As the founders of Unite the USA, Stacie and Carrie Stoelting are boldly working to inspire the American people to be active, informed citizens. As life-long Iowans, they are busy promoting faith
Posted 8/30/18 at 4:58 PM | Carrie Stoelting
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, there have been 142,246 prisoners of war since WWI. These brave Americans suffered tortures beyond description. On August 25, 2018, we lost one of these American heroes: John S. McCain. As we continue in our mission to honor veterans, educate Americans on their heroism, and share God’s love with all, we often hear about the heart-wrenching sacrifices of our nation’s heroes.
When we visited with John McCain or sang for him, our hearts felt inspired because, like many veterans, he served to keep us free and he endured hellish torture to protect us. (Yes, that includes you and me.)
For five and a half years, John McCain suffered extreme torture at Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. That equals approximately 2,008 days. (And people complain about being in line, waiting in traffic, or slow Internet.) He waited for relief from hair-raising torture for 48,180 hours. Think about that.
His wartime injuries inflicted such damage that he lost the ability to lift his arms higher than his chest. What a daily reminder of the nightmare he endured for our country. For you. For us.
John McCain’s Buddy
If you’ve flown through Sioux City, Iowa, you’ve likely craned your neck to look up at an inspiring statue of John McCain’s buddy and Hanoi Hilton cellmate, Col. Bud Day. FULL POST
Posted 11/7/17 at 2:21 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Much like the modest veterans it honors, Veterans Day tends to quietly arrive and exit before the general public even takes note. Veterans Day is November 11. Are you ready?
With the inspiration and information held in this edition, you can be ready and able to encourage the veterans in your path. This should be a priority for every American.
It is time to honor and thank our nation's heroes. So many heroes are humble. They often look into the distance and say the real heroes are the "ones who didn't get to come back home."
When veterans say that to us, we frequently try to reply with this affirmative fact: We believe that all of the men and women who were willing to risk their lives for the sake of our freedom and safety are heroes.
Yes, heroes indeed. Each one should be thanked.
As authors/recording artists, we have had the privilege of meeting many veterans and speaking and various events throughout the country. As millennials, we also have observed firsthand how many people lack understanding and, consequently, appreciation for the magnitude of what our veterans have done for us. It is up to you and up to us to share the truth.
Teach your kids and grandkids about veterans. For example, tell them the story one hero at a time. To start, tell them about Col. George "Bud" Day, whose story is a riveting example of unstopped determination and heroism. FULL POST
Posted 8/30/17 at 8:15 PM | Carrie Stoelting
So, in case you haven't noticed, the coarsening of our culture has failed to improve life. (So-called modern morals only hearken to the forgotten, failed societies of centuries past.) The loving and protective commandments were given by God for a reason. (Major understatement.) Let's follow Him and not the cultural whim. Amen?
Even during horrendous tragedies and catastrophic events (i.e. in Texas), many Americans continue to share sarcastic memes and unkind comments which unveil ugly heart conditions. Oh, how it hurts our hearts to see! And can you imagine how it affects the heart of God?
Let's put it bluntly and Biblically: People desperately need Jesus. All of us. And we believers need to start sharing the Gospel more and more without feeling ashamed or like we need to make it hard. Here are 7 Truths and Tips to Make America Godly and Great Again:
Believe the Bible -Not the Media Bias. Often, certain media edit out Christian comments from inspirational news items. (We know it from experience: As authors and recording artists, we have been interviewed hundreds of times.) Just remember that God is still working. Mightily. And the Good News is spreading -whether in the news or not. Prayer is powerful. Christ remains King. Be encouraged! Many are serving Him with action. For example, we believe donating to Samaritans Purse is a wonderful way to partner with fellow Christians who are on-site helping Texas. (Go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/.) FULL POST
Posted 7/18/17 at 11:33 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Imagine someone invading the hospital room of your loved one and decreeing that he must die. That's essentially (and bluntly) what has happened in the case of precious Charlie Gard.
Charlie Gard is a critically ill, eleven month old child in Great Britain. His parents want the opportunity to bring him to the United States so that he may receive an experimental treatment for his rare genetic condition.
Why not try to help him live? No good reason exists to stop him from receiving the treatment. He would not suffer inhumanely. And his parents have the funds to do it.
In fact, Charlie's parents have raised over $1.6 million for both travel and treatment expenses. They have been invited by specialists in the United States and Italy. These specialists believe they can help Charlie. But tragically, the British courts are forbidding Charlie from receiving the treatment.
Congressman Steve King of Iowa explains the situation further, "It will be a horrific affront to every parent's innate right to care for their children if British courts refuse to allow Charlie Gard's parents to pursue offered treatment for their son... British courts should not be allowed to subject an innocent, eleven month old child to the equivalent of a death sentence when hope for a cure exists, and when his parents wish to pursue it at their own expense. The world is watching this story unfold, and the British legal system is being judged harshly." FULL POST
Posted 6/21/17 at 10:40 PM | Carrie Stoelting
As the then-president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, Senator Ben Sasse recently recalled when he felt shocked by a sudden revelation as he served. What had alarmed him at the university? Well, we'll let him answer in his own words:
"What shocked me about the experience of arriving at the school is that overwhelmingly the incoming students had never worked before. They'd never done any hard labor. They just never really had to do any work of any kind," Sasse said.
As millennials, we raise our eyebrows and cannot deny his words: Many of our peers have not had to work in comparison to other generations (i.e. the Greatest Generation). Societal restructuring (and just plain sin) carved a sharp change in the base curve of America's work ethic.
Fact: Work and responsibility assist in character development. Many of today's young adults have been cheated by other generations who enabled them to play yet not learn about the value of hard work. That's right: Many millennials have a resulting deficit in knowing the innate values of work, discipline, and responsibility. Hence, we see a lack of character as well.
Of course, we know there are exceptions. And we thank God for that! However, our fellow millennials need to discover what is good for them. It's scary that most 18-24 year old young men spend most of their waking hours playing video games. In essence, millennials have been taught a lie that people can play now and pay later. But the reality is that everyone needs to pay now and play later. FULL POST
Posted 5/29/17 at 12:28 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Reminder: It's Memorial Day, which means we remember the fallen heroes of our great land. On Memorial Day, it's not too late to take time to reflect and honor those gave their lives so that we may live and live in freedom.
We're speechless. It's so powerful no one can fully grasp what that really means. We enjoy freedom because they shed their blood for us.
When we share on media to help veterans and their families, we always try to share the powerful quote from John 15:13 which says, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
On another note, many of our heroes exemplify the trait of being humble: They don't think they deserve a lot of attention. Yet this only verifies that they deserve the attention. Many living heroes state simply that the ones who didn't come back are the real heroes. We agree, but with one revision: The ones who came back are heroes, too. We believe that their fallen comrades would want them to be thanked, too.
Remember the fallen heroes and the heroic families who also incalculably sacrificed. To our Gold Star families, we have a message from our hearts: We honor your fallen heroes and we honor you, our Gold Star families, this Memorial Day. We do not forget what your son, daughter, mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle, aunt, brother, and sister did. No words express how we feel. We honor your loved ones who gave all, and we honor you, too, because you still feel the pain of the sacrifice. You are loved. Your fallen heroes are not forgotten. We honor them today. May our Lord Jesus give you comfort, love, and hope on this day. FULL POST
Posted 4/24/17 at 8:03 PM | Carrie Stoelting
National Reality Check: In the Pledge of Allegiance, we humbly state that we are "one nation under God". Think about the importance of that statement: We acknowledge that our rights come from the Lord --not from man.
The historical facts (as in this month's feature article) prove that the United States was created as a Christian nation. This meant that the USA folded her hands before God and then opened her arms to all people equally. Further, being a Christian nation meant that the United States could offer opportunities for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.
While we're on the topic, allow us to kill a rumor purported by anti-Christian agendas: Being a Christian nation does not mean that the nation desires to force people to convert to Christianity. Rather, it means that the nation is founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs which allow freedom and justice for all. Being a true Christian can never be forced. Becoming a Christian involves each person individually making a decision of his or her own free will: Everyone must choose to accept or reject the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord.
To be a Christian nation is a very, very good thing for all. (And that's putting it mildly.) Psalm 33:12 declares, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!" Alongside this fact, historian David Barton effectively said, "Without a public and official recognition of God, there is no hope of limited government, for rights come only from God... If rights come from God, then we can require man to protect those rights - as we did in the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights." (This month, we feel excited to share an article by David Barton of Wallbuilders: "One Nation Under God." Take a few minutes to read it and focus on the powerful quotes shared by our Founding Fathers.) Click here to read it: http://www.unitetheusa.org/id164.html FULL POST
Posted 3/24/17 at 8:29 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Over the past week for twenty hours, people fired questions at Judge Neil Gorsuch. To put it frankly, it has been one long, tedious job interview! The hearing considering the nomination of Judge Gorsuch has catapulted the U.S. Supreme Court into daily headlines. Yet people still scratch their heads about the meaning and the role of the judicial branch of government. Let's review:
What are the branches of government? According to the U.S. Constitution, there are three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The three branches are to have shared power to afford proper checks and balances.This is intended to cancel "power trips" of individuals and groups.
Why is it that most people consider the judiciary branch to be most powerful? Judicial activists took the small space allocated to the judiciary branch and cracked open a floodgate of unconstitutional law-making. The manner with which judicial activism has usurped the SCOTUS is shocking: It has wrongly created laws of the land instead of applying the U.S. Constitution. The original SCOTUS job description was to simply and directly uphold and apply the U.S. Constitution and its original intents. Interestingly, of the three branches, the judicial power was given the smallest amount of space in our Constitution. FULL POST
Posted 2/25/17 at 10:26 AM | Carrie Stoelting
"What do we need in replacement of the faulty political correctness of today? Compassionate common sense. Acknowledge societal problems and solve them instead of putting a sugarcoated picture portraying conditions as better or worse than they actually are, as purported by political correctness."
Let's get things straight: Contrary to rumor, political correctness is not kind. Political correctness is not compassionate. Political correctness is, in fact, incorrect and harmful to minorities.
How are problems to be solved if they are constantly covered up by false perceptions purported by politically correct news reports? How are people to receive help if they are not acknowledged as living in bad conditions? Political correctness goes so far to not hurt people's feelings that it actually harms the groups that it "protects" in its media campaigns.
If someone has not received a balanced education, political correctness appears to be an expression of compassion and brotherly love. This perception is important to understand: People who are fixated on political correctness view it as a form of kindness. It is up to people who are more educated on this matter to help others understand that, after a point, political correctness is, in fact, incorrect and cruel. FULL POST
Posted 1/16/17 at 1:59 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Millions of people (about 58 million!) have been killed. The method of murder? Abortion.
No matter how we phrase it, abortion remains one of the greatest horrors of our time. And we cannot allow the passage of time to slowly suffocate our passion.
Let's make 2017 a year of pro-life victories! As we begin the new year, let's recommit ourselves to the fight for the life:
Again, according to the National Right to Life, about 58 million children have been killed since the January 22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. 2014 is the most recent for which we have statistics on abortion numbers in the USA. Tragically, 977,000 abortions were committed in that year alone. That's over 2,600 unborn children killed every day! Yes, abortion must stop. Abortion is truly a holocaust; we are killing our own children. It must stop! First and foremost, unborn children are the victims. However, the mothers are victims as well.
Many people have pretended to be on the side of women and yet have lied to women about the effects and realities of abortion. They have been sold a lie: Abortion kills babies (not blobs of tissue), abortion kills potential and opportunities for the mother and the baby, and abortion harms women's health (i.e. causing a high risk of cancer among other serious health problems). It is painful both physically and emotionally. (Please note the we believe in forgiveness and new starts for mothers who had abortions: Jesus still loves you and offers you Himself. Click here to learn more about how to know God and be saved.) FULL POST