I can’t tell you how many Christians I’ve heard complain about what’s happening in America and how Barack Obama flagrantly violates the US Constitution and numerous federal laws. They complain about the growing number of Muslims being allowed into the US and how they are changing entire neighborhoods and cities liked Dearborn, Michigan. They complain how under Obama there has been a huge rise in racial black activism and black attacks on whites, Hispanics and other ethnicities.
I ask them if they voted and many of them say no, they didn’t vote because neither Obama nor Romney were true Christians. That’s when I tell them that their not voting may have been what allowed Obama to be elected to a second term. It is estimated that about 12 million Christians did not vote in the 2012 presidential election and Obama won by only 3,473,402 votes. If half of the Christians who didn’t vote in 2012 had voted, it is very likely that Obama would not have been re-elected and America wouldn’t be in as much of a mess as it is.
My question is whether Christians will not vote again this November and thus give the election to Hillary Clinton, a staunch socialist who wants to continue many of Obama’s harmful policies and create many more that are worse yet?
One of the issues plaguing many Christian churches is their fear of getting politically involved for fear of losing their tax-exempt status. Liberals have tried to sue some churches and pastors in the past for speaking out on political matters or for getting involved in politics. These are the same liberals that have forced many public schools to violate the constitutional rights of Christian students and teachers for fear of being sued.
What many churches, pastors and church leadership fails to realize is that they can be politically involved in some important ways. The Pacific Justice Institute has put out a free booklet, also available free online, titled The Church and Politics What Ministers and Churches Can Do to Affect Public Policy with Christian Principles. The booklet spells out what churches can and cannot do politically.
Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute and an attorney, has an open letter to pastors and churches in the front of the booklet that reads:
“We at the Pacific Justice Institute are dedicated to the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Since PJI’s inception in 1997, we have had an opportunity to assist hundreds of pastors and churches, and as a result, our legal team has become knowledgeable about what pastors can do to educate their congregations, as well as what churches can do to advance Christian principles in civil government. As the leader of a religious organization, you may have received false information from activist groups attempting to silence pastors by threatening the loss of church tax-exempt status if an effort is made to discuss issues of a civic nature. This booklet will provide you with information about what a church can do to advocate biblically based positions on issues and legislation while still preserving its tax-exempt status.”
“In light of the important issues facing our nation today, it has become increasingly critical for Christians to let their voices be heard. As people of faith prepare to vote, it is vital for church leaders to take a stand and be ready with all the tools legally available to them to further the moral principles created by God. You, as a pastor, should be equipped to educate your congregation on what a church body can do to support particular legislation and viewpoints.”
One of the best and legal things churches can do is to register voters. They can even hand out voter registration cards to parishioners and then collect them and turn them in. The second best thing churches can do is to encourage their people to get out and vote.
Voting is not just a constitutional right, but it’s a duty and obligation. Consider the following statement:
“The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics. . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. . . . It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation are becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics.” [Charles G. Finney, Lectures on Revival of Religion, Leavitt, Lord, & Co., Boston, 1835, p. 274. – Finney was one of the ministers who played an important role in the Second Great Awakening in early America.]
While serving as US Representative from Ohio in 1876, future President James A. Garfield warned the American people what would happen if we didn’t get active in voting and vote for responsible people. Garfield warned:
“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature… If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” [James A. Garfield, A Century of Congress, Speech commemorating the centennial of Congress in 1876, later published in Atlantic, July 1877. Federer, p 753.]
Even if there is no clear Christian running for an office, we are still obligated to vote for the best person. I tell people who don’t vote to justify their not voting to the millions of American men and women who died or sacrificed limbs for that right to vote. Stand before a wounded veteran missing his legs or arms and tell him that his sacrifice wasn’t worth it.
Christians – don’t let Hillary win because you refuse to vote!