|"Religion is the only solid Base of morals and that
Morals are the only
possible Support of free governments." June 28, 1792
Governor Morris, co-author of U.S. Constitution, in letter to George Gordon.
This is the 228th year since our declaration of sovereignty ending
with the words "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm
reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to
each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
There are some who will tell you there is a wall of separation between
church and state that should keep what you believe as a Christian from
impacting how you vote in the coming election. If you understand the
basis of this Nation, and genuinely believe the Word of God, how can
you separate how you vote from how you believe?
Secular sources tell us that this election will effect the future
of the Nation for the next 50 years. Religious leaders with an eye to
Biblical prophecy say this election will impact the survival of the
United States. Some have gone so far as to say God warns in the 18th
Chapter of Leviticus among other Bible verses on this subject that
sins defile a nation and the land it occupies. He promises that sin
will cause the land to vomit out its inhabitants.
They view what Christians do at the polls in this election as not only
being decisive concerning who the next President will be, but also
decisive as to whether America will continue to exist as a free nation
. They could be right. After all, God has a vested interest in keeping
His Word. If He did not spare Israel, how could we expect Him to spare us?
What are some of the key issues facing us in this election?
1. Legalized homosexual activity?
2. The future of abortion?
3. The approach to how to handle terrorism threatening the nation?
4. The ability of the United States to make its own decisions concerning
5. Whether we shall have a new generation of judges legislating from the
bench and corrupting society?
Each of these issues and more all have Biblical answers concerning how
they should be addressed. The differences between the two major parties
in the United States are clear-cut as well.
Barna Research has come out with some interesting information this year
that raises the question concerning whether Christians will vote with
the Bible as their guide or not. After studying the statistics, my
analysis was that Caucasians are the least predictable of the ethnic
groups when it comes to whether or not the majority will vote in
accordance with how they claim faith impacts their lives. It is
conceivable that many will vote by Party loyalty rather than through
loyalty to the teachings of Scripture. This factor could be so
significant that it will determine who the next President will be.
The election of 2000 was impacted significantly because a great many
conservative Christians did not vote that year which nearly resulted
in GOP defeat.
When this nation was founded there were clear moral distinctions between
right and wrong. The words men wrote were not sound bytes used in a
campaign but clear expressions of what they genuinely believed. For them
what they did and what they believed was inseparable. For instance
John Adams wrote a month before the signing of the Declaration of
Independence ďIf it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall
require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready, at
the appointed hour of sacrifice, come when the hour may. But while I
do live, let me have a country, and that a free country."
It is the faith based basis of the United States the Islam hates and
the ACLU and other organizations attack.
As the moral certainty of our Founding Fathers was based on
Christianity and the Bible, so uncertainty and moral confusion in our
own day is founded in an abandonment of belief. We have lost the
concept that how we conduct ourselves and the blessings we enjoy as a
Nation are determined by ďthus saith the LordĒ and good originates
from His blessing our response to divine direction. Many times people
vote from a perceived self-interest that is generated by political
manipulators. If this is contrary to Godís teaching in His Word a
strong possibility exists attempting to selfishly save what is claimed
to be threatened might cause its loss. It is important to the good of
all Americans that Christians vote in accordance with what the Bible
teaches about right and wrong.
Vice-President Henry Wilson, who served under President Ulysses Grant
wrote; Men who see not God in our history have surely lost sigh of the
fact that, from the landing of the Mayflower to this hour, the great
men who names are indissolubly associated with the colonization, rise,
and progress of the Republic have born testimony to the vital truths
As late as 1983 Congress declared the year of the Bible. Saying
Whereas that renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through
Holy Scriptures can strengthen us as a nation and a people,
[and since] The Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique
contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and
blessed nation [and because] Deeply held religious convictions
springing from the Holy Scriptures led to the early settlement
of our Nation [and because] Biblical teaching inspired concepts
of civil government and the Constitution of the United States.
Do you think such a resolution could be passed through Congress
today? Could it be the reason is because Christians do not speak
and vote according to the Bible in a holy fear of God who sets up
nations and caused them to fall?
Our Declaration of Independence begins by saying that God creates
and gives men rights, governments being formed to protect and defend
those rights. Few people know that the inspiration that drove the words
as they appeared in the Declaration and in the Gettysburg Address were
actually from the pen of John Wycliff who wrote them in the General
Prologue of his 1384 first Bible ever translated into English.
He said it this way; The Bible is for the Government of the People,
by the People, and for the People. People who hate God and the Bible
often hate this nation as well. A little knowledge reveals this to
be a nation that has a unique connection with the True God. A
connection so strong it is doubtful it can continue to survive
separated from Christian influence.
The well-known skeptic and author Mark Twain once said of Christians:
"It will be conceded that a Christian's first duty is to God. It
then follows, as a matter of course, that it is his duty to carry
his Christian code of morals to the polls and vote them. Whenever
he shall do that, he will not find himself voting for an unclean
man, a dishonest man. If Christians would vote their duty to God
at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease.
Their prodigious power would be quickly realized and recognized,
and afterward there would be no unclean candidates upon any ticket,
and graft would cease. If the Christians of America could be
persuaded to vote God and a clean ticket, it would bring about
a moral revolution that would be incalculably beneficent. It would
save the country."
(Colliers magazine, September 2, 1904)
I think that Mark Twain got it right, that is why I am challenging
you to be a 100% church. A church that goes to the polls and votes
according to what Godís Word says about what is right and what is not.
Christians who know Godís Word and are acquainted with the issues do
not need to be told who to vote for. They know. When Christians seek
first what is right and not what is expedient they can affect the
course of the Nation. They can cause evil men to tremble and
righteous men to rejoice. Our Nation is in need for moral clarity
and as Governor Morris said in 1792 it must come from religion, by
which he meant the Christian religion. And that must be expressed
by the people of God standing for what is right at the polls as
every other day of their lives.
100% Christians in 100% Churches
P. O. Box 752
Buchanan, Georgia 30113