In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide.
Regard not the particular sect or denomination of
the candidate—look to his character… It is alleged
by men of loose principles, or defective views of the
subject, that religion and morality are not necessary
or important qualifications for political stations. But
the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct
that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God,
able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating
When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known
immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he
sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his
neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.
Citizenship in a free country is a blessing from God. Our great system of self-government assures every Christian a voice in the affairs of the nation, and enables us to bring a heavenly perspective to the earthly realm. God wants us to do His will in government, just as in the church and in the home. But too often we have disobeyed our Lord. We have ceased to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world,” as Christ has commanded us. As a result, the moral fiber of America is rotting away – and our priceless freedom is in grave
jeopardy. Atheism is penetrating every area of our national life. America is faced with the greatest crisis in its history. We are in danger of losing our nation by default, and with it our individual freedoms and possibly our very lives. If that should happen, our opportunity to help fulfill the Great Commission throughout the United States and the world will also be lost. And hundreds of millions will never have an opportunity to receive our Savior. British statesman Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” America is one of the last strongholds of freedom on earth – and citizens who are dedicated to God are the only resource for the preservation of our freedoms, including the freedom to serve Him.
Charles Finney, who helped introduce half a million Americans to Christ, wrote in 1835:
“The time has come that Christians must vote for honest
men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord
will curse them… God cannot sustain this free and
blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the
Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of
religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do
their duty to the country as part of their duty to God…
God will bless or curse this nation according to the course
Christians take in politics.”
His words are no less true for us today. Our nation’s course is up to us.
Mark Twain understood the importance of a Christian’s responsibility as a citizen. He wrote:
“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… If Christians should vote their duty to
God at the polls, they would carry every election,
and do it with ease… it would bring about a moral
revolution that would be incalculably beneficent.
It would save the country.”
With so much at stake in our nation, honestly answer these questions about your role:
- Do I pray faithfully for a spiritual revival to sweep America?
- Am I registered to vote? Do I encourage other Christians to register?
- Am I making a serious effort, along with my Christian friends, to become informed about the candidates and issues?
- Am I actively involved in helping to select and elect godly candidates to office?
- Do I vote in every election for the best candidates, regardless of party?