There is a mindset among some people that Christians should not get involved with politics.
Christians (and especially Christian parents) cannot abide by that thought. If their children are to be taught to live by Christian principles and values, then they must also teach them to vote their own personal values – and not that of their friends or teachers.
Why? It was politics that caused the death of Christ on the Cross; however, it was also part of God’s master plan to bring salvation to an evil world. “While they meant it for evil, God meant it for good.”
Christ paid the price, and all we have to do is pick up the “Paid in full” receipt.
Below you will find a few of the many quotes from famous spiritual people who expressed their opinions about the freedoms we currently still enjoy.
On the Matter of Christians and Civic Involvement:
1. “We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” –President Abraham Lincoln, in National Proclamation of Prayer and Repentance, 1863 (President Obama did not endorse National Day of Prayer; but often had Islamic celebrations in the White House.
2. “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.–“Thomas Jefferson
3. “The whole world is asking, “Does America have the moral and spiritual capability to lead the world to freedom at this moment?” They read about our occupation with pleasure, our scramble for material things, and our obsession with sex. They read about our crime rate, about our racial tensions. Too often we give the impression that we make our national decisions not on the basis of moral principle but on the basis of political expediency. Too often we give the impression that our military bases around the world are an effort to save our own skin and not to protect that which is morally right. When the president calls for a day of prayer, very few people pray, very few churches are open for prayer. Yet our religious organizations boast about our membership in the church, our fine organizations, our possibility of church unity, and yet we’re lacking today in spiritual power. Friends, this is what the world is looking for.” –Billy Graham
4. “A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives”. –James Madison
5. We should be grateful to live in a representative democracy where the right to vote and the rule of law is respected. Such has not always been the case, even in our own country, as the history of slavery, women’s suffrage, and the struggle for civil rights indicates. Freedom is ever under assault from without and within. Religious liberty and political responsibility are closely related: If we default on the latter, we may well forfeit the former. Vote! –Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School
6. Ultimately, our loyalty belongs not to any political party or candidate, but to God Almighty.” –Richard Land, ERLC
Our first civic duty is to vote. If you don’t vote, you are abandoning the biblical obligation to be a responsible citizen.
Information gleaned from the iVoteValues. com
Other inspirational quotes of Christian people:
1. “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” C. S. Lewis
2. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C. S. Lewis
3. “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.” Albert Camus
4. “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education” Theodore Roosevelt
5. “It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui”.* Helen Keller * boredom, tedium