to bring about His purpose. You can read more about the opposing platforms here.

Finally, I am asking you to join me in prayer.

Heavenly Father, we beg your forgiveness for abandoning your Word as a nation. We ask for a return of your values upon our country. We ask that you move believers to vote for the platform that is evolving towards biblical values, and not away from them. We ask for a fearless leader who you will use to accomplish your purpose. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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About the Author: Jennifer

Jennifer Strickland is a wife, mom, TEDx speaker, and former professional model. She is the author of Girl Perfect, More Beautiful Than You Know, and Beautiful Lies, among other books and Bible studies that teach women their worth in God’s eyes. Since leaving the modeling industry, she founded URMore.org, a non-profit ministry that provides resources to hurting women and girls. Her favorite moments are found working on the family ranch with her husband, who she calls “the Cowboy”; in her kitchen, concocting a new version of her famous spaghetti; or spending time with their three precious children.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Jennifer is a captivating speaker. She keeps the listener hanging in wonder of what’s coming next! Her presentation is not only absorbing, it reveals the truth of God’s power to heal a wounded spirit.

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, Former Stonecroft Ministries Regional Representative, San Diego, CA

“The ‘P’ word [perfection] may be the heaviest burden women bear. All the misguided things we do to attain it can keep us away from what we need most – the unconditional love of God the Father. The Girl Perfect Study Guide gives you a map to the wholeness you were created for.”

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg, author and former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church

“The Girl Perfect Study Guide shatters the lies girls and women believe and points to the ultimate truth, which really does set us free. I am confident that this study will help thousands discover a beauty, purpose, and worth that truly lasts. Thank you Jen for exposing the ‘perfect life’ and inviting girls to experience God’s ‘perfect love.'”

Allie Marie Smith

Allie Marie Smith, Founder of Wonderfully Made

One of the best testaments to what Jennifer is doing for the young girls and women of today is a comment from my eleven-year-old granddaughter: “Grammy, I want to read this book and hear her again. She’s good and I learned a lot.” This is exactly what I experienced from a grown-up perspective when I was introduced to Jennifer Strickland’s amazing story. Read it and see if you don’t get the real story from an icon model and a powerful speaker of truth.”

Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells, D.D. (Hon), President of Woman of God Ministries
As a teacher, participator, and observer of public speaking for most of my life, I’ve come to realize that many speakers make one of two mistakes when interacting with their audience (especially when that audience is mainly teenagers.) They either expect their audience to climb up to their level (which feels unattainable to the crowd) or they step down to the level of their listeners (which feels cheap and pandering.) The best speakers meet their audience where they are and lead them up to where they want them to be. This feels genuine. This is what Jennifer did over the last few days at our school.
Jennifer Strickland is a funny, engaging, dynamic speaker. She shares truth with authority and credibility that comes from both experience (her story is powerful) and an obvious depth of study in the Bible. The ideas she presents about Value, Identity, and Purpose are truths everyone needs to hear.
I heartily recommend her for your conference, school retreat, or any event where you want your people to be encouraged and challenged with deep, impacting truth.

Andrew Doan

Andrew Doan, Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH

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