Gazing out my second-floor office window, I can see the towering Nebraska Capitol building. Mounted on top of the dome is a nineteen-foot bronze statue of a sower. This magnificent sculpture reminds me that faithfully sown seeds and prayer can move unshakable mountains.

We are experiencing challenges unlike any other chapter in our nation’s history. Our lives and ordinary routines have been disrupted by uncertainty and unrest. We need God’s guidance to navigate a path forward.

In God’s infinite wisdom, He designed a unique relationship between the Church and government. When these institutions work together for the good of our neighbor, families and communities thrive. In order for a society to flourish, faith and government leaders must work together. 

Today, we need the government and the Church to fulfill their Biblical roles. 

Regardless of the latest trends swaying our culture, the Church is instructed by Scripture to voice timeless Biblical truths. Romans 13 reminds us that those who serve in public office are called as ministers of the Lord. According to 1 Peter 2, the government was established by God to punish evil and reward good. 

God’s Word is the only ever-standing tower of truth and light in a constantly changing world. 

That is why Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA) exists—to engage government with timeless truths and Biblical principles. 

In team meetings, we sometimes consider what might happen if we didn’t testify at committee hearings, submit amicus briefs to the court, or circulate voter guides on key candidate positions. Contemplating a potential future without family values, religious freedom, or regard for human life is what drives our team to advance Family, Freedom, and Life at the State Capitol.

What would Nebraska look like if NFA did not exist? 

I recently received a timely phone call from a friend who fled to America as a religious refugee after becoming a Christ-follower. He reminded me of the importance of courageous leadership amidst turmoil and urged our team to continue standing in the public square with truth and winsomeness. 

As we finished our conversation, he shared Proverbs 21:31 with me, a scripture that brought him hope while being tortured in prison. We must faithfully sow prayer and advance Biblical values, and God’s truth will ultimately prevail. 

“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” Proverbs 21:31

Before the coronavirus, economic uncertainty, and tragic unrest hit our nation, I was busy meeting with senators and attending my grandchildren’s recitals and ballgames. Life changed, and I began reflecting on what is truly important: our families, our faith, and our nation’s future.

The battle is set before us. In a recent, disappointing decision, the United States Supreme Court redefined the meaning of “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” This summer, state senators are returning to the capitol building to complete the remaining legislative session that was abruptly postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The deliberation over the next few weeks will determine whether life is protected in our state. 

LB 814, which prohibits the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion, was successfully pulled from committee. The bill will be debated this week. Please contact your state senator, ask them to support LB 814, and tell them no living human being should be torn apart limb by limb.

We have an opportunity to change the course of our history and stand up for future boys and girls who have not yet been born. Life is a precious gift, and together, we can protect preborn children from the violence of dismemberment abortion. 

Many challenges face our nation, but by God’s grace, faithful prayers, and your generous support, NFA will continue working to ensure Nebraska is a state where God is honored, families thrive, life is cherished, and religious freedom flourishes.

Karen Bowling

Karen Bowling

Executive Director
When Karen isn't fulfilling her duties as the Executive Director of NFA, leading a women's Bible study, or coordinating a prayer meeting, she's usually with her four grand children that keep her busy, laughing, and young at heart.