Energizing Evangeli-fish to Vote

Doug Giles

9/11/2004 12:00:00 AM - 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?

· Do you wish to continue worshiping whom you want, when you want and where you want?

· Do you prefer to be governed by the rule of law, or by loopy leftist runaway judges?

· Do you believe marriage should continue to be defined as between man and woman?  Or are Mr. Brad and his wife Mr. Chad, cool with you?

· Do you want America to be UN-free?

· Do you wish to keep your hard-earned cash or do you prefer having the government tax you more than your little sister did making you sit through her first clarinet recital?

· Do you think affirmative action should entail an alarm clock?

· Do you believe an unborn baby should have more rights than a convicted murderer ? or an unborn whooping crane?

· Do you think first degree murderers should actually be executed, or allowed to watch Jerry Springer on cable TV in their air-conditioned cells, during the next 20 years of pointless appeals?

· Do you want to be able to purchase firearms for hunting and protective purposes?  And ?

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Christian, if you said yes -- or no, for that matter -- to some or all of the above, then make sure you?re not busy going to a Christian rock concert, or the single mingle night at your local Take a 100 Year Nap Community Church on November 2nd.   Make sure you?re registered and ready to vote that day.

My ClashPoint is this: evangelicals from Martin Luther to Francis Schaeffer have been the society-driving force for good with whom the cultural degenerates had to reckon.  Unfortunately, there has been a significant retreat from following the examples of the standard-bearing, hard-working spiritual forbears by today?s evangelicals.  The result is that what once was a societal force has become a marginalized farce. 

If we are going to see change come to our nation and if righteousness is to exalt and protect this land once again, the Evangeli-fish among us need somehow to develop spines.  The non-whining, non-whimpering, non-wussy Christian faced with ecclesiastical or political corruption doesn?t bail out of these God-ordained institutes.  Instead, he and she pray, labor, reform and speak out, as they seek to bring forth righteousness and righteous leaders ? and kick, via their voices and votes, the lawless skanks to the curb.

Do you respect someone who says he believes in something and yet stands for nothing?  Not I.  If we?re going to be true followers of Christ, we cannot avoid the biblical injunction to labor for a safe and good place which at least somewhat resembles what God wants and likes.  And that entails at least minimal political involvement within the land in which we dwell. 

This is the third anniversary of the greatest challenge our nation, under God, has ever faced.  For your sake, for your kid?s sake, for God?s sake: this November 2nd pry yourself up from your duct-taped Lazy-Boy steel beam reinforced recliner and vote!