Over the election season, we have been following internet evangelist Bill Keller's "Vote for Jesus" campaign where Christians pledge to write in Jesus Christ for president on November 6. Earlier this week, we reported that over 1 million had signed a pledge signalling their commitment to "Vote for Jesus" because, in Keller's words, this year's Republican and Democratic presidential choices are "like "satan flipping a two-headed coin with his head on both sides."
It appears that not all Christians are happy about the Jesus for president campaign.
I recently learned of a campaign asking Christians to not vote or to write Jesus in as the candidate. The government of a nation is a reflection of its culture. Like many, for much of my life I called myself a Christian but I allowed the culture to influence my decisions. Most of my priorities and the things I valued were not things valued by God. If I bothered to vote, my focus was a leaders personality, if I liked them or not, and what I thought they could do for me. I was more interested in doing what was politically correct than what my Lord said. There was a disconnect between what I said I believed and how I voted. I ignored and rationalized foundational beliefs of candidates, political parties, and organizations diametrically opposed to the Bible and my faith.
Unfortunately our nation is seeing the effects of Christians not voting or voting for candidates who do not represent the values our nation was founded upon. In every race one candidate will win. We have a choice regarding who wins. If we choose not to speak our voice will not be heard.
According to Spillman, the "church is the moral compass" of the nation and that Christians "are here to influence our culture."
"It is time for the church to stand. Christians must speak the truth in love and show love by our actions," she concludes. "This election will be decided by the Christians. If we show up and vote for the candidates whose platforms most closely reflect Godly values then we will win. If we don't, we will get more of the same."