Published October 23, 2012
"Finished With God?"
I can't remember anything like this.
I have never seen such an expression of urgency and unanimity among the nation's most respected Christian leaders regarding a presidential election. There is, in fact, an overwhelming concern that the nation, under present leadership, is headed over a moral cliff (not just the "economic cliff" you keep hearing about on the news) with an increasing repression and marginalization of Christian beliefs and long-taught values. Even those who have never before spoken out so directly regarding an election feel compelled to do so this time.
Let me share just some of what I've been seeing from these leaders.
Perhaps the most respected Christian leader of the past six decades has been Rev. Billy Graham. For most of that time he's appeared on Gallup's list of the most admired men and women in the world. He's been known as the "pastor to presidents," having been a counselor to most U. S. Presidents (of both parties) during his long career. Graham, whose 94th birthday will be the day after the November 6th election, recently placed full-page ads in national newspapers, saying,"The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God."
Rev. Graham's son, Franklin Graham, wrote this in Decision Magazine's October issue:"After watching the political conventions of both parties last month, it's clear that America is quickly hurtling down a road toward God's judgment. One party affirms a belief in the sanctity of life. The other party does not. One party supports the traditional, biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman. The other party enthusiastically endorses and promotes same-sex marriage. I will not cannot vote for a candidate, regardless of their political affiliation, who supports same-sex marriage and advocates abortion. God will judge our nation if we continue down this path."
Pastor John Hagee, who some call "America's Pastor," recently said this:"I believe that the upcoming presidential election will be one of the most significant events in American history... They [U. S. citizens] know something is seriously wrong but can't quite define it. The truth is America has been intentionally deceived and is racing toward economic and political destruction. If we don't change paths now, the America we know and love will be lost forever."
Dr. James Dobson, in his Family Talk newsletter, put it this way:"Not only is our nation losing ground politically and economically, it is also in a moral and spiritual free fall. Religious liberty, the foundation of all of our freedoms, is under assault like never before. Millions of Christians are being forced to pay for abortions through their health insurance, even though doing so violates their most deeply held convictions. And federal courts may soon redefine the institution of marriage, which has been the bedrock of civilizations for 5,000 years."
One of America's leading pastors and broadcasters, Dr. David Jeremiah, recently said,"This time, vote your values, your beliefs, your convictions. Over the last years I've traveled, I've been asked this question over and over again: Dr. Jeremiah, do you think God is finished with America?' But that is the wrong question. The right question is, Is America finished with God?' Over these next days as we pray...and vote, we can send a strong message to the watching world that we are still one nation under God."
Recently the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reported that for the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority. Those identifying themselves as such now total just 48 percent of the population. Concurrently, those saying they have no religious affiliation increased to 20 percent an all-time high.
So... What about that question Dr. Jeremiah posed. Is America finished with God?
Make no mistake the November 6th ballot will be a referendum on this question.
PS: Dr. David Jeremiah has prepared an excellent video on these matters which can be viewed online. Click here. I highly recommend it.
PPS: Thank you for the overwhelming show of support from so many of you about last week's "I'm Tired" column. (Use this link if you missed it.) Several pastors said they'd use it to develop their own sermons, and it had to be one of the most passed-along columns I've ever written. Obviously, you're "tired," too. Thanks for your encouragement.
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