By Debbie Leininger, staff writer
I recently received a response from an e-mail I had sent extolling the virtues of a political candidate. It read, “I do not want to hear anything about any of the candidates, Republican or Democrat. This is far too early for me, regardless of what you might think. They all have jobs, and they are running around all over when our Nation is facing potential ruin. When the time comes, I will listen to whoever is left and determine for myself which one I wish to vote for – if I decide to vote.”
The response was from a person who keeps up with the news, is active in church, and earnestly prays for America. The message is the epitome of the millions of Christians who choose not to vote in primary and general elections.
Politics has become a dirty word in Christian circles. The myth that church and politics do not mix has taken hold as a “sacred truth,” when in actuality it is a philosophy birthed in the pit of hell. The enemy knows the very people who make a nation’s rules and regulations are the ones who will determine the ‘lawful good and evil’ in a nation. Unfortunately the spirit of apathy has infiltrated many who believe in the Biblical foundations of the United States Constitution and has rendered them useless in the cause of freedom.
It has been said that the Word of God is held back, not by the evil and the wicked, but by those who think of themselves as good but refuse to become involved. Jesus says, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15
Christians are called to be a light on a hill, a candle that shines its light for all to see. We are to shine the light of truth into all segments of society including politics. When Christians take part in the political process, righteous leaders will be elected and laws of liberty will be enacted. Without representation of godly men and women in the seats of government, great darkness will fall upon this nation.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States said, “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States said, “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”
On Election Day Christians should ask themselves, “What kind of America will I deliver to my children and great-grandchildren? They have a constitutional and moral duty to vote in primary and general elections. To not vote leaves the decision to those who may not have the best interest of America.
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