Presentation on theme: "Calling Christians to the Voting Booth"— Presentation transcript:
1 Calling Christians to the Voting Booth A Call To ActionCalling Christians to the Voting BoothNovember 2014
2 Three Institutions Established by God The FamilyThe ChurchCivil GovernmentGod is the authority over each of these Institutions and His Word provides earthly authority structure for their proper operation.
3 Three Institutions Established by God The Family(Genesis 18:19 KJV)For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
4 Three Institutions Established by God The Church(Matthew 16:18 KJV)And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Titus 1:5 (KJV) For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
5 As a result, our government has become increasingly godless. Three InstitutionsEstablished by GodCivil Government(Romans 13:3-4 KJV) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.We have been instructed from God’s Word regarding family and church, but most have received very little instruction regarding God’s will for civil government.As a result, our government has become increasingly godless.
6 Separation of Church and State Really? At the time of the Founders, it was a common practice for ministers to preach "Election Sermons," and it was very common for a clergyman to be invited to give a sermon before the newly-elected government officials. This 1790 election sermon by Rev. Daniel Foster was given before the Massachusetts Governor (John Hancock), Lieutenant-Governor (Samuel Adams), and both houses of Legislature. Rev. Foster admonished these elected officials using Proverbs 8:16 (By Me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth), and encouraged them to govern according to God's ways.There was no “separation of church and state” as we hear of it today. The phrase “separation of church and state is found nowhere in any of the founding documents. Christians and Christianity were integrated into the fabric of the nation. The modern interpretation that is so common today is simply an attempt to discourage Christians from participating in civil government.
7 The Purpose of Civil Government Defined in the Bible(Romans 13:3-4 KJV) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.To encourage those who do good.To punish those who do evil.The Purpose of Civil Government is:
8 The Purpose of Civil Government Defined in Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men …The Declaration of IndependenceTo encourage those who do good.To punish those who do evil.Bible:Declaration:To secure citizens’ God-given rights.
9 The Source of Good Government “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were ....the general principles of Christianity... Now I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”John Adams
10 The Source of Good Government Example:Separation of Powers(the three branches of our government)For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King… (Isaiah 33:22)Judge: Judicial BranchLawgiver: Congressional BranchKing: Executive BranchThe Holy Bible
11 The Source of Good Government Example:Our President Must Be A Natural Born Citizen"you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.”(Deuteronomy 17:15)The Holy Bible
12 The Source of Good Government Witnesses on Capital Punishment Example:Witnesses on Capital Punishment“Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.”(Deuteronomy 17:6)The Holy Bible
13 The Source of Good Government Tax Exemption for Churches Example:Tax Exemption for Churches…it shall not be lawful to impose tax, tribute, or custom on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, Nethinim, or servants of this house of God.(Ezra 7:24)The Holy Bible
14 Responsible Voting For Whom Should We Vote? [I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.John AdamsThink not that your interests will be safe in the hands of the weak and ignorant; or faithfully managed by the impious, the dissolute and the immoral. -Matthias Burnett
15 The Christian Votesaw a 40% decrease in Christian voters.
16 The Power of the Christian Vote 2002A national effort among Christians saw the Christian vote increase in 2002 by 2%.Does 2% make a difference?
17 The Power of the Christian Vote: 2002 Since Roe v. Wade (1973) Congress had not passed one bill that reduced the scope of abortions or the type of abortions, but only restricted some funding. The 2002 congress became the first to pass not just one but three bills that protected unborn life; all three were signed by President Bush1. Infant Born-Alive Protection Act2. Unborn Victims of Violence Act3. Partial-Birth Abortion BanYes, 2% makes a difference!
18 The Christian Vote 2004 What will happen in 2014? It depends upon us! 2004 saw a 2% increase in Christian voters. If 2% had such a result, imagine the power of 10% or even more!What will happen in 2014?It depends upon us!
19 A Simple Plan of Action… Vote for Life Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; these were stated in this order for a reason.Without life, what good is liberty? Life must be protected above all things.Liberty is the natural state of life. Liberty is a primary factor that defines the quality of life.Pursuit of happiness (which means the right to property and to enjoy the fruit of one’s labors) is the natural expression of liberty.If a person will not protect your life, neither will they protect your liberty or your property.19
20 A Simple Plan of Action1Learn the basics of civic responsibility.(use this presentation as you wish)2Register To Vote.3Vote for those who represent life and Christian values(vote early at your county court house or administration building)20
21 Pray for America!The Holy BibleRighteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.-Proverbs 14:34
22 Feel free to use this presentation in any way you like. Use all of it, part of it, edit it.I just want to help restore righteousness to our nation.This presentation compiled byBrad ShermanPurpose MinistriesP. O. Box 5004Coralville, Iowa 52241Quotes and data taken from research done byDavid BartonWallBuilders P.O. Box Circle Drive Aledo, TX
23 Addendum The following slides are for pastors and Christian group leaders considering the Pledge. You don’t need to be a “pastor” to sign the pledge. If you lead a group and can carry out the three steps in the pledge you qualify. We only ask that you sign the sign up at: bradshermanmobile.com
24 The Christian Leader’s Pledge Teach your church or group about Civic Responsibility by sharing this presentation. (Feel free to use this presentation)Help your members to register and vote. (Registration forms can be downloaded online. See link at wwwbradshermanmobile.com)Find a suitable voter guide to educate your group on where the candidates stand regarding Christian values and issues. (we will provide resources)
25 Sign The Pledge at: - the people who know their God will display strength and take action (Dan 11:32 NASB)25
26 even if you are doing this on your own or with another organization. Two Reasons to Sign Upeven if you are doing this on your own or with another organization.In off-year elections it is easy to forget. Many people have made similar pledges, but need to refresh it in their minds.We need to make an impact on the GOP leaders. Christians are significant and we need to get their attention.By signing on at BradShermanMobile.com, your name will be automatically added to the GOPFAITH.com mailing list and you will be updated on important information. Signing is statement of intent and is not an endorsement of the GOP or any candidate.