|Newsletter October/November 2004
“If America is to survive, we must elect more God-centered men and
public office, individuals who will seek Divine guidance in the affairs of
Rev. Billy Graham
“I often hear it said, ‘Do not bring religion into politics.’ This is
where it ought to be brought…. We have had enough of clever men without
conscience. Now let us see what honest, God-fearing men will do.” Charles
IT IS A SAD COMMENTARY ON THE Church
that fewer than 1 in 4 churchgoing Americans voted
in the last election. In 2000, more than 4 million
evangelical Christians who voted in the 1996 election
stayed home. This resulted in an election that had to
be decided by the Supreme Court and a nation more
divided than at any time since the Civil War.
That tragedy must not be repeated.
We face an election so momentous that our very
survival as a nation could well depend on its outcome.
What difference can one election make? I would ask
you to prayerfully consider the following:
• The next president will appoint federal judges
(including members of the United States Supreme
Court) who will either uphold the Constitution or use
it as an excuse to radically remake our society.
• The next president will support or oppose a
constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
• The next president will either work to protect the
sanctity of human life, or will promote federal funding
of abortion and embryonic stem-cell research .
• The next Congress will pass a constitutional
amendment protecting marriage – and send it to
the states for ratification -- or it will allow judges to
“legislate” gay marriage from the bench, and impose
their godless morality on us all.
• The next Congress will pass legislation reining
in the judiciary on its distorted interpretation of the
First Amendment, or it will allow judicial activists
to continue the process of banishing God from our
• The next Congress will appropriate funds for
abstinence education or will provide federal funding
for condom distribution to school children and
underwrite sex education curricula which are nothing
less than the facilitation of fornication.
In short, the leaders we elect in November
– including governors and state legislators – will decide
if America continues its descent to a society which
could best be described as Sodom and Gomorrah with
instant messaging and satellite technology, or if our
nation will begin the process of returning to the godly
values on which it was founded, and thus demonstrate
that it is worthy of being saved.
The one factor which will most influence the
outcome of this election – and, by extension, shape
America’s destiny -- is Christian involvement. This
isn’t optional. It is our duty.
In this regard, the Bible is quite clear. Consider
Exodus 18:21 – Select capable men from all the people –
men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest
gain – and appoint them as officials over thousands,
hundreds, fifties and tens.
Also, Proverbs 29:2 – When the godly are in
authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in
power, they groan.
It is up to us to give the authority of government
to godly men and women – individuals who are
trustworthy and hate dishonest gain, those who understand that life is
God-given, officials who are committed to the sanctity of marriage and
know that the family was established on an eternal foundation, those who
understand that America can only endure as one nation under God, and men
and women who – at the end of the day – will humbly bow their heads and
acknowledge God’s sovereignty.
The enemies of faith, family and freedom are making every effort to
ensure the election of those who hate Christian values – those who believe
ending the life of an unborn child is an exercise of choice, who think the
family is any random collection of individuals, and who believe that
take their beliefs into the public arena are a threat to democracy.
It is their intent to marginalize people of faith, by: portraying “us
as right-wing-bigots” (through the media they control), institutionalizing
immorality through unelected judges acting without constitutional
authority, and criminalizing dissent
through hate-crimes legislation written by anti- Christian or ill-informed
If those of us who are called upon to be salt and light refuse to get
involved, those who reject our values will win by default.
We must reject the fallacy that the Church can withdraw from the battle
and our nation will still endure. We must debunk the poisonous myth of so
Church-State Separation -- recognizing that it is a flagrant distortion of
the Constitution designed to undermine Judeo-Christian values.
In short, we must get involved – not as Republicans, Democrats or
Independents, but as sons and daughters of the Living God. To sit back and
do nothing isn’t apathy; it is wickedness.
What Can We Do?
1. If you are a senior pastor of a local congregation, between now
and the election, devote at least one sermon to educating church
members on what’s at stake in this year’s campaigns. This is perfectly
legal, as long as you do not endorse specific candidates. Pastors
can go to www.visionamerica.us and download our Citizenship Manual
(which some state attorneys general now distribute to those making
inquiries). The manual provides a list of dos and don’ts for political
involvement by the Church.
2. Investigate our Patriot Pastor Program (which includes weekly e-mail
alerts) and consider joining us in the great cause of restoring our
nation to its Judeo-Christian heritage
3. As a Christian, educate yourself on where all of the candidates stand
on the great moral questions that confront America today, then
4. Vote accordingly.
For a fuller explanation of what churches and ministers can and can’t
do, see “Guidelines For Political Activities By Churches and Pastors” by
James Bopp, Jr. at www.visionamerica.us.
In closing, I would remind you of the words of the great 19th century
evangelist Charles Finney: “Christians must do their duty to their
country as part of their duty to God…. God will bless or curse this nation
according to the course Christians take in politics.”
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