“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” [Henry Johnston, Ed. The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1893, Vol. IV (1794-1826), p. 393.]
For the past couple of decades, I’ve heard many Christians say they just won’t vote if there aren’t
Christians to vote for. My own pastor has said the same thing, that he won’t vote for a non-Christian.
On one hand, I understand their point, but strongly disagree with their choosing not to vote at all for 2 very good reasons.
First, from the first shots fired at the Battles of Lexington and Concord on July 29, 1775, there have been millions of brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives, limbs and mental health to fight for our freedom to vote.
There are millions of people around the world that would cherish the right to vote as we do here in America and yet so many Americans think nothing about not voting.
Samuel Adams wrote about voting penning:
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual—or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” [Harry Alonzo Cushing, Ed, The Original Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4, 1778-1802, “To James Warren, Philadelphia, Feb 12, 1779.] [emphasis mine]
Voting is not just a right, but an obligation and to choose not to vote is to choose to ignore a solemn obligation to God and country.
Secondly, whether there are any Christians to vote for or not, everyone must realize that they also have an obligation to cast their votes to help direct the course of our nation and in today’s America, that course is not a good one.
It is estimated that several million Christians opted not to vote in the past few elections because neither of the candidates appeared to be a true Christian. Had they voted, perhaps America wouldn’t be in the liberal mess it is in.
How many times have you heard someone say that deciding on who to vote for is deciding between the lesser of two evils? My answer to them is that by not voting, you are casting your vote for the worst of the two evils.
I’ve quoted James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, who, when he was a Representative from Ohio, addressed Congress on America’s first centennial celebration in 1876, stated:
“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature… If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
Garfield didn’t say anything about only voting for Christians, but he did say that we, the people, are responsible for the leaders we place in office, which in turn decides the course of our nation.
As the 2018 midterm elections draw near, once again, many Christians are saying they don’t plan on voting, but if they don’t vote, then they are responsible for America becoming a socialist nation. If Democrats regain control of America, surely America will become a socialist nation and it may be all because Christians decided to ignore their obligation and not vote.
Therefore, America’s future clearly rests in the hands of Christians.
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