Articles by David E. Smith
Dr. Wayne Grudem: The Moral Advantages of a Free-Market System
By David E. Smith   |   11.28.20
With the changes our nation* and world have experienced in the past four years, one might think that a video from the 2016 IFI Worldview Conference would be dated, but Dr. Wayne Grudem’s remarks are as pertinent now as ever.
Giving Thanks in Everything!
By David E. Smith   |   11.26.20
Most Christians understand that we are to be a grateful people. This is attitude is especially easy to have on beautiful sunny days, when liberty abounds and the elections go our way, when we hit our stride at work, or when we are in good physical health. But even in times of challenge, sorrow and in the midst of trials, the Apostle Paul tells "be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be make known to God."
Election Day Prayers
By David E. Smith   |   11.03.20
We know you have likely been reminded multiple times over the past several weeks of the importance of this election and your participation in our government "of the people, by the people and for the people." Thank you for your patience with these repetitive messages! Soon, the opportunity to vote in this election will be over. The messaging will stop. The decisions will have been made.
The Public Square: A Biblical View
By David E. Smith   |   10.28.20
It’s undeniable. History shows a definite pattern of positive Christian influence on secular governments. The influence of Christians, both individuals and groups, has led to the abolition of slavery, polygamy, human sacrifice, and infanticide, as exemplified by the prohibition of abortion in the Roman Empire. Christian influence has led to a greater valuation of human rights, freedom of religion, and the concept of equality before the law. Even the acceptance of the right of an individual to own property is indebted to Christian influence.
Our Duty to Influence Politics and Public Policy
By David E. Smith   |   10.24.20
If Christians do not speak publicly about moral and ethical issues facing a nation, where will our political leaders find moral guidance? Without Biblically informed Christian influence, government officials will have no clear moral compass. Think about all the issues that come up in our legislatures and/or government bureaucracies that are issues of moral right wrong.
Voting Resources for 2020 Illinois General Election
By David E. Smith   |   10.12.20
For vital information about state and federal candidates, the IFI Voter Guide is the best source in the state of Illinois! Compare candidates’ positions on issues such as religious liberty, the sanctity of life, the Green New Deal, gasoline tax, Medicaid abortion coverage and more. The non-partisan IFI Voter Guide will help you learn more about the candidates on the November 3rd ballot and their positions on important issues that directly affect your family and the culture around us.
IFI Voter Guide for 2020
By David E. Smith   |   10.06.20
Scrolling through our social media feeds, it can feel like we are being constantly bombarded with contradictory and confusing information on various candidates and voting. That’s why it is important that you and your like-minded friends check out the 2020 Illinois Voter Guide. We’ve surveyed all the candidates and made their responses available to you!
A Conversation With Dr. Robert A.J. Gagnon
By David E. Smith   |   09.08.20
Do you remember the popular advertising slogan, “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen”? While good financial advice can boost your net worth, solid theology, biblical scholarship, and consistent application of the Word of God are infinitely more profitable. With...
Praying for God’s Intervention: 40 Days for Life
By David E. Smith   |   09.07.20
Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge difference in a person’s life. A welcoming smile, a phone call or an encouraging note received at an opportune moment has the power to turn despair into hope. This fall, just one hour of prayer could make a life-changing, life-saving difference in not one, but two lives.
Dr. Michael Brown: The Role of Christians in the Public Square
By David E. Smith   |   08.20.20
If you’ve ever wondered how you can (or why you must) be the salt of the earth and a light to the world, you will want to listen to Dr. Michael L. Brown’s presentation, The Role of Christians in the Public Square, from the 2020 IFI Worldview conference. Using biblical principles and real-life examples, Dr. Brown explains the purpose and imperative of living out our faith in the secular world and asks straightforward questions that cut right to the heart of what it means to be a believer and follower of Jesus.
Important Webinars Regarding Homeschooling
By David E. Smith   |   08.08.20
Over the years, we have reported on the ever-increasing corruptive influences within public education. We’ve changed our message from a suggestion that Christians exercise educational choice to an urgent appeal to parents and grandparents to get them out of government...
Urge Gov. Pritzker to Let Kids Play
By David E. Smith   |   08.03.20
On July 29th, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports statewide for the upcoming school year. Starting August 15, only “low-risk” sports like tennis, baseball, cross country, swimming and golf will be allowed, but “medium” and...
Chicago Christian Activist Says “Get ’em Out!”
By David E. Smith   |   07.13.20
A recent broadcast on Chicago’s Morning Answer (AM 560 The Answer) featured Latasha Fields, well-known to IFI and IFA supporters as an ardent proponent of home education and parental rights. At the outset, Ms. Fields responds to Bryant Gumbel’s statement...
Voddie Baucham: Racial Reconciliation – Ephesians 2:10-11
By David E. Smith   |   06.23.20
In light of recent events that have led to racial unrest, protests (both peaceful and riotous), looting, and calls for sweeping societal changes, Dr. Voddie Baucham asks the question that every Christian today must consider and answer: “Is the Bible...
Hold a Voter Registration Drive at Your Church!
By David E. Smith   |   06.17.20
The process for registering is easy and convenient, but unfortunately, millions of Americans choose not to take the time. Millions of Americans are not registered to vote. Add to that the fact that Barna Research reports that in the last two presidential elections, voter-turnout among self-professing Christians was only 59 percent in 2012 and 61 percent in 2016.
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4).

David has 25-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography.

He and his wife of 26 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. He also serves as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in his community and as an ordained minister and elder in his local church.

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