American Family Association: ‘May God Have Mercy on Our Nation’

Nation Desperate for a ‘Spiritual Awakening’ Amidst Threats of Armed Protests Ahead of Inauguration Day

January 18, 2021

TUPELO, Miss.— With Inauguration Day approaching on January 20th, there have been major concerns about national security in Washington D.C., and even in state capitals due to violence. President Trump released a video after the impeachment vote, condemning all the violence. The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement, saying “Now is the time to come together as one nation, united in the peaceful pursuit of our common democratic purpose.” In addition, National Guard troops in and around the US Capitol in D.C. will be armed beyond the protective gear they have been carrying; and the Secret Service has been organizing this massive effort to protect the city of D.C. between now and Inauguration Day.

“Our nation is clearly in deep trouble,” said Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of the American Family Association (AFA, “As we saw during 2020, some of our largest cities were beset by peaceful protests as well as mindless, opportunistic violence and the destruction of property.

“The same appears to have happened at the United States Capitol. Many people are very, very angry, not only about politics, but even worse, with each other. But lawlessness from either end of the political spectrum is not the answer. Jesus warned that in times of lawlessness, people’s hearts grow cold (Matthew 24:12). Right now, the only thing that will soften people’s hearts is the Gospel.

“We encourage Christians to reach out to their neighbors with the hope found in Jesus Christ. We are in desperate need of a spiritual awakening. One of our nation’s mottos, E pluribus unum, means ‘Out of many, one.’ If we do not turn our hearts to God, the opposite will happen: the one will be torn into many. May God have mercy on our nation.”

For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission. Find AFA Action Alerts here.

AFA—founded in 1977—has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 160,000 subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.

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To interview a representative of the American Family Association, contact, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.