What An Incredible Journey

By LaKisha Deon  8-7-2023

This summer Paul Parisi gifted me with the book “Politics According to the Bible” by Wayne Grudem. As I read through the pages of this 608-page book, I was amazed by the godly wisdom that seemed to float off the pages. I look forward to referring to its contents as we engage our city most systemic issues.

On behalf of 4Tucson, we want to express our sincere gratitude to Paul. He has not only deepened our understanding of politics and government but has also inspired us all to be more involved in all forms of government. Paul’s example as the 4Tucson Government Domain Director over the last 11 years has been invaluable to me, 4Tucson, and Tucson.

Working alongside Paul for the last six years has been an incredible journey. He has been a true pioneer for biblical city transformation, tirelessly fighting for life, liberty, and justice in our city and state. His dedication and passion for ensuring that all generations experience the peace and prosperity of God is truly inspiring.

I want to take a moment to thank God for blessing us with Paul and for his continued willingness to serve God’s Kingdom and our city in his new role as an Advisor. We are truly fortunate to have him, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and be inspired by his example.

Something I have learned by working alongside Paul…
Did you know? All “… 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence proclaimed that both the laws of nature and God himself gave our country the right to become an independent nation. They claimed divine authorization for the very existence of the United States of America.” (Politics According to the Bible – Wayne Grudem)

In the past, many American Christians were not aware of the Judeo-Christian values woven into our nation’s founding documents. For many, they saw the political battles played out before them in their communities, cities, and media, and chose to not engage. This choice to not engage created a void in our government.

We are commanded as followers of Jesus Christ to seek the peace and prosperity of our city, state, and nation. This is why 4Tucson desires through our mission to unite and mobilize Christians with the true educational foundations of our civil, state, and national governmental process. The 4Tucson Government Domain provides nonpartisan learning opportunities to unite Christians in Tucson under God’s truth and our founding fathers intended purposes for the freedom of our fellow citizens.

The purpose of the Government Domain is to mobilize Christians to create a culture of civic involvement in the political process within our city, state, and nation. We seek to mobilize Christians to defend life, liberty, and justice as it is aligned with God’s ways and our country’s founding documents.

In the last 11 years Paul has mobilized a team of educators to facilitate Government Literacy. Look for their upcoming classes this August!

  1. Piet and Mary Van de Mark – Living Hope Family Church
  2. Chris & Bobby Jo King – The Bridge Church
  3. Bryan Platt – Community Bible Church
  4. Teresa Irwin
  5. Cathy Tesi – Congregation Beth Sar Shalom
  6. Dan Dowler
  7. Pastor Kimberly McAlister
  8. Pastor Brett Inman – Christ Community Church
  9. Claire Morgan – Ironwood Hills Church
  10. Pastor Pat McClanahan – Fellowship Bible Church
  11. Al Vasey – Pantano Christian Church

4Tucson is creating disciples in teaching that our rights come from God, and it is the government’s job to protect those rights. 4Tucson is known as the organization that helped bring the Patriot Academy to Arizona and to introduce Patriot Academy Biblical Citizenship classes to Tucson.

What is to come?
We invite you to join us for our series of Government Literacy classes which apply biblical principles to our current social and political climate. The dates and contact information will be available on the 4Tucson calendar as Community Events.

In the coming months, 4Tucson will continue the monthly breakfasts with great learning opportunities and discussions. We will continue to hold non-partisan presentations about the issues in our community and what our responsibility as Christians should be for engagement. We are also looking forward to the Blessings Breakfast in January as we honor our first responders and elected officials. Continue to look for the event registration links and topics in our weekly newsletter.

“To unite and mobilize Christians, empowering them to put biblical principles into action as we engage our city’s most systemic problems”