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In a day and age when everyday’s news is loaded with accounts of wrongs that have us marching down the wrong road, what we need most are stalwarts of the truth who stand and proclaim the truth.

It is astounding to hear of the huge numbers who are falling for the dangerous fangs of socialism for example. News coverage makes it sound like an avalanche about to overwhelm us. Were it not for leaders who are driven to protect our nation’s values of original intent, there would be no hope.

Responding strongly to the threats facing us in times like these are the few truly dedicated to proclaiming the truths from God’s word and our incomparable Constitution based on Judeo-Christian standards. On the national scene, there is, in my mind, no greater such leader than Franklin Graham. Graham is constant and consistent in making his voice on the issues heard.

Locally, I know personally one, like Franklin, who is the most dedicated and driven spokesman for our faith and freedoms, Dr. Mark Creech. Creech is executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. He is extremely knowledgeable and is the most strongly committed leader I have ever met. He is a strong presence and a mighty voice in the N.C. General Assembly, respected and of strong influence on members of the legislature on both sides of the aisle every day.

While admitting the nations downward trajectory leaves him discouraged at times, Creech challenges us to “commit himself to seize every opportunity to bring true freedom and hope to the countless casualties of a false freedom with no God and with no recognition of the limits that the Creator has set for our peace, protection, and prosperity.”

In the words of state House member Rep. Mark Brody of Anson County, “Dr. Creech has the unique ability to relate common experiences throughout history to their connection in scriptures and he reminds the legislative members that our time, place, and experiences in history are not unique but are a continuing process of forgetting the past and then having to relearn it again.”

N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby reminds that “Creech by using examples from our culture, history, and scripture that a view of freedom unattached to morality leads to self-indulgence and self-destruction.

“Society says freedom means ‘if it feels good, do it’ and that following that path leads to happiness,” Newby adds. “Yet our society exposes that lie, showing that unbridled freedom leads to hopelessness which finds us in a mess of our own creation.”

That’s why it is such a great need in our society today to have strong leaders like Franklin Graham and Dr. Mark Creech in their respective places proclaiming the truth unhindered. They need our prayer support.

J. Russell Capps is a Republican former member of the N.C. House.

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