Yesterday I started talking about the election and how we, as Christians, are failing miserably at being the salt and light God has called us to be. If we refuse to take a stand for righteousness, to cast our vote for the candidate that best fits our Christian values, we are largely responsible for the condition of our nation. We need to realize that we are not going to find a perfect candidate. We need to find the one that fits as closely as possible with the values we believe in.
You may say that you are tired of voting for the lesser of evils. It is so important that we Christians get involved in the primaries. This is where we have good people who are trying to get on the ticket for the national election. Very few of them get anywhere. Most of the people who win the primary do so by only 3 or 4 percentage points. There are very few people who actually vote in the primaries and many of those who don’t complain about the candidate that is chosen.
Yesterday we talked about how we have cowards in the pulpits of our land who are afraid to bring up the political issues of our day to their people. They admit that God’s word does address the issues, but refuse to preach on them out of fear of man. One of the main reasons we have cowards in the pulpit is that they were put there by cowards in the pew.
It seems that some are waking up and realizing that we have made some serious mistakes. Who benefits when we follow the lie that Christians should not be involved in politics? It is the bad guys.
The issues are not really political issues, they are moral issues. The seeker-sensitive church knows that these are unpopular and divisive issues and therefore avoids them.
We need to understand that God’s Word does divide. It is very clear on many of these issues. Sadly many Christians want to live in a grey world, they don’t want to rock the boat. Political correctness rules the day and it is killing our nation.
I want to share some things I think we need to be aware of. Yesterday I covered how many have bought into the lie that it is illegal for pastors to preach on political issues or to tell their congregations who they should vote for. This comes from the Johnson Amendment. I will not repeat what I said yesterday so you can look at yesterday’s post to see what it is all about. The reason the government has never prosecuted anyone under the Johnson Amendment is that they know that it is unconstitutional.
There are pastors who, through the“Alliance Defending Freedom,” are trying to get it before the courts so it can be tested. They are very confident that it will not stand up in a court challenge. There are more than 2,000 pastors who, on Freedom Sunday in October each year, preach on these issues and endorse candidates before their congregations and then send their sermons to the IRS daring them to prosecute.
If you feel this tactic is to much for you, let me give you some other advice from a good lawyer friend of mine. David Gibbs, III, the founder of the National Center for Life and Liberty. His father David Gibbs, II is the founder of the Christian Law Association. I know both of these men fairly well. We were members of the same church for years. David Gibbs, III has a very good suggestion for you. You can preach from the pulpit with out any fear if you present it as God’s standard on the moral issues being dealt with by our politicians and if you show that those on one side are in accordance with the principles of God.
David Gibbs also says don’t use the church dime, and the church time to send out letters to tell the congregation who you suggest as a candidate, or who you endorse. From your own home, on your own letterhead, and on your own time, you can even use the church directory, but it has to be at your own expense, you can publicly give your endorsement of candidates.
If you don’t want to join the “Alliance Defending Freedom” pastors to get this tested in the courts I would encourage you to follow David Gibbs’ suggestion.
The sad reality is that few people in our churches are even registered to vote. You can have voter registration drives in your church. They must be nonpartisan, but you can have them. Pastors can find out how many of their members are registered to vote. The voter records are public information. The tools are available for every pastor to know how many of his church members are registered to vote. You can actually send your church membership list to the Pew Initiative to get the information on how many are registered to vote. The group is very careful not to use the list for any other purpose. They can’t tell who was voted for or which party they are registered with. All they can tell you is if they are registered and in which past elections they have voted in.
Only around 51-52% of the adult members in our churches are actually registered to vote. This means that nearly half of the adult members of our churches are not even registered. This means that when the time comes to vote on the moral issues of the day, only about half of our church members will be capable of voting.
In the last presidential election only 25% of the Christians who are registered to vote actually cast a ballot. This means that the vast majority of those in our churches who are of voting age actually cast a vote. Is it any wonder that Christian values are being trampled under foot in this nation?
In the primary election it is even more shocking. Only about 5% of the eligible voters in the average American church will bother to cast a vote.
We are called to be salt and light in this world. If Christians would get out and vote according to biblical principles we could change this nation. We can’t blame the world for the moral decay in America. The world is only doing what the world does. As Christians we re the guardians of the truth. If we won’t stand up for the truth, we are at fault when it comes to the decline of our nation.
Charles Finney delivered a powerful sermon in New York on December 4, 1873. Wrapping up his sermon entitled “The Decay of Conscience,” Finney concluded,
“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.”