[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. — John Adams

Christian: Your Vote Counts

November 2, 2012   ·   By   ·   2 Comments

Election sermonsDid you know that in colonial times and long after the birth of our nation, pastors used to preach “election sermons” in preparation for elections? Given the hostility toward Christianity displayed by the political and academic class today, as well as their historical revisionism, that probably surprises you, but it’s true.

The founders of our great nation understood that our liberties and inherent value come from God, not government, and that Christians have not only a right, but a duty to vote (and vote rightly) in elections.

We may not have the best of choices for president this year, but you can still help our nation make the choice between complete evil, and something a little better. There are many other elections out there that are depending on you: US Senate, US House, governorships, legislators, and all manner of other offices and ballot issues.

If you are a Christian and you refuse to vote God’s values on Election Day, you are being derelict in your duty to your Lord. There is no way to sugar coat it, so I hope you will be obedient to God’s call to be salt and light in a dark and decaying world.

A few parting thoughts, from the men of virtue who founded our country:

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual-or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. ” - Samuel Adams

“When a citizen gives his suffrage [vote] to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.” — Noah Webster

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like a fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” — George Washington

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” — Samuel Adams

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — John Quincy Adams

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty – as well as privilege and interest – of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” John Jay, First Supreme Court Chief Justice

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • retiredday

    I also say Amen! Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

    But I imagine most of those who read American Clarion are voters — not the type to sit around and do nothing. So, if you’re preaching to the choir, they should know how important it is to share this message. Tell somebody. Spread the word.

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