Commentary, news and action opportunities related to the free exercise of faith, honoring life and caring for others. Jonathan Imbody has authored Faith Steps (http://tinyurl.com/FSstudy), directs Freedom2Care and serves as VP of Govt. Relations for the Christian Medical Association. Views expressed are personal and may or may not reflect those of the organizations.
Excerpts from new book that encourages and equips people of faith to engage on controversial issues
Logion Publishing, Washington, DC - published 2015
How can we remain true to the core teachings of our faith and
winsomely engage others on controversial issues like sex, marriage, abortion, religious
freedom, human trafficking and end of life issues?
As aggressive activists and ideologues try to eject persons of
faith from the public square, we need to know and hold fast to the truth … and
help others choose the path that leads to life, liberty and true happiness.
Engaging others: "People make their own choices; we are
simply informing their self-interest. In love and compassion, offering evidence
and reason, we simply present the clear choices and draw a line to the benefits or harms likely to result from those choices."
Marriage: "By uprooting and replacing the definition of marriage
with a subjective notion based on emotional relationship … no rational
parameters remain that would exclude further redefinitions of 'marriage' as
between multiple partners, related persons, or even persons and non-persons."
Faith freedom: "While we can take
comfort in the companionship of such a 'great cloud of witnesses' who have
suffered for the faith, we also must fight for religious freedom while we have
the freedom to do so."
Abortion: "Abortion advocates commonly contend that health and
safety regulations, such as regulations required of other surgical facilities,
would shut down their clinics. What does that tell you about the level of
safety women encounter in abortion clinics?"
Worldview: "If we are each making up our own truth, each arriving
at different conclusions, what do we do when our individually made-up
worldviews conflict? One of two things can happen: coexistence or domination."
Euthanasia: "Then, Xandra
says, her father-in-law suddenly cried out. He said, 'I don’t want to die!'
Xandra frantically looked to the doctor and at the others in the room. 'But no
one was reacting.' Franz died from that second injection, whether he really wanted
to or not."
Human trafficking: "The big ideas in our White House meeting
agenda included developing a strategy to conduct medical research to establish
the links between human trafficking and prostitution, AIDS, tuberculosis and
other communicable diseases."
Sex ed: "Totally bereft of any reason to convince teens to wait,
'comprehensive' sex education focuses on trying to merely reduce rather than avoid
Faith & politics: "Christian engagement in government and
policy advocacy offers an opportunity to show skeptics that faith can work in
the real world–even in the intensely challenging, often battering world of
Engaging in culture: "We will seek to understand critically
where a work of art, music or literature syncs
with God's principles and where it diverges."
"Faith Steps is a
perfect book for our time. Mr. Imbody offers solutions for how we can--and
must--take back the high ground. This book is exceptionally well written by a
man of great courage, knowledge and commitment." – Diana Lightfoot,
Advisor, Carson for President
"A clear, poignant presentation of how to become a person of
faith and have that faith transform your life and culture." – Gene Rudd,
MD, Exec. VP, Christian Medical
"The chapter on worldview is worth the cost of the book by
itself! A must-read for anyone who is serious about living out their faith."
–Col. Donald Thompson, MD, Director, Global
Jonathan Imbody (firstname.lastname@example.org) draws on
decades of insider experience in Washington, DC in government relations and
communications. He directs the 30,000-strong Freedom2Care coalition on freedom of faith, conscience and speech.
He is also VP for Govt. Relations for the Christian
Medical Association. His commentaries are frequently featured in USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles
Times, New York Times and other national media.