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November 7, 2000
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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHRISTIAN VOTE - One Vote Makes A Difference
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With the election only hours away, how important is it that Christians vote? In his most recent column in World Net Daily, Ambassador Alan Keyes summarized it this way: "What should be uppermost in the minds of Christian voters as they go to the polls on Tuesday? What is the real meaning of patriotic responsibility for Christians in the often very worldly business of American politics? Our first call is not an allegiance of party; it is not an allegiance of personal interest; it is not an allegiance to social good. Our first call is our allegiance to God Almighty. And at the expense of all things, we must serve that allegiance -- for that is what Our Lord did and that is what, by His example, we are called to do." Keyes added, "I believe that Christians are called to do whatever they can at the ballot box to advance the cause of a renewed acceptance of God's authority in American life." [ http://www.wnd.com ]
It is reported that none other than Mark Twain, an allegedly notorious skeptic, understood the importance of the Christian vote in his day. In the September 2, 1904, edition of Collier's, Twain wrote: "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."
James M. Hutchens, in his column Dateline: Heaven, said, "If you are a Christian and your view of the world is determined by the Bible, you need to vote for candidates whose record and views are most in keeping with what God says in the Bible, and who has demonstrated the least opposition to the clear intent of Scripture." [ h.tt.p://ww.w.dateline heaven.com/ ] [ h.t.tp://www.cdp.org.au/fed/lamb/column/0408.asp - broke 4/07 ; upd'd 3/06]
The Bible makes it clear that Christian's have a patriotic responsibility. The book of Proverbs states "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." (Prov. 14:34) Jesus himself said in the Sermon on the Mount, "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, how will it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. You are the light of the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. No one lights a lamp an puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lampstand. Then its light sines on everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven." (Matt. 5:13-16)
If one doubts the importance of a single vote, here are some examples from history that testify to the fact that each vote indeed counts.
The year is. . .
1800 - One vote gives Thomas Jefferson the presidency over Aaron Burr.
1839 - One vote wins the Massachusetts governorship for Marcus Morton.
1868 - One vote saves Andrew Johnson's presidency.
1941 - One vote strengthens selective service before World War II.
1960 - One vote per precinct gives JFK the presidency.
1993 - One vote by Al Gore approves the largest tax increase in history.
2000 - One vote, your vote, can make the difference tomorrow, November 7th.
Finally, while the matter of which candidate to choose is between the individual and God, it goes without saying that Christians must cast a vote declaring a moral mandate, a return to godliness, and a biblical standard of righteousness. If there has ever been a time when our nation stands at a moral crossroad, it is now. Christian, your vote IS important. Vote your conscience and convictions; vote your values and beliefs; but most of all Christians. . .VOTE!
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