Chuck Colson
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The reason evangelicals and conservative Catholics voted for Bush, I believe, is because they know he shares many the values of middle America . Thomas Friedman bemoaned in the New York Times Thursday morning when he said, ?I woke up and realized that these people want a different kind of America.? Well, he?s right. We want an America that respects moral truth and moral values, and we reject the social chaos that results from postmodern relativism.

But I am tired of reading articles about evangelicals voting for Bush because they want to ?get something? from him, and I disassociate myself from anyone who says, ?Now we voted for you, it?s payback time. Give us our due.? That?s what special interest groups do, and we?re not a special interest group. We vote our conscious and what we believe is in the best general interest: That?s called common grace. We are looking for the godliest leader we can find, who also is able?as Jethro advised Moses.

I hope evangelicals will not allow the press to caricature us. They would love to paint us as special pleaders who are in Bush?s pocket, or Bush is in our pocket. Then they can stereotype us as theocrats and bash us mercilessly, as the New York Times did in several columns this week. Remember, our allegiance is to the kingdom  of God. The Church is not another special interest group beholden to anyone?s political agenda. To act that way demeans the Church and the Lord of the Church.

We should take advantage of this time when all the attention is on us?not to be playing politics, but to use it as a window of opportunity to stand for and promote moral truth and selflessly serve society, living out the Gospel in every area of life. The payback we want is not man?s power, but God?s favor.


For further reading and information:

Read President Bush?s reelection acceptance speech .

?Bush Speaks to the United Nations General Assembly ,? White House Office of the Press Secretary, 21 September 2004 .

Alan Cooperman and Thomas B. Edsall, ? Evangelicals say they led the charge for GOP ,? MSNBC, 7 November 2004 .

Alison Bethel and Joel Kurth, ? Christian bloc demands say on social policy ,? Detroit News, 7 November 2004 .

Jeffrey Weiss, ? Political spectrum spreads to extremes over cultural issues ,? Dallas Morning News, 6 November 2004 .

Alan Elsner, ? Christians See Court Appointments as Top Bush Aim ,? Reuters, 5 November 2004 .

Thomas L. Friedman, ? Two Nations Under God ,? New York Times, 4 November 2004 . (Free registration required.)

?The Evangelical Vote and the Election ,? NPR, 6 November 2004 .

David Klinghoffer, ? What We Bush Voters Share: In God We Trust ,? Los Angeles Times, 8 November 2004 .

Demian Bulwa, ? A church?s role in GOP win ,? San Francisco Chronicle, 8 November 2004 .

Alan J. Borsuk and Nahal Toosi, ? Focus on values drove many Bush voters, polls find ,? MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel, 3 November 2004 .

DeWayne Wickham, ? Bush faces keen pressure to reward faithful ,? USA Today, 7 November 2004 .

Allison Kennedy, ? Moral support ,? Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 8 November 2004 .

Jim Davenport, ? Bush picks up black voters in S.C. ,? Charlotte Observer, 8 November 2004 .

Jim Remsen, ? Social issues aside, evangelicals described as a diverse group ,? Myrtle Beach Online, 8 November 2004 .

BreakPoint Commentary No. 040106, ? At the Foot of the Cross: A Story You Haven?t Heard .?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 031103, ? Mankind Is Our Business: Christians and Human Rights .?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 041104, ? Don?t Stop Now: ?Value Voters? and the Future .?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 041103, ? Now That We?ve Voted: Elections and the Kingdom of God .?

Charles Colson with Anne Morse, ? Reclaiming Occupied Territory ,? Christianity Today, August 2004. (Reprinted at BreakPoint Online.)

Call 1-877-322-5527 to request the BreakPoint CD ? Setting Your Moral Compass ,? in which BreakPoint addresses the key moral issues of our day (suggested donation $20).

Lawrence F. Kaplan, ? Polls Apart ,? New Republic, 8 November 2004 .

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Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
 
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