REFORMATION OHIO LAUNCH
OCTOBER 14, 2005
US SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-Kan) and CLOSING
I think you can tell that United States Congressman is not one who believes we have to check our citizenship at the door of our house of worship. Nor do we have to check our Christianity on the Statehouse steps. (applause)
Like Congressman Walter Jones, Senator Sam Brownback was in town for a day to speak at our Raise the Standard Pastor’s conference. I’m more than humbled that he agreed to lend his public support to the launch of Reformation Ohio. Senator Brownback has served the State of Kansas as well as a former United States Congressman. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1994, taking over the venerated seat of Senator Bob Dole. He was again re-elected in 2004 with an impressive 69% of the popular vote. I think the folks in the great state of Kansas get it. Values voters have found their voices, fixed their resolve, firmed their gaze, and are ready to follow their commander and chief and principled leaders like Senator Sam Brownback.
My first occasion to meet him was in regard to the Sudan Peace Act where we’ve taken millions and millions of pounds of relief and spent millions to free slaves. He was there when a truck was being unloaded with slaves. He was standing there where a gentleman was saying” I set you free with funds provided by the people of faith at World Harvest Church and the Breakthrough Ministry.” A United States Senator witnessed it with his own eyes. He stood firmly with the Sudan Peace Act which is now passed into law. I’m more than honored that he would take time to stop by here today and lend his support to the launch of Reformation Ohio.
United States Senator Sam Brownback:
Thank you, Rod. And, thank you Ohio. Are you ready to rock this state? (cheers, applause) Are you ready to change America from here? (cheers, applause) And we need you to. And we need your voices and we need your hearts and we need to say in unison that motto of this great nation: In God We Trust (applause) In God We Trust.
In God We Trust!
In God We Trust!
In God We Trust
Amen! He is going to do it. I applaud this effort. I applaud the effort that you’re launching this day. We need it. We must renew our culture. We must renew our families. And to do it, we must first renew ourselves. It’s one soul at a time. (yes) One soul at a time. (yes)
We need a culture that buttresses our families, not attacks them. We need a society that honors what is good and condemns what is bad. We need Americans that will rise with goodness ‘cause we certainly fall with selfishness. We need big hearts and open minds to see the beauty in others, and we must care for the needy and show it with our faith in action.
There’s an old saying said many years ago, “Use deeds, and when you run out of those, use words.” We’re gonna speak with deeds. We’re gonna speak with deeds and helping those that need help. We’ll speak with deeds that help the hurting that are hurting so much. We’re gonna speak with deeds. We don’t’ need a slogan or a PR campaign. We need changed hearts (amen) and lives. Changed hearts and lives with a desire to love and to serve others.
And that’s what this campaign is about in Reformation Ohio. Changing hearts to be alive. To help others. And with that, we’re gonna speak to this country and to the world launching from here this day. I can see the dream. I can see it happening in you. I can see it happening here. It’s what we need for the nation.
One quick story. A young Parliamentarian in Great Britain-- the late 1700s, early 1800s by the name of William Wilberforce harvesting-- harvesting the revival of the Methodist revolution in that country, led the effort in the British Parliament to end the slave trade, and to reform their culture. And to give a new breath of freedom and life to Great Britain and around the world. That’s what I see happening here, that harvest of souls leading to a changed society and a better world with it.
Will you do it?
Will you get it done?
Will you find yourself doing it?
We are counting on you. We need you. And with you it will happen.
God bless you all! And God bless this great country!
Thank you. Thank you Senator.
The Bible says that a seed shall be accounted to him for a generation. What that actually means is that if he can get the seed he can get the entire harvest. Are you that seed?
But a seed can’t spring to life unless first it falls to the ground and dies. Are you ready to move yourself out of the way. (Cheers) Are you ready to decrease so that He can increase in the Buckeye State and in America? (cheers) Well then, here’s what I say. Sound an alarm. A Holy Ghost invasion is taking place. (cheers, applause) Ready your weapons. Lock and load! (cheers, applause!) Let the reformation begin with a shout of the hymn that has not only called us to war (not understandable) but empowered us to win. One more time. Let the reformation begin.
Let the reformation begin.
Thank you to all our guests. Thank you for being here. Now let’s go get it done in the name of Jesus Christ. Slap somebody a high five and tell ‘em let the reformation begin.
(Free At Last redux. Rally breaks up.)