by Kung Fu Zu 10/18/15
The Prestonwood Baptist Church held a candidate forum today in Plano, Texas. Six Republicans accepted the invitation to come and present themselves and their ideas to the public. Each candidate was given about forty minutes to speak and answer questions. Unlike the circus atmosphere of the TV debates, this forum was a serious occasion which allowed some depth of discussion.
While it was good to hear the various candidates speak, the most interesting part of the forum was, to my mind, the few minutes during which Ralph Reed was on the dais speaking to the head pastor of Prestonwood. Two points, which he made stood out.
1. In the 2012 elections Evangelical Christians made up about 27% of the vote. In the 2014 elections they made up about 32% of the vote. Reed noted that whichever number one uses, Evangelicals make up a larger percentage of voters that Latinos, Blacks and LGBTs combined. He also mentioned another group which I cannot recall.
2. According to one estimate, 17 million Evangelicals didn’t vote in the last election. One half of these are not registered and the other half didn’t show up. This is a stunning piece of information.
Reed said that many Christians he meets complain that politics is dirty and they don’t want to take part in it. Reed mentioned that when confronted by such people he would use the analogy of a broken water pipe under the foundation of one’s house. If one wanted to fix the problem, one had to dig under the foundation and repair the pipe. And in the process of doing this one would of course get some dirt on one’s clothes. But if one simply left the pipe to leak it would soon undermine the foundation of the house. By not getting involved, Evangelicals are letting the foundation of the greatest country in history be destroyed.
I agree with Reed’s point, but will go even farther and paraphrase Trotsky by saying, “you may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.” No matter what a person does, politics is going to play a major role in one’s life.
It is clear that many, and perhaps most, of the scoundrels in government are taking the country down the road to perdition. They are at war with Christianity and will not simply stop when they think they have the upper hand. They are implacable and must be fought. And how should we fight? Can the reader imagine how differently things would be if Christians, particularly Evangelical Christians, would get up and do their civic duty?
Below is a piece I wrote in 2013. I think the suggestions I made are still valid. But even if one does not agree with all or some of them, Christians must start to re-engage in our culture and politics, else the country is lost. And if America is lost, the West is lost.
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