The Election Message Pastors Are Reluctant to Share

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The contrast between the two party platforms represented in Tuesday’s election and their vision for America cannot be more stark. These are not two paths to the same ultimate goal for America. Instead, they are diverging paths that lead to entirely different futures with entirely different conclusions on moral issues. America stands at a crossroad of decision, and God expects His people to engage in upholding truth and preserving what remains of our Christian heritage.

Because the policy positions of many of the candidates currently running for office are fundamentally at odds with the Bible and God’s purposes, the silence of God’s shepherds in this moment is deeply troubling. Equally troubling is the surprising number of Christians who intend to abstain from voting altogether. Pastors may be reluctant to warn their congregation of the moral perils inherent in some of the policies on the ballot, but we as God’s people cannot plead ignorance. God has sounded the alarm, often using voices from outside the church since those within have proven to be reluctant to say anything. Incredibly, national personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Ben Shapiro have provided greater moral clarity in this election season than much of what we’ve heard from our nation’s pulpits.

This election is ultimately a choice between two moral visions for America, and we cannot assume God will look favorably upon us if we choose not to uphold the vision that best comports with His moral commands. Recall God’s sober message to His people in the book of Jeremiah:

This is what the Lord says:

“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’

I posted watchmen over you who said,
‘Listen for the sound of the alarm.’
But you replied,
‘No! We won’t pay attention!’

“Therefore, listen to this, all you nations.
Take note of my people’s situation.

Listen, all the earth!
I will bring disaster on my people.
It is the fruit of their own schemes,
because they refuse to listen to me.
They have rejected my word”
(Jer. 6:16–19, NLT).

We who know God’s moral expectations for our country have an obligation to do our part to support leaders and policies that more closely align with biblical principles. Although many of God’s shepherds have refused to help their congregations identify the moral differences set before us, there are some who have been bold enough to proclaim God’s truth. Below is an outstanding election message delivered by pastor Gary Hamrick at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia. Regardless of whether you’ve made your choice, this message is absolutely worth your time, and I strongly encourage you to share it with your friends and family!

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Timothy Zebell

As a former missionary to Asia for twelve years and the author of several books, Timothy is passionate about helping people understand the relevancy of God's Word in today's world. His goals are to help Christians discern truth from error, empower Christians to speak into cultural matters with relevancy, and to help Christians capitalize on the opportunities that these matters provide for sharing the truth about God and His gospel message.
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