Pastors have just one more Sunday to encourage their
congregations to vote their values -- and a Republican congressman
is imploring those pastors to discuss the election's implications
Sam Rohrer of the Pennsylvania
Pastors Network (PNN) says next week's election will be a
turning point for the nation, one direction or another.
"We believe that it's absolutely of critical importance that
pastors in the pulpits who hold the authority of Scripture stand up
and lead their people forward in understanding the importance not
just of this election at hand, but certainly the application of
biblical principles to all aspects of life and cultural issues,"
Rohrer comments. "They are in a key role for such a time as
Rohrer explains it is
not a matter of encouraging people to vote Democrat or
"This is absolutely a matter of voting biblical values, voting
those values and that sense of right and wrong according to the
biblical perspective as the only way that is going to maintain our
liberty and the freedom that God has blessed us with in this
country," the PNN president offers.
Pastors are not leading the charge alone, as many church members
are asking their pastors to speak out on what the Bible says about
the issues. Rohrer adds that the threat of a church losing
tax-exempt status is empty, because the Internal Revenue Service
has made no effort to silence pastors.
Representative Trent Franks (R-Arizona) has produced a video
imploring Christian pastors to counsel their flocks about what at
stake in the upcoming election -- not only for America but also for
Israel. The four-term congressman says depending on the outcome of
the presidential election, the results could have profound impact
In the video -- filmed on the Mount of Olives overlooking
Jerusalem -- Franks describes Israel as "America's most vital and
trusted ally on Earth." He fears if Barack Obama is re-elected, the
Jewish nation could face an increased Iranian nuclear threat.
"We as Americans understand that America's indigenous support
for Israel is not up for debate," he says. "But unfortunately our
present leadership in the White House has really stepped back from
our traditional, intense support for Israel to the extent that I
really fear that if Mr. Obama is re-elected that Israel's
challenges are going to be multiplied."
Out of 60 million evangelical Christians, registration records
reveal only 15 million evangelicals voted in 2000. Some 24 million
evangelicals -- roughly 40 percent of that voting bloc -- are not
registered to vote. Franks addresses that issue.
"For Christians, it seems like it's an especially egregious
irresponsibility not to vote when we have such a significant voting
bloc," says the Arizona lawmaker. "When pastors who lead the
Christian community don't emphasize the importance of our vote and
the importance of us doing the things necessary to make that Israel
doesn't stand alone in the world, then I feel like somebody's got
to say something to them."
Franks urges Christian citizens to recognize that the people of
Israel and the nation of Israel are the object of a sacred covenant
from God himself.
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