The Sunday Message

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election. -Bill Vaughan

If I were a pastor or reverend or some sort of leader in a church, this Sunday I would talk about voting because Tuesday is Election Day 2014.

I would talk about countries where people don’t get to vote. I would ensure my congregation knew how fortunate they are to live in freedom.

Of course, I would not tell people which candidate to vote for, but I would urge them to pray about the candidates and/or issues and vote for the candidate or issue that is best for them.

I would also ensure that my congregation understands that Christians can be Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, etc., because one political party does not have the only direct line to God.

I remember back in the mid 1990s when the group called the Christian Coalition was probably the strongest. I agreed with a lot they were doing and they were a force to deal with for a few years. They have not been a force in politics for several years (that I have noticed).

It seems over the years religious people can’t seem to come together to become a force in politics. Just imagine if Catholics, Baptists, Evangelicals, Mormons, etc., joined together to elect people.

I know it won’t ever happen because in politics just like in church, we can’t agree on much.

Choose for each of your tribes individuals who are wise, discerning, and reputable to be your leaders.Deuteronomy 1:13 (NRSV)