Election season is now at full throttle. In 32 days, American voters will set the stage for our nation’s public policy direction by deciding who leads the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and, indirectly, the Judicial Branch. However, right now is actually a key moment, too. Voter registration deadlines are swiftly approaching – many next week. If you’re not registered, you can’t vote.
Among Christians, there are a variety of views about the players in this election. In fact, NRB hosted a nationally televised evangelical Christian conversation about the presidential election last month. Some Christians are all in for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, some would choose neither, and some are undecided. Others may have chosen to focus just on congressional or state contests.
What Christians should not do is not vote. Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, NRB President & CEO, recently said, “Our Lord tells us to be faithful with the gifts and talents He gives us. One gift we have been granted that most people throughout human history have lacked is the gift of voting for our local, state, and national leaders. Yet less than half of Christians use that gift.”
Christians need to be engaged. Now is the time when NRB members and their listeners, viewers, and constituents can directly influence America’s public policy environment for years, or even - in the case of the courts - decades.
Dr. Johnson added, “Please register to vote today. It’s not just a privilege; it’s our responsibility.”
To find out your state’s voter registration deadline, please see this compilation of information from the federal government’s USA.gov.
On a related note, NRB announced this week “Christians Vote” PSAs featuring such NRB members as John MacArthur, Robert Jeffress, and Charles Stanley, as well as a few dramatic and humorous spots with more come. These nonpartisan audio segments range from 15 to 60 seconds in length, and they can be accessed for free download and use here.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: October 7, 2016