2014-06-28 A message to America's churches
ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
This is a letter to our friends –
A message to America’s churches
Pastors & Laymen
God ordained civil-governments and established rules for governing them. We are blessed with a Christian, constitutional republic founded upon Christian self-government. America is not “Christian” because it was formed by Christians. America is Christian because it has a Christian form.
For the most part, the primary elections indicate that the sleeping giant is stirring, yet half or more of America’s church goers fail to participate by voting. “Choose you this day, whom you will serve” applies to more than the Lord Jesus. God has placed you in a civil society and has providentially given you the responsibility of electing that society’s leaders.
A political fact of life – The summer months following the primaries represent political doldrums. Candidates for the November ballot are now chosen in most cases. Each of them is hungry to get his message out, but things will not heat up until Labor Day. Then it will be a mad scramble to do what should have been going on all summer!
I believe every American church should be sending a letter to every candidate wanting votes from their members. Invite them to give their card to an usher at the start of any worship service. At the end of the service, invite them forward to introduce themselves and answer a few questions.
Many candidates will self-select by shunning such an invitation out of fear. Others will boldly attempt a phony bluff. A discerning church member will recognize it. The congregation and their friends will be better informed.
There are 16 weekends until election. An enterprising candidate will benefit spiritually and politically by participating in 16 worship services. That should serve to make him a better public servant!
Such a project costs nothing but a trip to the county registrar of voters for a mailing list of candidates and the postage. The return on that investment could be very significant.
I suggest one of the questions that should be asked: “What role do you believe the Bible should play in the decisions you will have to make?”