Does It Really Matter If Christians Vote? A Pastoral Response – AZ Audit Report

By Jesse T. Jackson -September 23, 2021

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One of the big questions U.S. Christians are faced with every November (especially every four years when Americans elect a new president) is: “Should a Christian vote?”

This question has been especially front of mind in the past decade. From Obama to Trump to Biden, voting booths have been flooded with Christians attempting to make a difference with their vote.

ChurchLeaders recently interviewed Paul Isaacs, vice president of national outreach for My Faith Votes, to get his thoughts on why voting as a Christian in America matters. My Faith Votes is a “non-partisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth.” The organization calls on Christians to “Pray, Think and Vote” to protect four core pillars of faith, which it names as “religious freedom, the sanctity of life, strong families and marriages, and compassion and support for those in need.” My Faith Votes says it aims to reach Christians to “stand boldly for these values in every election and in every community and city across our nation.”

Isaacs is a graduate of Bob Jones University and has served as a local church pastor, college minister and director of collegiate recruiting for The Navigators. He’s also the president of Save the Storks, a pro-life organization. He has served alongside prominent Christians such as Kirk CameronMatt Hammitt (former Sanctus Real lead singer), and Museum of the Bible founder Steve Green.

ChurchLeaders: Why does it matter for a Christian in America to vote? 

Isaacs: As a Christian, I think one of the best ways to come to a reasonable answer is to look at what the Bible says. At this point, you may think, “The Bible never commands or instructs us to vote.” But let’s start with another question before answering the one being asked. Is voting a good thing? I think the entire world would agree that the power to have a say in the direction of their local, state and national government is a blessing. Voting is a gift. It is a peaceful way for Christians to promote Kingdom values that are good for all, even those who are not Christians. People from all over the world have come to the United States because of opportunities and freedoms that living here affords, and those opportunities exist because the people have the power over the government through the vehicle of the ballot box. But I’ll go even deeper than that in my explanation. If Christians don’t vote with a Biblical worldview, then who is voting, what worldview is being promoted, and what policies are being enacted as a result?

I believe that, as a Christian, [voting] is important for two overarching reasons.

First, it demonstrates love for your neighbor. Jesus told us in Matthew 22 the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Using our voice and our vote as Christians to influence the political landscape of our country is one way we can show love to our neighbor (Galatians 6:10).

Second, Christians must bring the influence of faith into all aspects of life. James 2:26 says, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” As we act on our faith, living out biblical principles in every area of our lives, we become a source for good in our communities and our nation. The purpose of voting is not to advance one political party’s ideology; the objective is to use our vote to advance biblical truth for the good of our communities (Jeremiah 29:7).

I conclude my answer by addressing the often-used and somewhat trendy argument that goes something like this: “You can’t legislate morality.” A simple response to that is this: Someone’s morality is being legislated. The question is ‘whose?’ How can freedom survive without moral restraints? Look at nations in the world where women are subjugated and abused. There are countries where it is acceptable to sell children for sex. Read the history of recent Europe and look at what happened when Christians did not stand against injustice and tyranny? By that I mean Germany in the 1930’s and the unwillingness of the Church in Germany to speak out against Hitler. Bonhoeffer seemed to be the lone voice “crying in the wilderness,” but there was no opportunity to vote then. I’ll say it again: voting is a gift. It is a good thing.

“Churches do not have to endorse candidates or political parties (God doesn’t ride on the backs of elephants or donkeys), but the church must have a voice at the voting booth to stand for biblical values.”

As Americans, we are allowed the unique opportunity to influence our laws. If we, as Christians, begin to remove ourselves from politics, this opens the door for moral decay and culture shift, inevitably changing the direction of a government that honors God.

And so, as promised earlier in my response, we go to the Bible in James 4:17 and read, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” That is sobering.

ChurchLeaders: How would you reassure Christians who question whether it’s worth it to vote? 

Isaacs: I can tell you this: It has never been about how many votes a candidate gets to win an election. It’s always been about who counts the ballots. The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitfully wicked. As Americans living in a fallen world, we will always be forced to guard the integrity of elections and that is not a partisan statement. It simply doesn’t matter who is in the majority. Power corrupts and the temptation to get it or hold on to it causes many people to do things that compromise election integrity.

With that said, there are many people working on the security and integrity of elections. We are doing our due diligence at My Faith Votes. You can check out what we are doing right now at http://www.electionintegritynow.org.

As we work to safeguard the integrity of elections, let’s make every effort to pray for every vote to be accounted for honestly. I believe the enemy, Satan, wants to discourage God’s people in this area, but Paul tells us to not grow weary in doing good (voting is included in that) because we will reap a harvest if we do not faint.

ChurchLeaders: What is National Voter Registration Sunday? 

Isaacs: National Voter Registration Sunday is about encouraging Christians to bring the solutions of their faith into the ballot box. Registration is the critical first step in the voting process. We want to challenge every church in America to hold at least one voter registration drive each year, whether that’s in person, online, or both. By hosting a Voter Registration Drive at your church, you can help people register to vote, request an absentee ballot, access voting information, and receive election reminders so that they never miss a single election.

The goal of each Voter Registration Drive is to equip and resource your church to increase voter turnout. Why? Because our faith has something essential to contribute to the issues in our communities and in our nation.

National Voter Registration Sunday is September 26, 2021; more information can be found here.

ChurchLeaders: Explain whether you believe churches should be engaged in politics. 

Isaacs: Churches are already involved, whether they admit it or not. What do I mean by that? The word “politics” in Greek means “affairs of the city.” Should a church be part of the affairs of the city in which it meets? Should a church feed the poor? Should a church seek to have a voice in the arts, media, education, family, but abandon other spheres of influence like government and the economy? If the church does abandon it, who or what are we abandoning it to? If God cares about the people in the farming communities, the cities, the states, and nation states, why would we avoid being salt and light as residents of these places?

Our founders believed that our nation must be influenced by those who practice solid faith. One of the founding fathers of the United States, Patrick Henry, is quoted as saying “The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.” Churches do not have to endorse candidates or political parties (God doesn’t ride on the backs of elephants or donkeys), but the church must have a voice at the voting booth to stand for biblical values.

As to issues of justice, the church is political, whether it speaks or doesn’t. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Bonhoeffer, understood that the true Church does not have the option of avoiding the “affairs of the city.” If Christians choose silence, it does not absolve them of responsibility.

Perhaps even more poignant is what the late Francis Shaeffer said when he boldly stated, “Every abortion clinic should have a sign in front of it saying, ‘Open by the permission of the church.’ ” Do we bristle at that thought? Perhaps that statement makes us uncomfortable, but it gets at the heart of the question. Should Christians be involved in the affairs of the city? Is abortion an affair of the city? I think it is. Is educating the next generation an affair of the city? I think it is. Should the church concern itself with this injustice, economic issues, and the moral issues of the day? I’ll let you decide how to answer that. I truly hope my point is clear.

ChurchLeaders: How can the church encourage non-voters to register on National Voter Registration Sunday? 

Isaacs: I think we should not try to convince people. I think we should take the posture of serving our pastor and the church. Jesus said in Mark 10:45 that He didn’t come to be served, but to serve. It’s natural to be passionate about our responsibility to vote as Christians, but the thing that will stop it dead in its tracks is a posture of aggression, shaming, or condemnation.

The other thing that will go a long way to seeing this come to fruition is to prepare well for the meeting with your leaders. At My Faith Votes, we have put together a helpful guide that will prepare you with a plan for the event, a free toolkit with materials, resources and videos for the promotion, and information about options for your church registration. Those two things — a servant’s posture and sound preparation — will be beneficial as you seek to serve your local church in this way.

Paul thank you so much for your time and giving us at ChurchLeaders a biblical pathway into why we as Christians should find it important to vote.

Please check out My Faith Votes for more information regarding National Voter Registration Sunday here.

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Abortion and the One Issue Voter

by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min.

The issue of abortion has barely come up in the debates of Election 2020. But for many of us, it is still the issue that matters most.

I am a one issue voter, without apology, and that issue is abortion. I’m against it. If a politician thinks it is acceptable—whatever the rhetoric—to deliberately kill a living, developing human being in the womb, that politician is wrong. And he or she will never have my vote.

The issue of life is so basic. It is even the first Creator-given right listed in our nation’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence. Without life, how can there be liberty or the pursuit of happiness or the right to property? Or any other right?

Those politicians who get the issue of life wrong tend to get just about everything else wrong.

With the window to the womb that science provides today, the emperor has no clothes when they say that a baby is not being killed.

Remember the case of Abby Johnson, manager of a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic and “Employee of the Year,” who resigned her lucrative position when she saw a sonogram of an abortion in her own clinic? She suddenly realized that this was not a clump of tissue being cleansed away. This was a tiny little human being in the making, fighting a losing battle against a high-power suction machine. Her book (with Cindy Lambert), Unplanned, chronicles all this.

In this election, there has arisen a group that claims to be “evangelical” and “pro-life” that in reality supports pro-abortion politicians. Who are they fooling? What they claim is that the “pro-life” position goes beyond simply the issue of abortion to such issues as “climate change.” All they do is to attempt to dilute the phrase “pro-life” so that it loses its real meaning: opposition to abortion.

For example, they claim that being “pro-life” means being against racism, which they inconsistently argue somehow necessitates voting for pro-abortion candidates. Imagine that—fighting racism by supporting Black genocide. The fact is, abortion kills almost 30 percent of Black children in the womb—and more than half of them in New York City.

It is well documented that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, was a racist.

On December 10, 1939, in a letter to her board member, Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, Sanger wrote, “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”

Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., told me in a television interview: “During her lifetime Dr. Margaret Sanger said ‘colored’ people are like weeds and they need to be exterminated.” No wonder that the vast majority of Planned Parenthood facilities—to this day—are in the minority neighborhoods.

Former vice president Joe Biden used to be “moderately pro-choice.” But now he’s shifted to the position of accepting abortion up to the moment of birth. And he believes we the taxpayers should fund it. His running mate is fiercely pro-abortion. As attorney general of California, Kamala Harris prosecuted and persecuted David Daleiden, the pro-life whistle-blower who made “60 Minutes”-style undercover videos, documenting that abortionists were trafficking in baby body parts for profit.

In contrast, President Trump has been described by Steven Ertelt, editor of Lifenews.com, as “the most pro-life president in history.”

Since a president chooses judges and the senate confirms or rejects them, abortion is definitely on the ballot in Election 2020 [including the Georgia runoff elections in January]. And there is stark contrast between where the parties stand on this life-and-death issue.

At D. James Kennedy Ministries, we provide a simple party platform comparison on a variety of key issues. Here’s the comparison on the issue of life:

•Republicans: “We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.”

•“Democrats believe that every woman should be able to access high-quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.”

•The Word of God: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

We hear endlessly about evils from Americans in times past—especially slavery. I firmly believe that future generations will look back at us and see the rampant practice of abortion, and they will judge us for the slaughter of millions of unborn babies—even more deplorable in light of the window to the womb we have through modern technology.

Christians need to vote our values, and the issue of life is the most important of these.

Thomas Jefferson said that he trembled when he considered that God is just and that His justice cannot slumber forever. No, indeed it won’t.

https://www.djameskennedy.org/article-detail/abortion-and-the-one-issue-voter

Republicans ‘significantly higher’ on Bible engagement than Democrats, independents: study

By Brandon Showalter, CP Reporter

The vast majority of Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, support the preservation of single-sex spaces and women’s sports as female-only, a new survey has found. 

The poll, which was conducted by Spry Strategies on behalf of Women’s Liberation Front, found that a majority of likely voters in the 2020 election object to “gender identity” policies, including the Equality Act, which passed in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives last year.

The proposed federal bill is an update to the 1964 Civil Rights Act — considered by many to be the legislative legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. — that would redefine sex to include self-declared gender and thus remove distinctly sex-based protections in spaces such as prisons, shelters, and athletics.

Sampled nationally from all 50 states, the 3,500 likely voters were comprised of different races, ethnicities, and political affiliations. The poll results found that black and Hispanic voters approve of such things as single-sex prisons and homeless shelters, at a higher rate than whites. 

In response to the question: “Do you think men who are sex offenders or domestic abusers should be allowed to serve their sentences in women’s prisons,” 66.93% of those polled strongly disagreed. An additional 10.44% said they merely disagreed.

Regarding transgender-identifying males being allowed to compete in girls’ and women’s sports, nearly 67% of respondents indicated that they either disagreed or strongly disagreed with it.

Just under 60% of likely voters opposed allowing males to enter women’s restrooms and changing facilities.

The survey also asked whether children younger than 18 who identify as transgender should be allowed to undergo medicalized gender-transition such as taking hormones that cause sterility or cosmetic gender surgeries to appear as the opposite sex.

Two-thirds of respondents disapproved, most of them strongly.

“The poll also revealed that … the wealthiest Americans (those with household incomes over $150,000) are the most likely to support these policies which are largely unpopular with middle-class voters,” WoLF noted in a summation about the survey on its website.

“These results indicate that those most likely to actually be impacted by gender identity policies (poor or working-class families and people of color) are more likely to oppose them.”

Those sampled from May 1, 2018, to Oct. 20, 2020, said they had voted in at least two of the last four election cycles or were newly registered voters. The data was modeled after the 2016 General Election voter turnout, which is the anticipated model for the 2020 cycle.

The latest poll is commensurate with similar findings released in September in which likely voters were surveyed in Idaho, a conservative state that adopted a bill banning trans-identified males from competing in women’s sports, and California, a progressive state.

The Spry Strategies poll, conducted in conjunction with WoLF, showed that opposition to males in girls’ sports had significant cross-partisan backing.

Some 79% of likely voters in Idaho, and 74% of likely voters in California, agreed that boys and men, regardless of how they identify, ought not to be permitted to participate in female-only sporting competitions, the survey found.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/over-60-of-likely-voters-oppose-gender-transition-for-kids.html


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AUDIO The Ant and the Grasshopper, Modern Version

Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
1  Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

George Bernard Shaw said, “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

Dan 2:20-21 “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. And it is He who changes the times and the epochs. He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding.” (NASB)

God gives us good government when we deserve it, and He gives us bad government when we deserve that. Ultimately, He gives us what we demand. He gives us what we think we want, as seen in the story about Israel demanding a king in 1 Samuel 8:4-22.

I found a classic illustration that was written over 25 years ago using Aesop’s story of the Ant and the Grasshopper.  I have updated it for our current times and thought it appropriate to use during this election period.  The only thing I claim credit for is adding up-to-date names.  

The Ant and the Grasshopper – Modern Version.

THE CLASSIC VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

THE MODERN VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.  The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America and the world is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be that, in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Then a representative of the NAAGB (National Association of Green Bugs) shows up on Nightline and charges the ant with “green bias”, and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of “Greenism.”

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when he sings “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make a special guest appearance on the CBS Evening News to tell a concerned David Muir that they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the Trump summers, or as Biden refers to it, the “Temperatures of the 2020’s.”

Chuck Schumer exclaims in an interview with Norah O’Donnell that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his “fair share.”  Finally, the EEOC drafts the “Economic Equity and Anti-Greenism Act”. Retroactive to the beginning of the summer, the ant was fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he’s in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him since he doesn’t know how to maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. And on the TV, which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant’s food, they are showing Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez standing before a wildly applauding group of compatriots announcing that a new era of “fairness” has dawned in America.

We who are voting about our Nation’s future need to spend time in prayer seeking God’s Guidance as to how to vote.  A lot is riding on the outcome of this election.  You need to take seriously how you think God would have you vote. Some have called this the most important election of our lifetime.

Voting is a privilege that we Americans have and we shouldn’t take it for granted.  We thank God and all the heroes that have sacrificed and shed their blood and laid down their lives to insure our freedom to vote and express our opinions at the polls.  Don’t let what has been handed to us through the price our Patriots have paid be wasted!  Exercise your right to vote while you still have that right.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

WE WILL EITHER HAVE THE GOVERNMENT WE WANT OR THE GOVERNMENT WE DESERVE! 

THE ONLY WAY WE CAN ASSURE THAT GOD WILL BLESS AMERICA IS IF AMERICA TURNS BACK TO GOD!

I’m not telling you how to vote, but I am asking you to seek God’s guidance in exercising that right and vote accordingly! 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

There is certainly a need for God to heal our land today and bring us back to being THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


PODCAST: THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER, MODERN VERSION

https://www.buzzsprout.com/824359/6043966


VIDEO Freedom Sunday, A Call To Action

“The Church is more than essential. It’s time to choose faith over fear. It’s time to honor God over man. It’s time for a Court that will honor and uphold our First Freedom. It’s time for Freedom Sunday,” says FRC’s Tony Perkins.

Chino, CA — On Sunday, October 11, at 8:00 PM ET, Family Research President Tony Perkins will join Pastor Jack Hibbs in hosting Freedom Sunday, an in-person church service at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, CA that will be live streamed to churches and homes across the country. Freedom Sunday is a call for the resumption of in-person church services in obedience to Scripture (Hebrews 10:25) and a freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. Across the nation, many state and local government officials continue to take unconstitutional steps to restrict worship services even as they’ve allowed the reopening of casinos, tattoo parlors, abortion centers, liquor stores, and most all other businesses.

Freedom Sunday will feature many pastors who have challenged the overreach of government authorities. The 90 minute event will feature a variety of speakers including Pastor Garry Leist, Pastor Che Ahn, Pastor Rob McCoy, Pastor Cristian Ionescu, Pastor Brian Hermsmeier, Pastor Amado Huizar, Dr. John MacArthur, Dr. Albert Mohler, Eric Metaxas, FRC Executive Vice President General Jerry Boykin, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), FRC Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell, Larry Taunton, Dr. Carol Swain, Virginia Prodan, FRC Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Human Coalition Action Dean Nelson, and Dr. Wayne Grudem.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

“The Church is more than essential — it’s God ordained. It’s time to choose faith over fear. It’s time to honor God over man. It’s time for a Court that will honor and uphold our First Freedom. It’s time for Freedom Sunday.

“Government officials continued to take unconstitutional steps to restrict churches from worshipping, unfairly silence them, and hold them to a different — and even discriminatory — standard. Does it make sense to reopen casinos, tattoo parlors, abortion centers, and liquor stores while keeping houses of worship closed? Scripture instructs Christians to honor the government — unless it oversteps its authority. With government officials exceeding their constitutional authority, we are left with the clear command in Hebrews 10:25 that believers should be ‘not neglecting to meet together.’

“Christians may be tempted to fear the consequences of meeting, whether of Covid-19 or government penalties. Churches can and should use proper health and safety measures in their services, both as a matter of prudence and out of love for one another. But Christians should not act out of fear. Jesus Christ himself commanded, ‘do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell’ (Matthew 10:28). And so we must stand up and say with the Apostle Peter, ‘We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 4:29). The time is now,” concluded Perkins.

To participate in Freedom Sunday October 25, 2020 and for more information, visit www.freedomsunday2020.com

https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=PR20J01


Freedom Sunday with Tony Perkins


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