Doug Giles

Four million evangelicals didn?t vote in the 2000 presidential election.  Great ... way to go Church! Onward Christian soldiers [or should it be backward?].  It?s a scary thought: we almost had Al Gore playing Frankenstein around the White House because a few million folks who should have known better refused to get up from the couch on which they were playing potato, go to the polls and vote.

Why the vacuum at the voting booth in 2000, people of God?

Were you stunned into placidity the Sunday before the last election because of a tedious three point sermon, delivered by a coma-inducing pastor, who left you bereft of hope? Then, reeling from such freshly mainlined pessimism, in your depressed state, you pampered yourself with the Lumberjack Slam at Denny?s which immobilized you with violent flatulence and more material stuff, all the way through election Tuesday.

Or, Christian, was your refusal to register and vote based on the no-duh deduction that politics is dirty business and since it is such a DB you shouldn?t be involved in it.  News flash!  Within the church?s stained glass walls, there are Machiavellian battles, ecclesiastical squabbles and denominational sniping that make Republicans and Democrats look like the Brady Bunch, and Bush and Kerry seem like Paris and Nicole.

Sadly, church can be a very dirty business, sometimes even more political than politics ? but you still go to church, don?t you?  Or have you abandoned God?s house, as well?

Or, is it that you will not vote for a President unless he is Mr. Perfect according    to your pristine, subjective view?  If so, I suggest you do a doe-si-doe out of la-la-land and into reality.  Hey!  It?s the president we?re electing, not an unblemished savior to make atonement for the world?s sins.  That was Christ?s job, and he?s already finished it and hopefully enjoying his retirement.  When you?re vacillating in the valley of decision wondering whether or not you are going to vote, remember: we?re electing a president not a messiah. 

Given the massive role that politics play in creating a place that is good and secure and the privilege/duty we have as American citizens in either promoting or demoting our leaders, it is criminal for the Christian citizen who is 18 or older to sleep through an election as if it were their church?s announcements.

Let?s consider a few questions, Evangeli-fish:

· Do you like not living in terror of terrorists?

· Do you believe Hitler wannabes in other nations should be dethroned?

· Do you want to see the traditional roots of our great American experiment stay firmly in place?

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.