Should A Christian Vote In The Upcoming Presidential Election?
America’s upcoming election this November 6 is not a vote for who will be the next pastor of your local church. The vote is for who is best equipped to lead your country. Though neither choice is ideal, the choice should be obvious …
1. Should a Christian vote in ANY election? Has there EVER been a Bible believing, born again, Spirit-filled, church attending, missions minded candidate who was a viable contender for President in your lifetime? Have you EVER voted before? If so – how did you decide then? If [you] have not voted before – the following points would not apply to you anyway. You can stop the quiz here.
2. Should a Christian have voted in Nazi Germany if they had been given a chance to end Hitler’s regime and the destruction of Germany – even if the alternative candidate was not the most desirable to the Christian community? If there was even the slightest possibility that the Christian vote could have stopped the madness – should the Christian have voted then? What would you think of the Christians who would not vote or who voted for a candidate that would not win?
3. Since it is a fact of history that America was founded upon a Judeo/Christian, Biblical foundation – and since we were blessed with the ability and freedom to elect our own leaders – should a Christian be involved in the process that guarantees their very rights to worship, work, and to share the Gospel with their neighbors and the world?
4. Do you believe the Constitution of The United States ought to be respected and that it reflects the ideals of our founders? America’s constitution, framed by our founding fathers states that there ‘shall be no religious test’ for office of President (because we are not electing a priest, pastor or king). The founders understood that if a man’s religion was not desirable to the individual voter – then the voter should look for the man’s platform for guidance in voting – particularly as it would apply to cherishing and following the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. (BTW – no man’s religion would EVER be acceptable to the majority of voters – EVER.)
5. In this years’ election we now have two candidates from which to select as we cast a vote. One has a platform of abortion, homosexual marriage, disdain for the U.S. Constitution, disdain for America’s military might, disdain for the Defense of Marriage Act, disdain for Israel, and disdain for the capitalistic system that provides work and resources for you and your family, etc. The other one claims a love for the Constitution, pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Israel, pro-military strength, pro-capitalism, etc. Since these are the only viable choices we have this time and since on November 7th ONE of these men will be president – If a Christian is voting for the future of their nation – how should they vote?
6. If you say you are a Christian and will only vote for a Christian for president – one who professes Jesus as Savior and Lord, one who goes to church, one who sings in the choir, one who teaches Sunday School – then…the ONLY two you could have voted for in your lifetime would have been Bill Clinton (sang in the choir and regularly attended Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, AK. – or Jimmy Carter – taught Sunday School for many years in his Baptist Church at Plains, Georgia. That is who YOU would have voted for – how would that have worked out for you … and for America?
7. Interesting note – many evangelicals voted for Allen Keyes - believing that he best represented a strong conservative platform and love for the constitution of America. Yet Dr. Keyes is a strong, and avowed Roman Catholic. Hmmmm. Let me see – Roman Catholics believe that the only way to receive the salvation of Jesus is through the Roman Catholic church and its specific sacraments. They believe that the Pope can supersede the Bible. They believe that salvation is NOT by God’s grace alone (remember the Protestant Reformation?). They believe that prayers to God must go through ‘saints’ or ‘Mary.’ They believe that a priest can absolve sin. Roman Catholics have a deep loyalty to Rome, The Vatican, and the Pope. Funny how ‘righteousness in the voting booth’ shifts with the times, isn’t it?
8. Name this President:
Democrat most of his political career – later switched to the Republican Party.
The ONLY U.S. President to have been divorced.
Baptized into the Disciples of Christ religion (Member of the World Council of Churches).
His wife was reported to have regularly consulted astrologers while in the White House.
He went to a church service only ONCE in his 8 years as president.
Of course – you know who he is…if you are over 50 – you more than likely voted for him. If you are under 50 and conservative – you more than likely revere him as America’s strongest conservative president. If he was running for President today – you would probably vote for him.
9. Imagine with me. You are on a plane. It is in the process of being flown into a mountainside by the current pilot. The flight attendant announces that another pilot is on board. He has much experience piloting airplanes.The potentially new pilot may not meet everyone’s ‘religious standards’ – but he is a proven pilot and promises to at least land the plane safely. Everyone on the plane gets a vote. To your horror – many won’t vote because they don’t like the alternative pilot’s religious views. They said they would just sit in the back of the plane and ‘pray.’ Others said they would rather vote for another passenger, even though he is not a viable ‘candidate.’ The plane crashes into the side of the mountain, killing everyone aboard. Who’s fault was it?
10. Recent Gallup Polls indicate that over 43% of American adults claim to be born again Christians. But the same polls indicate that less than half of those are registered to vote. Of the ones who are registered to vote, less than 50% vote on a regular basis. If 43% of American adults are born again Christians that means that at least 100,000,000 Christians could vote! If 100,000,000 Christians voted we could have ANY candidate we wanted in the White House or in Congress. But we do not. Why? Well – Christians don’t vote…and then we complain about who the candidates are and who the President is – but, who’s fault is it – really?
11. Should a Christian pray about this election? YES! I have been praying for our nation and its leadership as long as I can remember. I also know that ultimately all of the world’s affairs and events are in the hands of the Lord. However, I am aware that I also have a Biblical responsibility to be ‘salt and light’ especially in a nation where I have the freedom to do so. I have a responsibility to put ‘feet’ to my prayers. Faith without works is dead.
12. I am not voting for a man or a party nearly as much as I am voting for a ‘chance’ for our Constitutional Republic to survive. Why? So that the Church can survive in America! So that Christians can continue to live, preach, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. So that I will continue to have the freedom to get on the radio, write in newspapers, and produce videos for the Internet that point people to salvation in Jesus Christ.
Electing a President is just the beginning. We need new congressmen and new federal judges. We need to restore America’s heart to God and to its Biblical foundations. We have a lot of hard work to do, we have a lot of praying to do, and we have a lot of repenting to do. It will be difficult – but not impossible.
But, is your freedom and the future of your family, children and grandchildren worth it? Is your freedom of worship, speech, and the ability to protect yourself worth it? The work, the prayer, the energy, and the effort are worth it to me. That is why I will be voting … and urging others to vote as well.
I am not endorsing a ‘candidate.’ I rarely do. I learned my lesson from Billy Graham who publicly and wholeheartedly endorsed Richard Nixon. We see how that turned out.
You do realize – don’t you…that to not vote, or to ‘write in’ a name, or to vote for a candidate that is not going to win by any reasonable possibility – will guarantee to put the current administration back in office? You do realize then – that your ‘vote of conscience’ will have potentially ruined the future of your children and grandchildren? What will your conscience say to you then?
Certainly you realize that to not vote or to vote for someone who CANNOT win is exactly what the Obama camp is counting upon from the Christian community at large? Who do you think STARTED the ‘A Christian Should Not Vote For Romney’ campaign? I know this: Israel wants Romney. Muslims and the Muslim Brotherhood want Obama. Capitalists want Romney. Socialists and Communists around the world want Obama. Chavez has endorsed Obama. Ahmadinejad has endorsed Obama. Countries and leaders who want a weakened America are endorsing Obama. Given the only two choices we have this time around – the choice is clear…if you want to preserve some semblance of America.
I am not voting for a ‘man.’ I am voting for America. While I am voting for America, using the freedom and the responsibility given to me by God Himself, I am trusting in The Lord. My heart and faith belong to Jesus Christ and Him alone. I will serve Jesus in a free America or in a communist, diminished America. However, I would rather serve the Lord in a free America. I would rather that my children and grandchildren might at least have that same opportunity as well. How about you?” Source – PPSIMMONS.