Reprinted with permission from E.W. Jackson.
One of the fundamental rules of politics is that the only poll that matters is the one taken on Election Day. We learned that in the most recent Iowa caucuses. Polls showed Donald Trump ahead by five points. He lost by four. That is a nine point swing – way off. Polls may reflect the sentiments of voters, but they do not tell you which candidate is going to get supporters to the voting place.
Evangelical Christians are disgusted with the policies of the Obama administration, but will that disgust help elect a president who will take us in a different direction? They are passionately pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. They are also the people most likely to want to cut government spending, address the national debt, reduce government regulations, cut taxes and protect our Second Amendment rights. In other words, Bible believing Christians are the most reliably and consistently conservative voters in the Reagan coalition, on all issues. Yet none of that matters if they don’t vote.
In the last presidential election, sixty-five million evangelicals stayed home, giving Obama a second term to continue his fundamental transformation of the United States of America. They were lukewarm about Romney 2012 as they were about McCain four years earlier. Without an effective get-out-the-vote (GOTV) strategy for churches that transcends the enthusiasm factor, Republicans will lose the upcoming presidential election.
Democrats operate like a big city political machine, paying for votes in the inner city and using fear to motivate the black vote. In every presidential election they tell black voters that Republicans are going to return them to slavery or take away their voting rights. They will say and do anything – including telling outrageous lies and spewing Marxist propaganda – to get their people out to vote. Buses will be sent to pick them up from nursing homes and elderly housing. They will spread “walking around” money to “motivate” them. When they get them to the polls, they order them to vote a straight Democrat ticket. Nice people.
It is not necessary to replicate these racist and illegal antics, but it is absolutely necessary that a strong get-out-the-vote strategy is adopted, especially in conservative evangelical churches.
First, each pastor needs to make sure that every member of the church is registered to vote. Churches should hold two voter registration months each year – one for primaries and one for the general election. The Pastor should preach a sermon in each of these months to explain that in a free society where you get to choose your political leaders, not voting is a sin. In most countries throughout the world, citizens have no say over who leads them. American Christians must be taught that it is a blessing from God to be a citizen of this Constitutional Republic, where our rights are protected and we choose our representatives.
Second, a permanent Voter Registration Coordinator should be appointed in every church to make sure that 100% of those eligible to vote are registered. Free software is available to check on the voter registration of each member.
Third, churches should include citizenship in Sunday School curriculum to teach congregants that Christians have a responsibility to God to vote their biblical principles, not race or party. Many Christians, and not just black Americans, voted for Barack Obama, and he has turned out to be the quintessential anti-Christian President. Christians in America have paid a terrible price during his presidency, not to mention the tens of thousands of persecuted and murdered Christians in the Middle East and Africa that he has ignored.
Fourth, every member should be asked to sign a pledge to vote and include in that pledge a plan for when, where and how they are getting to the polls. For those people who need help getting to the voting booth, the church should organize to be sure they get there. It is perfectly legal for Churches to use their buses to transport people to the polls, and they should do so.
Finally, there must be follow-up after an election. The church should recognize and celebrate those who voted. It is important to make voting a big deal in the lives of Christians.
The left is dragging America into a Godless, amoral abyss. Unless evangelicals awaken to their civic responsibility, there will be no climbing out. Barack Obama has cast a foreboding shadow over this nation in every way – culturally, economically and racially. Saving America will require that those who love God love the Constitution, and love America enough to take a stand in the voting booth. This presidential election could be the last opportunity to stop the fundamental transformation of America and begin to restore the fundamental values of our country. It is up to Pastors and churches across America to make sure we fulfill the vision of “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
About the author/contributor: E.W. Jackson was born in Chester, PA, near Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, he joined the Maine Corps, and was honorably discharged after three years of service. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and from Harvard Law School.
While in law school, he studied at Harvard Divinity School, was ordained in 1979 and consecrated a Bishop in 1998. He practiced small business, criminal and civil law for fifteen years in Boston. In 1997 Bishop Jackson retired from the practice of law to devote full time to ministry.
He is the founder and Senior Pastor of THE CALLED Church, founder of the Chesapeake Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast and Founder and President of Stand Foundation – Staying True to America’s National Destiny – a nonprofit organization committed to bringing citizens together across racial and cultural lines to restore America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and values. He is the National President of MINISTERS TAKING A STAND, a national organization of Pastors and Christian leaders addressing the moral and spiritual issues of our time. He also founded YOUTH WITH A DESTINY, helping give youth a sense of vision and purpose for their lives.
He is the author of the book, Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life. His articles have been published in the Washington Times, American Thinker and many other publications. He has appeared on FOX, ABC, PBS, CNN and MSNBC.
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